Originally posted by NeeJ49er:
It's obvious Justin Smith is a BIG part of what we do ....when he missed the entire 4th quarter, his absence was sorely missed
So we should seriously consider doing what it takes to grab the best 3-4 DE in the draft , we need to draft and groom his successor ASAP
what do you guys think ? ...maybe trade away our 1st and a couple other early round picks to secure a D-Lineman we know will make the squad, and contribute right away , Cowboy will start slowing down soon , due to his age and wear & tear , so we need to find his replacement for down the road
Justin Smith was a FA signing. Ray McDonald was a 3rd round pick. Issac Sopoago was a 4th round pick. My point is that we dont need to trade UP to get a quality DE. Most of those guys never turn out anyways.
Stay where we are at the end of round one and have our pick of Sheldon Richardson, Kawaan Short or Shariff Floyd. Either one of these 3 guys will be great additions.
Re-sign Issac Sopoago for one more season then in 2013 we can go hard for stud NT's in a very deep NT draft. Notre Dames Louis Nix (6'3, 326) Tennesse's Daniel McCullers (6'6, 380) or Georgia's Kwame Geathers (6'6, 355) all have the makings of dominant anchors for a 3-4 D.