Originally posted by Paul_Hofer:
Originally posted by 9ersLiferInChicago:
Counting on Kilgore to start is too risky IMO. He couldn't beat out Snyder or Rachal last year. If Boone starts, then the Niners won't have a credible backup tackle. The Niners don't need "bodies," but a new starter.
I see your point. But at that point there isn't a OT or OG better than the OL depth we already have. Like I said, we already have good depth on the O-line. Alex Boone (good swing guy, could start when needed), Daniel Kilgore (probably gonna start at RG), Mike Person (still being developed, looks good for coming off the bench), and Chase Beeler (who's being groomed to take over Center at some point). Throwing in a late round OT or G will be nothing more than a camp body unless they are better than Beeler, Boone, or Person. And we have enough OL camp bodies in Derek Hall, Garret Chisolm, and Kenny Wiggins. Personally, I'm confident in JH's grooming and developmental abilities. Keep in mind that we addressed the OL - twice - in last years draft. And by all accounts those guys look great. So I think depth on the defense is much more in need of attention than depth on offense, seeing that we have good depth on the OL already.
Just because he didn't beat out Chilo or Adam don't mean it's a risk to count on him. It could have been that the coaching staff opted to go with the experience rather than the talent/project too soon. Exposing a guy too soon can have disastrous effects. I doubt Boone starts at G, though I hear the coaching staff will take a good look at him at G during training camp. But I think he continues as the swing lineman who they can plug in on either side of the line at T and start when need be. You are right, we do need a starter. And I think that starter will be Kilgore. Just because the fan base, or even the media, hasn't had a good look at him don't mean that Kilgore isn't ready. The thing is that we really don't know for sure. HOWEVER
, we do know we moved up to get him, he's been under Harbaugh's development since then, and Harbaugh has shown us that he knows what he's doing. So given that, I
defer to Harbaugh's development scheme on this and set aside what I think I see. The fan in me says we should get an OG in this draft somewhere. But the analyst tells me to trust the coaches. That's just how I see it anyway.