Originally posted by krizay:Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:Originally posted by Paul_Hofer:Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:Originally posted by Superbowl09:Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:Originally posted by TXNinerFan52:
Where is Spiller going to play? You don't waste a 1st round pick on a kick returner. We just drafted Coffee last year in the 3rd; let's see if he can play. We were so loaded at receiver last year Brandon Jones didn't get a chance to show us what he can do.
If you go back and watch the O-Line play from games this past year you will find out our RT, LG, and RG is where we had the most trouble. Chilo is young and athletic; he can get to the second level. Chilo is only in his 2nd year let’s give him one more year. Baas on the other hand is big and slow. He is in his 5th year; his first 3 years were spent on the bench. Baas has trouble getting to the second level and sometimes get faked out by the defensive lineman. I know drafting linemen is not the sexy thing to do, but we must do in order to get to where we're trying to go.
Everyone knows Sing wants to run the ball. He even told you during the season that the line play was unacceptable. I believe Sing is going to try to fix this line this off season. Sing knows we need to be able to run and pass the ball to get to where we need to go.
Spiller is much more than a "kick returner." CJ Spiller is the top-rated RB in this draft by most people's assessment. He would split time with Gore, very similar to what Carolina did when they drafted Jonathan Stewart 13th overall in 2008 when they already had a stud RB in DeAngelo Williams. The Panthers did this because they want to run the ball, and they know they can't just do it with 1 quality back.
Drafting Spiller allows us to rotate in a fresh, high-quality RB at all times, not to mention, adding a dimension to our running game that we haven't had in a long time...warp speed. Spiller also has the ability to line up in the slot and become a threat to catch passes (unlike Coffee), so it's another weapon on the field that teams have to account for.
Coffee is insurance, in case one of the two go down.
Just curious, Ghost, what did you vote for? I'm guessing 1 o-lineman + BPA?
As good as Iupati is, I personally don't think a quality guard makes as much of an impact on a team as a quality playmaker. So I'd be ok with picking up an OG in the 2nd round and probably not have a real drastic drop-off in talent/team impact between the two, and grab a playmaker like Spiller with that pick.
Or, as I mentioned in another post, trade down from 16/17 with someone who does want Iupati, grab a few more draft choices and pick BPA later in the 1st. If you trade back far enough in the 1st, you can even select Maurkice Pouncey who can be a nice OC/OG combo player for you.
To pick a 2nd Round guard, you have to believe that will be immediately better than Rachal and Baas who were both second round draft picks (and higher than our #49 pick this year). Iupati is considered a future Pro Bowler who the Niners can plug in from April 23. With a consistent OL, the Niners will have multiple playmakers in Crabtree, Morgan, Gore, VD and Walker.
But if a future pro-bowl guard (as you project him to be) was that valuable to teams, why is Iupati considered more of a mid-to-late 1st rounder and not a top-ten pick? Answer that question, and you'll understand my point about position value.
Think about it...if people can see him being that good, why is he not rated higher in terms of overall prospects. Does it have anything to do with the position he plays and how most teams see that position in terms of overall value???
Couldn't the same be said of Spiller?
I think you're against getting Spiller because he won't touch the ball enough to make an impact. I disagree. He'll be our PR/KR (and yes those touches do make a difference) and he'll probably get another 5-8 carries and 2-3 catches. You might not think that's a lot but if we can use him in clever ways like the Vikings do with Harvin and the Saints do (or used to do) with Bush, it could be high reward plays.
I think Spiller fills immediate needs for us.
Along the same lines, I wouldn't be upset if we passed on Spiller (for 2 OL) and got another slash type player (Gilyard) in the 2nd. While we wouldn't get the #2 RB I'd like, we get a better slot WR.