Originally posted by nickbradley:
Originally posted by DesiDez:
The link above shows the earliest drafted guard in the 1st rd.
17 is a perfect spot for Iupati
Weren't most of the guards drafted this high converted to OT?
No! Majority remain at guard, only a hand full have been and even less have suceeded.
As far as safe pick and reaching, EVERYBODY can be considered a reach or unsafe to some degree until their career is done.
While Iuapati came from a school that is not BCS, you cannot judge on that only. However he did play at Division I level. Larry Allen and a host of others have come from small schools and suceeded big time. By harping on this as one of your arguments you are narrowing your self by showing how little you understand the game. Problem with big schools sometimes is that they are surrounded by talent that can hide their flaws. As for the other argument about he holds-EVERYBODY holds-you just have to hide it better. Plus Iowa ain't known for extraordinary OL, decent but not extrordinary.
The niners addressesed what they not you wanted a RT and LG! I always hated the concept of taking a talented athlete and trying to convert the person into another position because the niners have not done well in this area, when they stuck to a player playing his position then they came away okay or great.
They didn't need two tackles, as a guard Buluga will be just ordinary compared to Iupati. As a safe pick Iupati is safer then Baluga at guard. Plus they wanted maulers. With that said the niners would have taken Baluga at tackle if Davis was gone. But it is done, get over it. the more you harp over this the more people will harp on you.