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.).
1. Snyder's play wasn't that great.. Just because it was better then Rachal's does not meant it was great or even good. Can't remember if it was Barrows or Maiocco, but they did a break down of where most of the pressure from opposing pass rushes was coming from, and they found it came from the RG position, more so between the Center and RG position. It that numbers were only slightly better with Snyder in place of Rachal..
2. Many RG gems have been found in the later rounds like Carl Nicks... If Harbaugh has confidence that Kilgore can step up, you should to, Harbaugh I would say has earned all our trust...
3. The signing of Moss, Manningham and Ginn does not reduce our need to draft a receiver early. Moss and Ginn are on 1 year contracts. Ginn is primarily a return guy, while who knows how much Moss has left or baring attitude, how long he will last.. Manningham is only signed to a 2 year contract. And has been a #2 or #3 most of his career... This is a stop gap so we can like Baalke and Harbaugh have said numerous times, build the team through the draft. None of these signings mentioned are long term...
4. There are a few veteran guards that can be signed as insurance should Kilgore not workout.
5. I can agree there, every position except RG has experienced starters.. But, the best teams year in and year out, proven by Bill Walsh, draft the Best Player Available, not for need.... If the BPA is also a need, even better... But always, BPA!
6. Baalke may trade up. Or he may use the 1st round pick on a play-maker, a WR or Fleener.. With the Niners offense and Fleener's familiarity with harbaugh's system that may have him ranked high, that may go that route and then trade up in the 2nd round to grab peeps like Zeitler (Wisconsin), Osemele (Iowa State), and Silatolu (Midwestern St.).
No, we don't necessarily need
to use the first pick on a RG................