Originally posted by 9erHIGH:
i dont think the b.graham pick is a bad pick, i just dont think scot will do it.
i get the impression that the 9ers front office feels better about their pass rush
than all of us do. i think they feel like they're on to something with brooks,
and i believed they are fairly satisfied with lawson and haralson on 3rd downs,
with briggs in the wings.
i wouldnt be surprised to see them try to get back into early second
and try to make a move on a guy like hughes, but more than likely,
i dont think they will take a OLB any earlier than the 3rd.
i see them taking spiller over graham in a little bit of a surprise, but not as much
of a surprise when we recall scot also took vernon and crabtree with the 6 and 10
overall respectively. spiller has both the speed that scot likes to draft
and the playmaking ability he likes to talk about. i would also feel much more
confident as a GM knowing i have spiller and coffee if gore goes down,
than i would with coffee and mccluster???
i'm not very confident in mccluster. even less stout than other small guys
like d.jackson, sproles, s.smith, etc. i wouldnt want to draft him.
i'd rather see gilyard or ford with this pick if we pass on spiller and
the rest of the picks go as u project. i really believe gilyard can develop into
an ochocinco style player but from the slot. i like his feet. ford has deep threat
written all over him, and with him focusing on football and no more track,
i think his ceiling is MUCH higher than people give him credit for.
as it is many were surprised by his route running and hands...
he might even be gone before we pick in the 2nd
I hear where you are coming from but have a feeling Graham may be a special one like Terrell Suggs or Dwight Freeney. And don't forget, you cannot have too many pass rushers as shown by the Giants. This second first rounder is a hard one and had me waffling so much. But teams win by being able to stop the pass. Our pass rush is based more on scheme then actual talent. Yes, Brooks had that breakout game vs. Arizona but nothing as close afterwards. This is because Brooks is still raw. Both Harrelson and Lawson have a tendency to get nicked up while Briggs is strictly a back-up. So picking up Graham may not be so far-fetched here.
Spiller would have been real nice for our second first rounder but McCluster is close. Even though he is small, he does have some ability to break takles. Take a look at the game he had against Tennessee, which has two first round talents in Berry and Williams and you will see he is more than shake and bake. Most of you may remember Dexter Carter who we drafted out of FSU almost twenty years ago. If you just breathed on Dexter, he would fall down. But McCluster is no Dexter Carter. Take a look at his games and you will see he plays bigger than his size. In fact he made a decleating block on one defender but forget which game that was. Saying that, would have hoped Wilson or Cox could have fallen to them in the second round but corners usually get picked up quickly and a little ahead of where they may have been viewed. sS could not see them last to our second. Gilyard and Ford at WR were also options but they cannot do what McCluster can do in the backfield and McCluster can play the slot as well as they do. But all are really good returners. Overall, McCluster could do just a little more than those players and that is why I felt we pick him. BTW, no way Gilyard and Ford go past the second round unless they tear something in their legs.