Originally posted by JizzmasterZero:
Originally posted by foreign49er:
Originally posted by JizzmasterZero:
I understand we can add guard in the second or 3rd. But I want elite! I want the #1 OG who by all expert opinion will be a pro-bowler for years to come. I seriously don't want a CB with the first pick, or second for that matter. I rate CB as the #5 teamneed at the moment. #1 is OT, #2 is LG, #3 is S, #4 is Passrushing OLB, THEN CB at #5. There were only 3 teams better at scoring defense than us last year...the Jets, Ravens(surprisingly), and the Cowpukes....ON the flipside, there were 26 teams who were better on offense than us. I miss the days of the 40 point maulings we inflicted on the league, and we'll never get there without an "elite" offensive line.
I'm pretty sure most zoners here agree that fixing the line was the biggest offseason issue. You can't win if you don't score, and we wont be scoring with 2 guys hammering alex and gore getting stuffed all the time.
Nobody said we don't need people on the offensive line, but Haden is Iupati but at corner. Pro-Bowl corners are harder to find than Pro-bowl Guards. I think everybody can agree on that too. Your draft strategy is need over BPA, mine is BPA over need when you can fill the need later on. Rather than need first then BPA later on.
I think you can waste a pick on an elite Guard, but you'll never waste a pick on an elite corner.
I wouldn't consider selecting Iupati a wasted pick when our OL was ranked DEAD LAST in football last year, and is arguably the weakest unit on our team. I'd consider it filling our biggest need by adding a perennial probowler. And about BPA vs drafting for Need....I think you need a mixture of both. I wouldn't want the BPA on the board if it's an inside linbacker when we pick. Hard to argue that we'd do any better than willis...EVER :) What we NEED is OL, and QUALITY OL is mainly found in the first round...even guards. Iupati is Quality, and will be gone by the end of the first. CB is NOT our most pressing need, and we NEED to fill our TEAM NEEDS with the elite talent that can be found in ROund 1 of one of the deepest drafts in a loooooonnnnngggg time. I'd hate to say it, but BPA isn't ALWAYS the best strategy. Would the colts take Claussen if he's still on the board at #30?
Our O-line was ranked dead-last based on what? One person's opinion of what constitutes a good O-line? We had a bad O-line, but don't panic and snap at O-lineman when there are more valuable players available.
If the right ILB is there we should take him, Take won't play forever, this might actually be his last year. Willis isn't the only ILB on the team, we run a 3-4. CB isn't our most pressing need but Clements has already lost a step and we know we'll need to find his replacement soon. Tarrell Brown hasn't really become the player we thought he would and Spencer isn't a true #1 so who steps in as #1 once Clements is gone?
And yes, the Colts would take Clausen. They'd be crapping their pants if they got Clausen. Believe it or not, Peyton Manning won't be around forever. I know it's hard to believe seeing how long Favre is playing but most quarterbacks actually do retire. If they draft Clausen they get the #2 QB in the draft at the 30th slot. Clausen succeeding Manning would be a dream scenario for any Colts fan.
Last year the 49ers #1 need was RT, we passed and took the BPA. We didn't have a second 1st round pick. This year we do, it's a no-brainer to go BPA then RT; fill a need and get a potential pro-bowler. If Iupati wasn't able to move to LT later on, he wouldn't even be in the 1st round conversation. He will be good but it's much much easier to find good guards in later rounds than it is to find good corners in later rounds. I'm not saying it's impossible, but personally I'd feel better taking the best corner that early than taking the best guard.
[ Edited by foreign49er on Mar 2, 2010 at 12:25:20 ]