Originally posted by 9erHIGH:
i like your take.
FA: dont forget chester pitts is a real possibilty... maybe even otagwe after june 1st
S: we really need r.smith to show us something this year or get a surprise from c.taylor tho i think he'll need another year. goldson needs to be extended
DL: balmer needs to step up so we can cut soap. franklin needs to be extended
Pitts is a possibility, but there are plenty of very good OG prospects in the draft, so if the niners take one in the first three rounds Pitts might be out. Or, Pitts might replace Adam Snyder since he can play RT as well as LG. We'll see how that plays out, but I think they will wait to see what they end up with in the draft.
Atogwe is a real possibility and that might be the reason the niners stay away from drafting a safety early. If they take Earl Thomas in the first round that might mean that Atogwe won't be here, or it means that we are confident that Thomas can play CB. Goldson, Lewis, and Smith are definitely on the team next year, and Taylor is impressing people with his potential.
Sopoaga was a big part of our run defense last year. He is at the very least solid. Back-up NT is more of a priority. The team has guys like Jean-Francois, Demetric Evans and even the late arrival Derek Walker as insurance against Balmer not reaching his potential. DE is definitely not a priority for this draft.