*I for one don't think we NEED to draft a Tackle in the first round but we do have to address the offensive line. Were not looking for someone to protect the blind side unless Staley goes down. We need someone to anchor the right side, and flip over to the left in the event of a Staley injury, but I don't believe we should necessarily use one of our first round picks. Especially if Okung, Bulaga, T. Williams, and Davis are gone although I'm not completely sold on Davis and Im not a fan of Cambell as I feel were not in a position to take a project player in the first.
* Some say Guard Mike Iupati is capable of playing tackle, and I would prefer to trade back into the low to mid 20's to select him if we were to. I just feel that 17 is a little to high for a guard, especially if there is a player that slides and someone wants to trade up for them. Hes the best guard in the draft and if he could become a Steve Hutchinson calibur player he's worth taking a chance on at 17 and maybe even 13, although that is high for a guard and I believe that there should be better prospects available at 13. Overall, I hope we wait until later to draft a guard.
I agree and also think there will be some value at RT available with our 49th pick at least. The RT's id be happy drafting in the 2nd - 4th round would be.....(No particular order)
*Potential RT Solutions*Height Weight 40 Dash
Rodger Saffold Indiana 6-4⅝ 316 5.20
Vladimir Ducasse Massachusetts 6-4⅜ 332 5.27
Charles Brown Southern Cal 6-5⅜ 303 5.20
Sam Young Notre Dame 6-7½ 314 5.33
Selvish Capers West Virginia 6-4⅝ 308 5.14
Ciron Black LSU 6-4 327 5.42
Lee Ziemba Auburn 6-7¼ 306
Trinton Sturdivant Georgia 6-5⅜ 308
For more info and scouting reports on these guys and a total of 39 offensive tackles eligible for the draft check out this draft resource I use often
Young and Black are my favorites from the group mentioned above because they've anchored the blind side and started for their respective teams the last 3 years and have been healthy and consistent. Not only that they are capable of being moved inside to Guard and that added flexibility adds value and depth to our team.
Combine that with a slimmed down Boone (whom I hope will wow us this year btw but trying not to get hopes up) and it looks like we've got some young and healthy competition on our line. All Im saying is we don't HAVE to draft OT in the first round, but if the BPA is an OT and we cant trade back pull the trigger! We have options. Can Boone play guard maybe?
I have a feeling someone is going to fall right into our laps at 13 and its not going to be a top tackle and I believe this will occur due to a run on OL in the top 10. I am very excited having 3 of the first 49 picks. This draft could put us over the hump.
Who is your favorite 2-4th round prospect in the draft? If you could land our future RT in the 2nd, who would u bet your lovers life on?