Originally posted by MadDog49er:To me, there are too many other major areas of need in the early rounds before targeting WR. Plus, selecting a WR in the first round is like witchcraft. Highly unpredictable. Find a dominant interior offensive lineman (the bust rate is much lower), and you might actually have a decent offense someday.
First round interior lineman since 2006:
Of the 8, three have been Pro-Bowlers: Maurkice Pouncey, Alex Mack, and Nick Mangold.
Mike Iupati will probably eventually be a Pro-Bowler. And, in 2011, every one of these guys, physically eligible to play (not injured), was a starter in every game, except for Watkins, who is still transitioning from playing OT.
It would be very hard to pass-up on a potentially elite WR. However, with the astonishing depth at the position in this coming draft, we COULD do exactly what you've mentioned. Heck, WR wasn't super deep last year and Torrey Smith fell to the end of the 2nd round.
Depending on how players move as we get closer to the draft, we could have a 1-2-3 draft combination of something like:
1. Markelle Martin-FS-Oklahoma State
2. Barret Jones-OL-Alabama
3. Donnie Fletcher-CB-Boston College
Still lots of time though. Barrett Jones could be a first rounder, when it's all said and done, if he declares. Also, say when Edwards gets healthy, he tears it up and then wants to re-sign.. We would have a little less reason to pick a WR early.
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Oct 5, 2011 at 15:39:47 ]