Originally posted by MadDog49er:
I doubt they have pitted their future to a guy with alcohol, weight, and character issues in the past. Simply too risky.
Boone is a bonus if he makes the roster, and if he can back up somebody in this league.
Didn't you say something similar, or worse, about another "project" player last year?
Guy by the name of Brooks, IIRC. You said he'd be lucky to make the roster and that you doubted that he'd contribute in any way.
I know that you don't claim to be infallible, and are willing to admit that you might have misjudged Brooks.
Think you might be making a similar mistake with Boone?
The "alcohol, weight and character issues" you mention really boil down to the same thing: an alcohol issue. It appears that Boone has addressed that problem, and like many people who make mistakes in their youth, he may have turned his life around.
I agree with you that it's risky to pin all the team's hopes at RT on Boone. However, he was with the team all last season, and has shown a rededication to football. Its not as if the team doesn't know him, hasn't seen him in practice every week, all of last season. His turnaround wasn't an overnight thing; it started sometime during last season, and continues even now.
Singletary himself says that its not where you start in the league, its where you finish. Boone barely got into the league at all due to the issues you point out. Now, however, he presents himself as a 6'8" 325 pound guy with some strength, stamina, and agility. He was a highly regarded recruit out of high school and a starter at Ohio State. In other words, take away the alcohol, weight and character issues, and you've got a pretty good RT prospect. IMHO.
If he makes it, it would be, like Brooks, another successful project player for Singletary.
The Niners still need to upgrade the talent on the OL. No question. However, I would not be surprised to see Boone win the RT position outright during TC and the exhibition season. He appears to have the dedication, desire and determination they're loooking for.
Nor would I be surprised to see the Niner's pass on an OT in the first round, especially if there's a run on the top tier guys early on, as seems likely.
Boone gives the Niners some flexibilty going into the draft, meaning that they shouldn't have to reach for an OT. I still believe they need to draft a couple of OL guys, OT and an interior guy, cause last year's OL mess was deeper than just the need to replace Snyder. IMHO.
But if the only OT choice left to them at #13 in the draft is a guy like Davis, and they're not sold on him, the presence of Boone gives them an option to pass on OT, and take a second tier OT--Ducasse, Veldheer, Black, etc.,--at #49, or later, instead.