To start, a quote from a very notable source:
Originally posted by jimbagg:
Picks 1a, 1b and 2 should be able to challenge for a starting position immediately.
The soft spots in the current starting line-up are at RT, RS, S and CB.
Why draft for 2011 when it could be a lock-out year?!
Draft for immediate contribution in 2010.
That's it right there! Draft for immediate contribution.
That premise is the foundation of this thread. With our first three picks we can take immediate contributors for three positions: ROT, OG, and RS. The first of these, the ROT, will be had in the first two especially given the caliber of prospects. As I have said before, the best ROT caliber prospect is Trent Williams and he can start with experience and talent to man our RT position for years.
The next two picks are the tricky ones, but I believe that it will come down to two players: CJ Spiller or Mike Iupati, both of whom are my top picks for the first. I want both of these cats, but RT prospects are too good to let go in the first so now it comes down to those two.
Of those two, Spiller would bring FLASH and excitement with his playmaking ability and being able to take it to the house each time he touches the ball. We have been missing this kind of piece to the playoff puzzle for so long. I have been wanting a RS since I was following the draft with Jackson, Maclin and now CJ. So how many plays will he see as a result?
Well those touches would fail in comparison to the number of plays Iupati would have as our starting LOG. He's an immediate upgrade who can replace Baas, now. No other player in that range could do that. Not Graham. Not Thomas. Not D. Williams. Not even CJ, my ultimate favorite player. Stick Iupati in and call it a day!
With Trent Wiliams at RT and Mike Iupati at LOG we now have a starting OL like this:
Staley-Iupati-Heitmann-Rachal-Williams with backups in Baas, Snyder, Sims, Boone, and Wragge with Pashos going to follow Foerester to Washington. Wow, what a line and what depth! Finally.
With the OL set for the next 6 years at least, we can turn our attention to RS in the second. There, we can have a bevy of RS to choose from that also can contribute in offense or defense. The list is quite large there: Wright, Cox, McCluster, J. Best or even J. Ford who I think will skyrocket after the Combine from the third.
You see, that combo above would satisfy Jimbagg's statement. Sure, two OLs in the first is not the flashiest or the most popular of picks, but man, they are rock solid, very talented at their respective positions and can contribute immediately. You have the best RT prospect and a Pro Bowl G prospect with those two. That's Awesome!
We wouldn't have to wait for development. We wouldn't have to wait for them to play. We wouldn't have to wait for 2011 for contribution.
We would have results, now!
I believe a two OL first is the best choice!
[ Edited by ninertico on Feb 9, 2010 at 9:37 AM ]