Originally posted by Niners23:
Originally posted by Draftology:
I want a player that can help us this year. Dan Williams wouldn't start for at least one year and would probably take two or three years to develop into a good player. Iupati immediately makes our o-line much better. Steve Hutchinson and Alan Faneca are two of the most valuable linemen in the NFL. Iupati would be a HUGE upgrade.
You would put a guard #13 on your big board? Consensus around the league is that while Iupati is good, he isn't as dominant an OG as Hutchinson was coming out, and he was only drafted #17. So, to me, #13 is just way too high for an OG, and it's fine if Williams takes a year to develop, because we have Franklin franchised for this year anyways.
First of all we could try Iupati at tackle. At Idaho, the guard position was more important than tackle so Iupati was put there. He has the athleticism to play tackle, but he needs to learn technique. That's why he struggled at the Senior Bowl. He had a week to learn a completely new position. But if he stays at guard, which I think he will, he can be dominant. He has Steve Hutchinson upside. He just needs to learn proper technique. He would be an immediate upgrade. Dan Williams, on the other hand, would not start for a year or two. The NFC West is about as weak as it's going to get, so this would be our best opportunity to win the division. I think Iupati has more upside, fills a bigger need, and would have an immediate impact.