Originally posted by Quitugua:
Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
Originally posted by 49ersalldaway126:
Originally posted by nw9erfan:
Originally posted by rayn36:
Originally posted by nvninerfan1:
I want either a stud DE that we can pair with Justin Smith or an OLB that can pressure QBs.
Our DBs would look good if there was havoc in the backfield more often.
By this logic, Prince should be below Quinn, Miller, and Darius on boards. So far, no one has made an argument for why we should draft Prince over these guys. I know there are many of you out there.
I'm starting to buy into that logic.... The Niners defense would be upgraded tremendously if they had a stud pass rusher....and they can still get a fine CB prospect in the second round. By then, the stud pass rushers will probably be gone.
Stud pass rushers do not grow on trees. Both Indy (Dwight Freeney) and Dallas (DeMarcus Ware) were criticized at the time for drafting these guys too high....but both teams knew how important stud pass rushers are...so they pulled the trigger...and both teams were right to do so...
its very rare for shutdown corners to be found outside the first round hpwever u can find a lot of elite pass rushers especially OLB outside first round
This is ture, but the argument isn't necessarily about an elite player at one position vs. an elite player at another, but more so, what that elite player can do for the entire defense. On more occasions than not, the elite pass rusher makes the defense look better than the elite CB does. When you think about the great defenses of all time, the 80s Bears, 80s Giants, 70s Steelers, 90s Bucks, Ravens of the 200s, etc, or even some second tier defenses like Buddy Ryan's Eagles, they were known for their pass rush.
If my memory serves me well. I can recall & remember that we've had both in the '80's & '90's...
We certainly did. But I think it's safe to say that in 1981, but taking nothing away from our All World secondary, I think Fred Dean took that defense to another level.
Pass rushers do much more for the defense. They make the QB uncomfortable. They make them throw when they don't want to. They make them throw before they want to. They may alter passes, force fumbles, can create tackles behind the LOS, etc. P
People have made an argument that a great pass rusher doesn't always equal a great defense. There are always exceptions to the rule (see the Houston Texans). However I honestly can't recall a great defense that had a great corner, but a poor pass rush. Our D-Line is strong, the interior of our linebackers are strong, we have one solid OLB (in Manny Lawson), and now we need the pass rusher that defenses must game plan for. This frees up guys like Willis, Bowman, Lawson, Laboy, Brooks, etc. The pick of a potentially dominant OLB is probably the final piece to the puzzle of us having one of the top front 7s in the league (top 10 at least). However, even with a corner like Prince, who I do like, our secondary still will be the weakest link on our defense. We'd look much better on defense with Robert Quinn in the frist and Brandon Harris in the second vs. taking Prince in the first and one of the converted DEs in the 2nd round.