Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by SF69ers:
I'm all for drafting another tight end, although I think that Byham might surprise some people. I just don't want to spend a 1st or 2nd on one. There are a lot of big, athletic tight ends that can be had in the 3rd or 4th that we should take a look at.
Michael Egnew - 6'6'', 245 lbs
Ladarius Green - 6'6'', 240 lbs (on the skinny side)
George Bryan - 6'5'', 265 lbs
This is just goofy......all of the guys you listed have issues and would require additional development, the whole logic behind drafting Fleener is that he's ready to go TOMORROW. Egnew is way slow off the line, I've seen him get jammed by midget CB's, he is slow getting into his routes and the 49ers already have enough guys who can make catches 5 yards deep on 3rd and 9.
Green has decent potential and is a good receiver but fairly lousy blocker. If you put him in the game, it really makes the defense think more pass than anything else.
Bryan I liked the best of all 3 but he's not really spectacular whatsoever. He blocks well, he receives fairly well, runs sloppy routes at times, but all-around he's better than the other 2.
However, why take a risk on any of these guys if someone like Fleener, who could start right off the bat, who runs better routes and potentially has better hands than anyone else currently on the 49ers, not to mention has the physical size, the experience in Harbaugh's offense and while he could improve as a blocker, is still fairly decent in that regards.
If you've got a talent like Fleener available, you take him instead of throwing darts and hoping to look clever after the smoke settles.
Ok, don't let your bias opinion on Fleener blind you from what I actually wrote. Of course all the guys I listed have their issues. That's why I said 3rd or 4th round!! Just because they have those issues now, doesn't mean they can't progress in the pros with proper NFL coaching. I'm a big Fleener fan. Been watching him for two years and I know what he's all about. IMO, he'll need a lot of work on his blocking. He won't get away with blocking as high as he does in the NFL. Let's not forget that he also dropped a fair share of balls last season.
What I'm saying is that although Fleener is an intriguing talent at the TE spot, I wouldn't use a 1st round pick on him. We can possibly get a receiver like Sanu, or an interior lineman like Konz, and still have the possibility to draft a talented TE like Egnew or Green. Sure, they'll need more time to develop, but they have the potential to be gamechangers as well. Jimmy Graham wasn't considered NFL ready when he was selected by the Saints in the 3rd round two years ago, but he developed into a dangerous, well rounded weapon for Brees. Just one example.