Originally posted by pasodoc9er:
Guys, remember, Fleener may be a TE on paper, but we want and have to have good hands guys, be they WR or TE , who can get open. I believe Fleener is that guy, and since it is unlikely the WR we need is going to fall into our laps, I would indeed move up to get him. This arguing about WR vs TE is not germane. Good hands and getting open is.
I'll tell you something. I truly LOVE the idea of Fleener being on the 49ers, but here is why I wouldn't move up for him.
A. There is a lot of talent all over this draft, this team needs depth at safety, on the offensive line, at WR and other positions, they should just go best player available at each pick.
B. As good as Fleener is, and I think he can be a monster in the NFL, he does have some injury questions involving his back which can be a scary thing. I don't think the concerns are too serious but the injury did prevent him from working out to add necessary bulk last year and limit him in practices...etc. That concern of injury is the main reason I'd rather let the guy get drafted than give up extra picks to bring him in.
I could be totally fine with Egnew or Green but both of those guys would take time to develop and need A LOT, A LOT of work at blocking but have good natural traits that could let them develop into top TE's. In anycase, I think this team really needs to look at adding depth at safey, an injury to Goldson or Whitner or both....could be pretty brutal at this point.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Mar 31, 2012 at 9:26 PM ]