Originally posted by English:
Originally posted by excelsior:
Yes, and what makes you think that Solari/Brown would conclude that Rachel would make a good RT? Man, isn't he the guy who stood flat-footed time and time again at RG, while DTs flew by him on their way to the QB? You think he will miraculously become quick and reliable enough to prevent hard-rushing DEs from getting by him? Interesting.
Yes. And I am not sure Solari would have made such a critical decision - and then draft based on it - based on just 2 days OTAs
But keep in mind, Solari also ran the OL drills at the Combine, so he got an up close look at every OL prospect, center, guard and tackle, that was there.
Then a few short weeks later he runs the OTAs for the Niners OL. Should be easy for him to compare the draft prospects with what's already available.
Plus he'll have weeks, by the time the draft arrives, to study film of last years OL, and he'll undoubtedly have input from Raye and other coaches about the strengths and weaknesses of last year's OL.
On top of that, wasn't he OL coach for Seattle most recently? My guess is that the Niner's OL problems have been well known by our NFC West opponents for some time. Seattle's pressure up the middle, specifically by R. Bernard a couple years ago, has been repeated by Arizona as well. The only reason St. Louis couldn't copy the plan has been their lack of DL.
The idea of using Rachal at RT this next season is one that had not occurred to me. If its considered by the Niners, that would give them, prior to the draft, a total of six (6) prospects at RT: Staley, Snyder, Sims, Patrick, Boone and Rachal. Assuming that they want to keep Staley at LT, and Sims at swing tackle, there are still four (4) prospects at RT before the draft even starts.
If A. Boone were to have come out for the draft this year, would he be a first round prospect if he showed up in his present shape and w/o the character concerns of last season?
This is the same question JimBagg is asking--if there are already valid, serious, bona fide RT prospect(s) on the team, would drafting an OT in the first be worth it, or should the Niners focus on other needs in the first and look for an OT prospect later in the draft?
[ Edited by oldninerdude on Apr 12, 2010 at 1:59 PM ]