Originally posted by jsaniner:
These are the reasons we need to use the first pick to draft a guard to replace Snyder.
1. The position is critical to the success of the O-Line. This was demonstrated when the line struggled last year until Snyder replaced Rachel. Snyder played at a high level that will be hard to duplicate.
2. Some may think Kilgore can replace Snyder, but he is a late round choice that is untested in game situations. It would be foolish and risky to assume he can just step in as a starter.
3. The signings of Moss and Manningham and re-signing of Ginn reduces the need to spend a first round choice on a wide receiver. The signing of Jacobs reduces the need to do the same on a running back.
4. The quality free agents at guard are already signed. There doesn't appear to be much of value left in the free agent pool.
5. Every position except right guard has a proven experienced starter signed. It's obvious that's the greatest need.
6.The best offensive guards, De Castro and Glenn, will be long gone (unless Baalke trades up, unlikely). The top remaining candidates appear to be Zeitler (Wisconsin), Osemele (Iowa State), and Silatolu (Midwestern St.).
Is our need at right guard really our biggest need? All signs indicate that Harbaugh and the coaching staff feel Kilgore is ready to be a starter.
They have seen him work and perform at every practice. The fact that Kilgore was a late round pick is less relevant than his ability to play.
Not only does the team feel comfortable with Kilgore starting, but they are looking for a back up for Kilgore in free agency.
The guards you list as potential first rounds picks (Zeitler, Osemele, and Silatolu) are at best high second round picks
You seem to be saying that our need at right guard is so great that we should draft a guard in the first even if that player is not a first round quality.
If that is what you are in fact saying, I disagree.
We should be able to get either Silatolu or Zeitler in the second and Osemele in the third.
I think that our first round pick should be that famous best available player.
If we are forced to reach to reach in the first, if we cannot find a trading partner, I think I would reach for a safety or wide receiver.
One player who I find more and more intriguing is Harrison Smith from Norte Dame. His stock is rising.
At this point, he is a solid second round pick, and I think that his stock will continue to rise.
[ Edited by buck on Apr 3, 2012 at 11:38 PM ]