Originally posted by maxsmart:
Nose tackles aren't very valued by the 49ers unless they can rush the passer. The 49ers' defense was on the field for 1,057 plays this year, but their starting nose tackle Sopoaga only played 362 snaps. That's because they want linemen who are 3-down players who can rush the passer. Their DB's and DE's played almost every down, but they take out the NT on passing downs. So don't expect any high picks on a NT unless he can rush the passer. But if they can find a NT who does rush the passer, that is a very valuable guy, but it's more likely that they will draft a 3-down DE.
Agreed...in the 49ers scheme, NTs are more role players than anything else, plugging gaps, tying up o-lineman and just battling in the trenches. They don't ask them to get much pressure or even make many plays.
So I think the smart way to go is to re-sign RJF (scheme familiarity and proven contributor), have Ian Williams back him up (he's been on the 53-man roster the last few years, that has to mean they see some potential in him) then draft a developmental player behind those two, probably somewhere in rounds 3-5.
I'd then draft a 3-4 DE in the first to learn from and eventually replace Justin Smith. The money players are the LBs and the 3-4 DEs, so that's where I'd make my biggest investments.
[ Edited by GhostofFredDean74 on Jan 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM ]