No doubt the signings of Moss and Manningham - especially Manningham - effect how I see our draft, especially in the mid to later rounds. However, I do not feel the signings of Moss and Manningham effects our need for a #1 WR. And at pick 30 there will still be a WR available that can come in and compete for that spot. I have completely lost faith that Crabs is that guy and have no more excuses for him. He is not a number 1 in my mind, and has barely played at #2 level. Manningham is a legit #2, though, and an upgrade to Crabs:
1st - Stephan Hill, Georgia Tech. See above.
2nd - George Iloka, FS, Boise State. In my last mock I had Jared Crick here. But having to franchise Goldson I think we start to think hard about our future here. If Goldson plays well again in 2012 he is going to want Ed Reed money again. Iloka is regarded as the top FS in college and should be available here.
3rd - Robert Turbin, RB, Utah St. I had LaMichael James here before but don't know if he can put on the necessary weight for long-term NFL usage. Very good pass blocker and better in short yardage than Dixon. My only concern with Turbin is his durability. But that was a concern for Gore too.
4th - Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma. He's an absolute steal here, but from what I've read he's a late 4th/early 5th. Read the report on him. I saw this kid play and I don't think you can get more all-around-OLB than him at this point in the draft. I had him rated as a late 3rd. 4 year starter for OU and no character issues. Very sure tackler and that's vital for our defense.
5th - Ryan Miller, G, Colorado. At 6-7, 321 he is a mammoth of a man. He plays with very good leverage for his size. Has very good movement and quick feet , so he won't be a liability in pulls and traps. Miller is would be the vaunted "good value" pick here.
6th - B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan St. Can't hurt to bring in more competition at the WR position. Good hands. Cunningham is a tough physical guy who works hard and will do the things Crabs won't do. Will be an excellent possession guy. Needs work on rout running though. 4 year starter. Not a flashy guy but will get the job done. He would make our 53 man roster for sure as he is a Baalke-type player. I originally had OLB Tank Carder here but he would be too much of a project.
7th - Robert Blanton, CB, Notre Dame. Can never have enough CB's in the NFL. Blanton is a very aggressive guy and physical tackler, which fits our D. Good at re-routing WR's (he's 6-0, 205). He can play FS and on Special Teams (remember, JH and Baalke covets multi-use guys). Will need to play smarter in the NFL, that is, he needs to be more picky about is aggressive style and learn when to back off. But very coachable.
If our draft feel this way I'd be stocked. And with team needs, value and "best fits" it's very possible.