Originally posted by Legbreaker:Originally posted by Travisty13:Originally posted by SWAGG-ER:
And so it begins...
According to CBS Sports' Rob Rang, Florida State QB Christian Ponder is "generating ... first-round buzz" after an impressive Combine.
Multiple accounts claimed that Ponder was the best, most accurate passer in Indy, and Rang passes along growing belief that five quarterbacks could be drafted in the top-32 picks. Along with Ponder, they would be Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Mallett, and Jake Locker. Per Rang, Ponder is now "viewed by some as the top true West Coast Offense quarterback in the draft."
but that could mean we don't get him. then it would be
He'll fall. Just watch.
Fall to what?
I don't recall in past years hearing talk about the absolute IMPERATIVE that a team have a great QB in order to be successful in the NFL. This is a relatively recent mantra and has been the predominant and recurrent theme this post season. It's the first thing the Niners talked about when the new hires were made. It was reiterated over and over during the playoffs.
This realization is front and center these days.
Everyone talks of the great OLBs, DBs, DLs etc., and I confess the talk is sexy and sounds great. But any ONE of those guys will not have HALF the impact on the team's peformance that a QB will have.
So FIRST . . . you resolve your issues at QB. And, yes, you even take greater risks when making the choice at QB than any other position. After that, knock yourself out at the other positions.
Donno what game some guys were watching this year, but did your hear: The Packers had fifteen . . . count 'em . . . FIFTEEN starters go down on IR. They still won the SB against a juggernaut defense. I don't have to tell you why. ONE guy can make that kind of difference . . . and, sorry, but he's not playing DB, or OLB, or DL. Never before has that point been more cogently made and every team is well aware of it.
IF Ponder is a top grade talent (some call it franchise QB) . . . Swag is presenting some pretty compelling eveidence that he is; and
IF he is CLEARLY the Niners top rated QB talent on the board (not co-equal, or one in a group of QBs); then
Can you honestly say that, with at least half of the teams out there fixated on finding the right guy, the Niners can afford to gamble that their franchise QB is going to last another 38-odd picks until it comes time to pick in the second? The Niners better not be taking a "wing-and-a-prayer" approach on this one. You can be sure that if the Niners feel he's the one, there's going to be at least a dozen others that will be feeling it too.
People talk about "reaching" and "value pick". You know, candidly, I don't even know what that means in this context. It's more like an emotional word/term people throw around to bolster ther argument when they can't present some solid rationale.
Now, if the Niners DON'T feel that he is all that, then this discussion is moot.