Hi everyone, just joined up; glad to be here. Anyways as you can tell I’m a die hard niner fan from Toronto, and I’m usually watching hockey on Saturdays, so my knowledge of the NCAAF is limited. I try watching as many niner games as I can [mostly on the net] and I think our team is on the right track. Like everyone else here, I agree that our biggest need is RT. Now here’s where some might disagree with me, I think our second biggest need is in the secondary, and not a DE/OLB pass rusher. With Parys, Manny, Justin Smith, Brooks, Spikes and Willis, we have the pieces in place to put pressure on the QB, without having to spend another 1st or 2nd round pick into that department. We need a shutdown CB or dominant FS to complement the front 7. Clements is a good but not great player, and is on the downside of his career. Lewis is slow and injury prone. I’m a big fan of Spencer, but on a great team he’s a No. 2 guy. Our third biggest need is a KR/PR; anyone who watched games last year knows that we were terrible. I was actually happy every time we called for a fair catch or had a kneeldown. This needs to change.
Now im not going to make a mock, because as everyone knows, you cant predict what’s going to happen. What I will do is try and a come up with scenarios in which we can get the biggest game breakers and maximize our first three picks. Ill first come up with a list of several players which I think are locks to go in the first ten picks. Here they are:
Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska
Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma
Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma
Jimmy Clausen QB Notre Dame
Dez Bryant WR Oklahoma State
Russell Okung OT Oklahoma State
So there are 6 of the top ten picks, I don’t know in what order. Now if I had to bet on it, I’d definitely add Berry to that list, but I want all the GM’s to drink Mayock’s cool-aid and have him drop to us at 13. That’s the only reason he’s not there. Here are four defensive players that have a chance to go 7-12. Now as I stated before I don’t think these players fit the needs we have, so for my scenario to work out, we need 2-3 of these players to be taken before our pick at 13.
Jason Pierre Paul DE USF
Rolando McClain ILB Alabama
Sergio Kindle OLB Texas
Brendan Graham OLB Michigan
So here come our picks. Like I said, we need to maximize the value of our picks, i.e. Take the BPA. Obviously a DB and a couple OT will have been taken by the time we get to here, so we have to hope that GM’s rate Thomas higher than Berry like Mayock does and he is the first DB taken. We also need SEA to take one of the two QB’s with their first pick, so that they’re forced to take an LT with their second first rounder. So if this plays out, we can have Berry at 13 [unlikely] or Haden at 13 [probable]. Like I said before, we need help in the secondary, and Berry at FS or Haden as our future shutdown CB would be amazing.
Eric Berry S/CB Tennessee 1a
Joe Haden CB Florida 1a
Earl Thomas S Texas 1a
C.J. Spiller RB/KR Clemson 1a
If we do take Berry/Haden, and for some miracle, Spiller is still available at 17 we should jump all over that and take him. He’s a gamebreaker. In this scenario we get a gamebreaker in the secondary and another one in the backfield. I love Gore [currently my fav. player] but he lacks breakaway speed, and having Spiller as a change of pace back will help the Oline and prolong Gore’s productive years. By the way, there’s no chance I put Spiller back there returning punts. Way too dangerous for a 1st rounder, kicks I would, [albeit reluctantly] but not punts. We can find a KR/PR in later rounds.
C.J. Spiller RB/KR Clemson 1b
Bryan Bulaga OT Iowa 1b
Trent Williams OT Oklahoma 1b
Anthony Davis OT Rutgers 1b
Bruce Campbell OT Maryland 1b
I know I put RT as our biggest need, and I still stand by that, but its RIGHT tackle, which I know is crucial, but its not LT, which is absolutely essential. I think if this plays out, we have to take Berry/Haden and Spiller in the first and gamble that we can solve RT in the second round. We cannot pass up the chance to add two more playmakers to our already potent line-up. The next few players are the following three tackles in terms of rankings.
Charles Brown USC OT
Rodger Saffold Indiana OT
Vladimir Ducasse Massachusetts G/OT
I don’t know much about them so I haven’t ranked them, and we need to move up in the 2nd round to pretty much select any of these players. Brown and Saffold are rated higher than Ducasse, so if we want to move up to grab the first two, I think it will require trading 2nd rounders and giving up a 3rd, or if we value Ducasse and think we can grab him a bit later, it should only require trading 2nd’s and giving up a 4th. I would be extremely happy if this played out as it would be a monumental draft, one we would be looking back on in a few years while enjoying our 6th Lombardi!!!
Thanks for taking the time to read this long winded thread, I welcome all responses. GO NINERS!!!