I don't think Fleener or Hill will be there when we pick...so keep that in mind.
Free Agency: Marques Colston WR
All the other scrubs we all know about especially Rachal.
Ginn and Haralson cut to allow for the Colston signing and retaining Rogers. We lose a little depth at OLB but we keep Rogers, which to me is a good tradeoff. I just felt to keep Rogers and get Colston we'd have to cut Haralson's salary.
Trade out of #30 with Fleener and Hill gone and pick up an extra third. Move back to about pick #40. If we can move back 10 slots and draft Miller I think it's worth it to go BPA with a RB with the skills of Miller.
Round 2: Lamar Miller RB Miami - Before you get upset, consider this pick for a moment. It is an interesting pick here, but no WR worth the 40 spot and I think Miller is BPA. I know there is talent at RB next year, but Miller can help us a lot THIS year when Gore strangely feels he must come out of the game. Miller is a homerun hitter and can take it the distance and blazed his forty in 4.40. I particularly like how he accelerates through the hole similar to Gore and runs north-south. He returns kicks as well which is nice. He is from the U so Gore may not cry as much about this pick.
Round 2: Trumaine Johnson CB Montana - Tall corner with great size to give Cully some competition for the third CB spot and push him to keep getting better. Could develop into a #1/#2 corner in a couple years when Rogers is done.
Round 3: Joe Adams WR/KR Arkansas - Perfect replacement for Ginn IMO, and the best returner in the draft. His forty was slower than expected, but he is electric in pads and plays much faster than he showed in his forty. It actually allows him to drop to the end of the second round so we can grab him. From what I've seen of him, I believe he could be the next great punt returner in the NFL, and maybe even an upgrade to Ginn.
Round 3: LeDarius Green TE Lousiana Lafayette - TE with great height and speed with good hands to develop this year behind Davis and Walker. Harbaugh can find ways to use him in the passing game this year while he learns to block and adds 20lbs or so to his frame. Then he can explode in 2013 alongside Vernon. If Walker's play is not up to par, this pick allows us to part ways with him and not miss a beat after this season.
Round 4: Marvin McNutt WR Iowa - Another WR to compete and develop behind Morgan and Crabs. Good size at 6'3 with good hands, and he also ran well in the combine I believe. Was very good in the red zone with Iowa and scored a lot of TD's in this area of the field.
Round 5: Burris OLB San Diego State - Good depth at OLB and OTC likes him so that's good enough for me.
Round 6: A.J. Jenkins WR Illinois - Another WR to throw into the mix and develop. Was a huge playmaker for Illinois during his college career. While he is a little shorter at just under 6'1, he ran a 4.45 forty and just makes big plays. Lets throw numbers at our WR problem and see who sticks. Also adding these two for competition push Crabs and Morgan to get better.
Round 7: Best OL for depth
QB: Smith, Kap, Tolzein
RB: Gore, Hunter, Miller
WR: Colston, Crabtree, Morgan, Adams, McNutt, Jenkins, Williams
TE: Davis, Walker, Green, Byham
OL: Staley, Iupati, Goodwin, Snyder, Davis
Boone, Kilgore, Beeler, Person
DL: McDonald, Ice, Smith
LB: Brooks, Willis, Bowman, Smith
Burris, Grant, Gooden
CB: Rogers, Brown, Culliver, Johnson, Brock
S: Whitner, Goldson, Spillman, Jones
KR: Miller and Hunter/Adams
Long-time reader on the zone. Do not post much but I love the draft, and wanted to speculate assuming Fleener and Hill are not there. Wanted to think a little outside the box on this one.
In response to some of your comments, I moved Trumaine Johnson in to the second round as I thought he was a third rounder but it seems he has moved up. Adams can still be had in the third anyways IMO.
And I drafted heavy WR's for competition. Doesn't mean I think they will all be on the roster, but with the extra competition we can take the best 5 and use Adams as PR/KR. The other WR put on the practice squad. No guard in the draft but we drafted Kilgore and Beeler for depth on the line last year. Snyder played well last year and we can still cut Rachal in favor of Kilgore or a vet guard through free agency. Next year we go heavy DL with DE/Nose Tackle with early picks with an OG as well.
Let me know what you guys think! Go niners! Thoughts?
[ Edited by ezekiel40 on Mar 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM ]