You can see how the concept is forming in the deep recesses of the 49ers’ war room, influenced, of course, by the knowledge that the owner very much wants Jimmy Clausen…
I'm a little bit concerned that Jed is trying to recreate the glory years by getting a Notre Dame QB. I'm glad he's got roots to this teams history, but they don't need to live the past.
However, if the Niners view Clausen as a Pro-Bowl franchise QB, you have to grab that player. Also, if it was just the #13 and 17 I'd freak out. But if they are getting Cleveland or KC's 2nd, that's a high 2nd round pick. How much difference is there in value between #13/17 and #5 or 7 and a 2nd in this draft?
I'm assuming that the Niners don't believe any of the top OT's will fall to them at 13/17. So if that's the case, I'd rather trade down, grab Saffold, and build the teams around the QB to make them more successful. The last thing they need is to get another rookie QB killed behind a poor Oline.