Originally posted by LieutKaffee:
Don't know anything about Jalil Brown, but I'm intrigued by the possibility of getting a player--and not just picks--for Smith. I'd be fine either way, of course, as long as we get something.
Can't help but notice you address WR quite a bit, with our most significant FA signing and two picks in the first four rounds. Meanwhile, you only address the secondary with Brown, one 3rd round CB, and two super late safeties that may not make the team.
I actually think WR is less of a draft need because I could easily see Crabtree, Manningham, Moss, and Williams all back and all productive. Not to mention here's hoping Jenkins shows up.
See our success developing mid-round CBs from within in Culliver and Brown, I'd like to see continued emphasis on this. For that reason, I like your 3rd round pick and may even advocate two CBs in the first 5 rounds. I would also want to see at least one developmental safety in a higher round.
Right now the 49ers have 2 WR's guaranteed to be back for the start of camp. I can't comprehend how you see that as less of a draft need. Manningham had a severe injury, one that means he likely won't be back for the start of the season. Kyle Williams might be back for the start of the season, but there's absolutely no guarantee as to what level he'll be performing at. Moss may retire, or he may go elsewhere, I wouldn't count on him as well. Ginn will be gone.
So your receivers are Michael Crabtree and AJ Jenkins. Additionally, even with Kyle Williams, he's a so-so slot receiver, not a great player by any means, meanwhile Manningham was a solid #3 at best, and that is before the gruesome injury. Even if both those guys were completely healthy, the 49ers could still use an upgrade at the position, they need a legit #2 WR opposite Crabtree and that guy is not on the roster at the moment.
At minimum, the 49ers should add 2 WR's through the draft and free agency.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Jan 31, 2013 at 2:55 PM ]