Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
Originally posted by phatbutskinny:
Trade up for a #3 TE. I say no
He's better than DW on day #1! Never seen a more overrated guy on the WZ. The way this team plays and who our QB is 2 guys who are big and fast who can work the middle of the field could be a good thing. We don't throw outside much anyway. And when we do it often doesn't work out super well. 2 TE's and 2 great ones would be good for this team. Not to mention what a 6'6" target with great hands would do for this team on 3rd downs and in the redzone.
Of all the reasons given to take a TE in the first, the "D. Walker replacement" reason is by far the weakest. We don't need to burn our 1st pick to replace Walker - himself a backup. We can do that as late as round 4; Dwayne Allen, Orson Charles, Ladarius Green, and Michael Egnew - in that order - would all come in and easily
replace D. Walker.
[Now, I must preface the following by first stating that I do not think JH is going to trash or otherwise forego his 2 TE usage in favor of a spread-type offense or pass 90% of the time like NE
Lets say for the sake of argument that JH is happy with his current WR corps and, thus, don't draft a WR at all (I don't see that happening!!), but draft a TE in the 1st. And lets say the 49ers are going to use 2 TE's 40%, or even 50%, of the time in various ways (which is high even for the 49ers). I think its safe to say that Vernon Davis is going to remain the primary TE target, get the lions share of the TE plays his way, and be on the field for pretty much all the offensive plays minus some
5 wide sets. That would mean that our 1st rounder would only be on the field no more than 50% of the offensive plays, with no real chance of ever
seeing much more than that so long as one Vernon Davis is on our roster. To me, that's just not a good use of our 1st round pick. NFL owners don't particularly like paying 1st round money for non-starters who won't be on the field most of the time. That's a bottom line issue, not a talent or scheme issue. Plus, with Crabs (regrettably) , Manningham, and Moss on our roster I just don't see us using 2 TE's as much
as we did last season. That don't mean JH will go away from it, I don't think he will.
I'm only saying that I believe JH & Co. would like to have better options at the WR position to open up the offense a bit more. In college, you can get away with running 2 and 3 TE sets as a matter of course.
But doing so, as a matter of course,
in the NFL is a liability when you have no threat(s) at WR. No matter what your offensive philosophic leanings are, in the NFL you are going to have be able to open it up with WR's, and it can't always be when you are forced to do so.
Finally, I think there's a real possibility that we could let give some later round picks to move up in the first this year - but not for TE - or out of the 1st this year for one next year. (Will post a comprehensive Post Jacobs Mock soon. I Wanna wait to see if we pick up a vet G like I think we will.) What if at pick 30 the "BPA" is at a position well spoken for like ILB, RB, OLB, T, CB, or even QB? Do we take one of those positions? I think not. Maybe
CB, but that would mean our coaching staff lacks confidence in T. Brown, which I doubt. So, picking the "BPA" is not necessarily our best option either. So I don't see us picking a TE in the 1st, much less trading up to do so.