I touched on this in the Rachal thread on Niner Talk, but wanted to give the draft-savvy in this forum, a chance to comment on the following observations and conclusion.
Conclusion: McCloughan is a better draft evaluator for the NFL OT position versus the NFL OG/C interior OL positions. And if that is true, why hasn't McCloughan drafted more players for the NFL OT position over the years?
Supported by these observations:
Players drafted to be NFL OT:
Staley - has worked out well so far
Players drafted to be NFL interior OL (OG/C):
Baas - oft-injured, inconsistent
Snyder - LT in college, but drafted as a NFL OG, versatile, slow of foot
Wallace - who knows, he never dresses, bust?
Rachal - regressed in 2009, still raw and under-developed
McCloughan has been famously quoted as saying, "You can get guards", when explaining why he declined to be pay FA OG Smiley (drafted before McCoughan's watch). That's not evident given this draft record.
Scott, how about a true NFL OT (or 2) in this upcoming draft? Maybe let Solari call the shot on whomever the club targets for NFL OG/C. Just sayin'.......