Originally posted by CrabsAndVD:
in my opinion it would be a reach, theres gonna be better talent when we pick anyways so i dont really see it happening. our dline wasnt our weakness and jordan is neither bpa or a need this soon in draft
Saying the D-line isn't a need is a little naive. Considering that the Niners have had to depend on a platoon at RDE for a few years now, since they don't have one guy that can stay in there for 3 downs. You have two guys trying to do the work of one guy.
Further, DE in a 3-4 is more valuable than OLB or CB, since it is very hard to find guys that are actually good at it.
Next, has has been stated numerous times already, Fangio runs more of a hybrid 3-4, which sees the D-Line running a 4 man front almost as much as running a 3 man front. When running a 4 man front you need the line to get pressure on the QB from the D-Line, which, apart from Justin Smith, hasn't been very good at it.
Cameron Jordan has flashed a skill set along the lines of a Justin Smith, with a ton of pass rush moves to get to the QB. He was in a 3-4 at CAL, so he doesn't need to be taught the position, unlike many other guys coming out of college. It typically takes at least 3 years, according to most Defensive Coaches in order to even train a guy to be the 5 technique.
Also, Cameron Jordan is very flexible and you could move him around the line.
At the Senior Bowl practices he manhandled everyone and was unblockable. Jordan was one of the first, if not the first, guy that Baalke was seen talking to. And, Cameron Jordan is now projected Top 10.
I think you underestimate his abilities. If you have a shot of having two Justin Smiths on the DL in a 3-4, you do it.
Further, you don't draft based on need, you draft based on the value of the player. As has already been stated, 3-4 DE's are more valuable than any other, outside of NT, for a team running the 3-4.
[ Edited by RedWaltz24 on Jan 29, 2011 at 11:22:07 ]