Originally posted by 9ersLiferInChicago:
1st. If the argument for picking Fleener in the 1st is to replace Davis, because Davis is in his final year of his contract, then that can be achieved in the 2nd - 4th rounds. Dwayne Allen, Orson Charles, Ladarius Green, and Michael Egnew all would come and and quit effectively replace Davis - if thats REALLY the argument. If the 3rd down/redzone issue is the argument then, again, there are TE's in the 2nd-4th rounds who we can get to achieve that. My issue is drafting a guy in the 1st who has no chance to start. Sure, we used (and will use) a lot of two TE's sets, in various ways. Say we use 2 TE sets 40%, or even 50%, of the time - which is high even for the 49ers - that means our 1st rounder won't be on the field 50%-60% of the time. That just can't be for our 1st rounder. My point is that all the reasons given to take a TE in the 1st can be just as effectively achieved by selecting a TE in the 2nd-4th. I don't think it's necessary to burn our 1st rounder to achieve something we could achieve as late as the 4th.
2nd. Its still an open question if Moss will make the team. Just because he's hungry and runs a 4.4 don't mean he'll make the 53. He still going to ba asked to do things in this offense - consistantly - he's never been asked to do. He's gonna have to demonstrate selflessness; there are gonna be times in this offense he may only get one or two pass thrown his way but be asked to block and be a decoy most of the game, for example. Trust me, he isn't here to just run "go"routes all game.
3rd. We might not take a S in the 2nd, but I think it's a gamble. If the team had any confidence at all that Reggie Smith could halfway replace Goldson they would have allowed Goldson to hit the open maket. The fact is that Goldson is way too important to this defense and cannot be easily replaced. We just can't plug anybody there. Thats why he was franchised. And thats why I think we need to draft, and groom, for his probable/possible replacement it he wants Ft. Knox next season.
I agree we need to get some depth at LB in the draft. I like Turbin over Martin. We need a bruiser-back. Plus, Ginn resigned, and if I'm not mistaken Cox has return abilities. But I agree, we need to get a RB as well.
Our 1st rounder wasn't on the field 50-60% of the time this year, and that worked out pretty well, because he was on the field for impact plays. If Fleener only played 50% of offensive snaps, but caught 10 TDs, would you still be upset? That was a #7 pick, too, not a #30 (that makes a difference). I don't think it is terribly likely that anyone, at any position, that we pick at #30 is a sure-thing starter, especially if you believe Kilgore is the guy at RG. I would be pretty pissed if we added a 4th 1st rounder to our OL. At some point, the staff must develop talent on the line, especially at G.
Incidentally, I think you meant to type Wlaker, not Davis, in your 1st paragraph.