Originally posted by dj43:
Winning teams draft the BPA. Desperate teams draft for need.
In this case, the 49ers should draft BPA regardless of where they pick; #5, #8, where ever. If Luck comes out, he will go to Carolina. Unless the 49ers are willing to give up Willis, they won't be able to get Luck away from the Panthers. If Luck does't come out, then it doesn't matter anyway. I don't see any of the other QBs that are coming out that will be worth a top 10 pick.
The next biggest need is a pass rusher, more so than a CB. A pass rusher will make the entire secondary look better because opposing QBs will have much less time to find a receiver. There are a couple of guys who might be worth a #5 pick although there is a lot of testing to be done.
After that come CB and there should be a good one there when they pick.
What really complicates this is that it is clear Troy isn't the answer but Alex would be a good intermediate working until a rookie comes on. The trouble with that is that Alex is very unlikely to want to stay here after all the garbage he has taken from the fans, not that his performance has been spectacular but he has been hampered as no other QB in a long time.
All that being said, they may have to reach in the second round or trade back into the first but when you have a chance for an impact player, even if it is not your greatest need, you get the impact guy. Don't reach for need. That is a waste of draft value.
I agee with everything you said except keepng Alex. No matter how you slice it, the personalites, politics, lack of performance and the mental drain of keeping Alex aboard would hinder this team's, as well as, Alex's performance and growth. He could not even handle Sing calling him out, how in the hell do some you expect for him to handle another coach, another system, another set of expectations, etc... Some of you speak of Nate's learning disabilities, but as one poster pointed out, Alex has demonstrated that he too has a learning disability; which was explicitly expresed by his college coach!
At least with another team, Alex may have a fighting chance. Right now, he and the 49ers are a bad marriage and nothinbg can change that. If you are a fan of Alex, you should hope that the end of the season marks an official divorce! It would simply be unfair to this team and Alex if he remains with the organization.