First off guys, I want to level with all of you and let you know that WR is *not* a first round priority anymore with the signing of Manningham. We are not going to draft a WR in the first round and see him not even suit up on most games as the #5 or #6 WR. Second round is even questionable at this point. So, its down to filling right guard or drafting best player available/playmaker.
I've gone back and forth on this, and I've come to the conclusion that we will not and should not take yet another offensive lineman in the first round. We have taken FOUR OL in the first two rounds in the past 5 years...wow (Iupati, Davis, Rachal, Staley)! Five in the past seven years. That's way too much invested into a single unit, and we will be perfectly fine with a competition between Kilgore and a veteran Free Agent (Schwartz or Davis). Not having a second pro-bowl guard is not the end of the world.
So that leaves us with BPA. In my mind, I've often said that Konz could be the BPA pick if he's there, but its unlikely he would be...and if he was he would just be a guard for a year or two until he takes Goodwin's job. So what else is BPA there?
Looking at the mock drafts out there, I expect the "big board" on NFL Network and ESPN to be littered with defensive backs at the end of the first round. (Un)fortunately, we are loaded in the secondary, unless we want to draft Mark Barron and waive goodbye to Goldson after the 2012 season (or Whitner in 2013) -- neither of those options are appealing, but are a possibility. Defensive Line and linebacker are pretty strong in the late first and throughout the second round, but we don't need *any* LBs, and you're better off getting more value at #62 for DL.
So what do we do? Well, we draft Coby Fleener, that's what we do. The 6-6 250 pound tight end has all the tools to be a dominant pass-catching tight end in the NFL. He plays fast, has excellent hands, runs great routes, and is improving on his blocking abilities. He can fake out LBs and Safeties covering him in the seam and get wide open. And most importantly, *** he already knows the 49er playbook. As a result, he will be an impact rookie and make a difference in 2012.
* Also keep in mind that Delanie Walker is a free agent after the 2012 season, and probably will land a starting job somewhere else. Davis and Fleener would be locked up through 2015.
So, who's with me?
30. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford, 6-6, 247 lbs - For all the reasons mentioned above and more, Fleener is the BPA pick here.
62. Alameda Ta'amu, NT, Washington 6-3, 348 lbs - Soap and RJF are free agents after 2012, and Alameda can be an all-pro with the right coaching. Some think he's a boom-bust pick, but I think his floor is as a rotational D-Lineman and his ceiling is at the all-pro level. Our coaching staff will get the most out of him, and he will rotate in slowly over his first two years.
93. Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami - Streeter has failed to go up in mock drafts since the combine, and he looks like a 3rd or 4th orund pick right now. Randy Moss measurables (6-5 220, 4.4. speed) but incredibly raw. Probably won't play a whole lot as a rookie, but that's OK -- he'll learn a lot and be ready to go in 2013 after a year sitting behind Moss.
125. Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma - Depth in the Secondary, somebody to develop in case Tarell Brown leaves in Free Agency after 2013.
157. Hebron Fangupo, DT/NT, BYU - Dude is a total badass that nobody has really noticed, for some reason. Will be a great guy to put in the rotation. Also, Soap and RJF are free agents after the 2012 season.
190. Scott Wedige, C, Northern Illinois - a nice C/OG to develop over time to take over for Goodwin in a few years.
220. T-Bob Hebert, C/G, LSU - Son of QB Bobby Hebert, the Cajun Cannon. Good Center/Guard prospect from LSU that has ran into a couple off the field problems and has never seemed to fully apply himself.