Originally posted by nvninerfan1:Originally posted by SF69ers:
Right Tackle has to be a pick with at least one of our first rounders. Did you watch the last couple of games this past season? We were supposed to run over the Detroit Lions and the St.Louis Rams. Those two teams have some of the worst rush defense in the league. Yet, we couldn't even get a push against the Lions d-line or we let guys like Victor Adeyanju push through with little resistance. We must address the tackle position especially if we have to play against Suh next season.
Oh, believe me I want to see us draft a quality O with one of the 1st round picks. I just don't believe that a rookie ROT will be the difference between being middle of the road and being the NFC champion. Most ROTs in this league are one of either two things. Either a player who was drafted too high as a LOT, or one that was drafted a little later and grew into a solid ROT.
I do remember a couple of teams that drafted the can't miss LOT of the future and now they are playing OG for teams, e.g. Gallery and Leonard Davis.
For that matter we never drafted Adam Snyder as OT, we drafted him as a OG.
When I see the words "must" or "have to" I alway find them mutually exclusive when it comes to the draft.
For the position that we have a lot of talented playmakers, let be realistic.
We have a RB who is very good and misses about 2 to 3 games a season.
Yup, he makes some long TD runs, but he's not going to out run or juke most
players in a one-on-one contest.
We have a TE that makes world class catches for touchdowns, but misses
other catches that bounce off his hands. Also, he's non-existent as the
hot read on blitzes.
We have Crabtree who can grow into a heck of a possession receiver given more
time with the team, but he's not the deep threat that other teams have.
Now we come to D. Walker, Morgan and maybe throw in J. Hill.
Walker makes a good play or two every game, but he's not a featured
playmaker that other teams have to game plan against.
Morgan, he's done a good job for a 6th round pick but he's been non-existent
in alot of games. J. Hill has great track speed, but it doesn't transition to the
football field. Since we are in the "weak" NFC West I'll use our competition as
a guide. Right now, these guys would have a hard time cracking the Cardinals
lineup as a 4th receiver, ala Jermy Urban.
So where is this wealth of playmakers you were talking about? Oh, and do any of
then return kicks (yea, I know that Morgan was forced in that role, but he's no Breaston).
Why not try a little realism on for size. It might help.
I never said that selecting a ROT in the 1st would catapult us to the playoffs. However, adding a top notch tackle in the draft would assist in that process. Our offense, despite having inconsistencies within the o-line, performed average to above average. We were pretty damn close to winning the west. So if we upgraded the ROT position with a player like Bryan Bulaga, you don't think that would help? Another year of having Snyder start at ROT could really ruin our chances to making the playoffs. I never said that we had a wealth of playmakers. I'm all for drafting an explosive playmaker like Spiller, ONLY if we use the other pick on an OT.
Recent offensive linemen selected in the first round like Ryan Clady, William Beatty, Jake Long, Duane Brown, Michael Oher, a lot of these players are performing very well.
Btw, read my post before putting words in my mouth.
[ Edited by SF69ers on Jan 20, 2010 at 14:31:01 ]