Originally posted by 9erred:
Webzoners need to read or re read The Winning Edge by Bill Walsh. He ranks what positions should be taken by rounds.
Left Tackles should be taken in round 1, Right tackles can be had in later rounds.
Guards should not be taken in the first few rounds.
1st round picks are reserved for DL or in the 3-4 rush OLB, shut down corner, WR, QB and Left tackle, note I did not say a right tackle.
I personally would have no problem with going for the best pass rusher at OLB and a shut down corner or FS in round 1, and a RT in round 2 or beyond.
I know what you are trying to say, but the problem is, we are not trying to be that type of team.
We are not building a west coast offense. Instead we are an offense that takes some shots and likes to (or at least WANTS to) run the ball. We don't currently have a good enough quarterback to deal with any kind of pressure. In fact, I have seen both Hill and Smith on multiple occasions, run out of a well protected pocket, only to run pointlessly into a defender and essentially, sack themselves.
Joe Montana was a genius, and had brilliant pocket presence. He could deal with pressure.
Keep Bill Walsh and every other 49er from the era, and replace Joe Montana with Alex Smith. How many Super Bowls would we have won in the 80's? ZERO.
I agree with the argument that you have to spend most of your effort looking for an All-Pro quarterback, rather than protecting an average one, but that philosophy is simply not going to happen. The 49ers don't have the brilliant mind of a Walsh to find their next franchise quarterback; so they aren't going to spend a bunch of picks and trade up in the draft, trade with a team etc, for a quarterback because they have no idea how good that player will be.
Bill Walsh also understood how his draft picks would fit within his SYSTEM. He understood who, what, when, where and why. He didn't just draft guys who are big, strong, tough, etc like we do now with little care or significance placed upon how they fit our system or team.