Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by jreff22:
Value is getting a 2nd option at TE after the first round.
No, value is getting an immediate contributor who will have the biggest possible impact on your team the next season. A 6'6" TE with 4.5 speed, great hands, leaping ability and who already knows the offense represents value to a team that couldn't score if their life depended on it at times, was atrocious in the red-zone, atrocious on third down and has a QB that likes to throw the ball a foot over everyone's head. Adding a guy who can help alleviate some of those problems represents real value.
Fleener won't be an immediete contributer. He is a rookie from a soft conference at a position where he will be competing with Delanie and Davis for playing time. At best, he's the 5th option at this point, assuming he doesn't come in and light it up, which is rare, esp with VD, and D. Walker getting the reps. There is no guarantee Fleener pans out. Look at his college stats, they make you go
. He was in Harbaugh's tight end heavy offense as the featured tight end with the nations next phenom QB and didn't light it up exactly. How will he fare with Alex Smith v. a Giants defense? OVer Davis and Walker, give me those two at this point.
A first rounder? No thanks. We need to win a SB now, and Fleener isn't going to take us over that hump.
[ Edited by Young2Rice on Apr 25, 2012 at 7:58 PM ]