Now this thread isn't meant to be a thread to bash MM, because he does an exceptional job covering the team. His blog is great.
However, his draft opinions leave much to be desired, especially when it comes to addressing the needs that the 49ers need to fill.
First, he's spent many of his time supporting the movement for the 49ers to draft McClain. He's backed off that a bit recently because scouts have told him that he's not an "elite" ILB a la Willis, Beason, etc. It has never made sense anyway. I don't see the need to draft another ILB when we have Willis and Spikes in the middle, and just drafted McKillop last year.
But now, he has seemed to be quietly supporting the idea of drafting a 34 DE, such as Odrick from Bust U. Why again? We have perhaps the best 34 DE in football in Smith, a solid starter in Sopoaga, and a good situational pass rusher in MacDonald. Not to mention we just used a first round pick in '07 on Balmer, another 34 DE.
It just seems to me that those positions are the last places where the 49ers should go. Not only are they not immediate needs, but those guys probably would not contribute right away. A RT like Williams or Bulaga would be starters from Day One. Spiller would be used in many situations. A cornerback or safety would see a lot of action either as a starter or in nickle and dime situations.
[ Edited by Schulzy on Feb 17, 2010 at 15:29:52 ]