Originally posted by jacklegniner:
1st - from your orginal post, I don't think crabtree is approaching bust mode. He had 874 of Alex's 3000 yards. That's almost a 3rd of the production and he didn't play every game either. Crabtree is fine and getting Morgan back should definately help.
2nd - I like Fleener but I don't know if the Niners will feel the same. If they do go for him it makes a lot of sense. It is all about having playmakers on the field and mismatches for defenses to scheme against. Tom Brady quietly threw for 5000 yards this year. After Wes Welker, his wr's are crap. They get the job done but for the most part they run the 2 TE (Gronk and Hernandez) set. It's different than how most teams do it but still effective. The 2 big TE's also are great blockers for our ball control offense. It will be really exciting if we go this way. I like D. Walker as a player but he is not really a mistmatch for the defense. I saw a stat for this year that Stanford's offense threw 20 of it's 38 td's to TE's. I don't know if I am remembering it correctly but it was really high and it showed that Harbaugh's/Romans system loves TE's and it's doesn't matter who's catching them.
3rd - I agree with adding depth to the wr position. This year's draft is deep so since we are at the end of the draft it really is best player available. We just don't know what the board will bring us. We target a bunch of guys that we like and see who's left when our turn comes up. Baalke showed last year that they will trade up for a player when they want them (Kaep) so we could do that again but they also waited on the Stanford fullback and we missed out on him to Cleveland???
1st - Ok, maybe not a "bust", but certainly no longer a #1 or #2 receiver in my book. The 2011 season is all the proof I need on him. And I hardly consider 874 yards #1 production, not that you said it was. For me Morgan is our solid dependable
#2, so I hope that they let Crabs fight for #3.
2nd - I can't imagine our coaching staff not addressing our need for WR in the first. I think they will. But LasVegasWally is right. Who we can get in FA will have a lot to do with who we pick in the 1st. I'd like to see us get a M. Colston or V. Jackson if we don't have to give up Ft. Knox. And I won't re-hash my feeling about drafting a TE vs. a WR. Look, I'm a meat and potatoes guy. If I got a freezer full of meat, a pantry well stocked with bread and veggies, but running short on potatoes, I'm not going to go out and spend money on more meat only to have just enough money left for two bottom barrel potatoes. I'm gonna get the best potatoes I can get my hands on, and if I have anything left I'll get some snacks.
3rd - Drafting a WR in the first won't be just adding depth. It would be addressing a need. This years draft IS deep with WR's. That's why I think, mark my words, there will be a run on WR's in the 2nd. (Mark it mods, this year could be a record year for drafted WR's.) So, if we can't address this need in FA I don't think it will be wise for us to wait for the 2nd or the 3rd rounds to get one of the top-tear WR's.