Originally posted by maxsmart:
Thanks for the input. I guess what I've learned from y'all is that:
* It's good that the starting DLine are age 28, 31 and 33 y/o
* It good that our Dline depth is mostly UDFA who no one else in the NFL wanted
* It's good that the 49ers drafted AJ Jenkins instead of Derek Wolfe (40 tackles 6 sacks) or Kendall Reyes (28 & 5.5) who I wanted at the time of the draft.
* It's great that in the last 3 years, the 49ers have drafted SIX OLine and ZERO DLine.
Even though they have FOUR first round draft picks on the OL, it's more important that they still draft extra OLine and then cut them rather than picking any D lineman. Even though they have more first round O linemen than any team in the NFL, they pick Jason Slowey and Mike Person and cut them (who are then signed by other teams) and pick Joe Looney (who never plays a down) and Daniel Kilgore because O linemen are way more important than Dline.
But that's not neglecting the DLine.
And the 49ers front office never makes any mistakes
Thanks guys for setting me straight
Just as we have learned from you that over the course of three seasons, we should have completely ignored more pressing needs to draft defensive line depth. Hey who knows maybe somebody else would have Bowman or Aldon Smith now. Maybe somebody else would have Kendal Hunter or Mike Lupati. But who cares, we would have a Derek Wolfe or Kendall Reyes kind of player then maybe we would be discussing the lack of depth elsewhere.
Like others have said, any team can look at some position and question why more hasn't been done to upgrade the depth or talent there but it isn't like we have 10 picks in every draft and endless amounts of money in free agency, there has to be some give and take somewhere. Obviously when the team drafted Jason Slowey and Mike Person or Joe Looney and Daniel Kilgore they felt that those players were better than any defensive tackle or defensive end on the board at the time. And sure we can point facts and say that some of those guys were released but whos to say that if Defensive lineman were drafted instead that they wouldn't have been released as well.
Who cares if we have a couple of undrafted free agents for depth at the dline position. Sometimes undrafted players are better than first round players. The team clearly has felt comfortable with what it has had and the defensive line has hardly been a position of weakness over the last three years and like other posters have said, be patient, we have a lot of picks next year and you don't know that the team didn't stockpile picks so that it could draft more depth at the dline position in the upcoming draft. Maybe the team felt there was better depth, talent, and value at the position this coming year to be had than last year and obviously the team felt there was bigger and thinner positions on the team in the other drafts than the defensive line. Again I urge you to be patient and let Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh build this team not us armchair gms that sit back and analyze every decision made.
[ Edited by Willisfn4life on Jan 5, 2013 at 8:46 AM ]