Originally posted by jacklegniner:
MadDog or Phoenix or any other draft nut:
I''ll pick your brain a little... In other threads I've been talking about finding a Haloti Ngata type NT in the draft. It doesn't seem that there is that type of guy although I do like Jenkins from Georgia. I want more consistent pressure on the opposing QB so our D can get more sacks and more INT's. That's made me look at DE's for the draft but it's difficult to decide which DE's can play in a 3-4 D. I think we can trade whatever to move up or down to get the guy we want so that doesn't bother me. I read a lot last night about guys like Sam Montgomery, Dion Jordan, Sheldon Richardson sounds great but would he fit our D? and then Margus Hunt. You have Hunt at 77 right now. From what I've read he sounds good. I kind of thought he might move up the draft board as well. Any thoughts on the guys I've mentioned or other players that might fit our DE/ NT situation?
Sheldon Richardson IMO is the top 3-4 DE in the draft. I can't see him being anything but successful assuming he plays in the right system with proper coaching. He has a monstrous motor and explodes off the ball with a terrific first step, has excellent pursuit skills as well. If the 49ers were to trade up for a defensive lineman, I'd be thrilled for it to be Richardson.
As far as finding another Ngata, I just don't see it, the same combination of size, athletic ability and the versatility to play across the defensive line is incredibly rare. There's a variety of talents out there, but none with the same versatility. Jenkins and Jesse Williams both have played NT and DE in 3-4 systems in college, they have surprising athleticism for their respective sizes but they also come with certain downsides as well. The upside on both of them is that they are individually too strong to be held back by a single blocker, either will knock the opposing offensive lineman backwards when being blocked 1-1.
Personally, I'd be happy with just that, having an NT that draws a double team, as well as Justin drawing double teams, opposing quarterbacks would end up running for their lives because there's only so many people you can block if you devote multiple blockers to two players.