Originally posted by BadgerHawk:
I agree with this. We still need that clogger in the middle but in a later round.
This is asinine. You go where you can get the talent. If you can get the talent at NT in the 1st round, then you go in the 1st round, period. If you push back your needs to later rounds just to be clever, you end up like the Arizona Cardinals, drafting QB's and OL's in the 5th and 6th round each year and never solving that need as a result.
The value at NT is early on, in later rounds you have a bunch of projects and guys with iffy prospects as potential future starters. The way I see it, you have Jonathan Jenkins and Jesse Williams in the 1st, Brandon Williams in the 2nd, if you want a guy who can contribute to this team starting next year, you take one of those guys and move on.
If there is value at DE, such as Datone Jones, you draft him, if there isn't value, you take an NT, if there isn't value at NT, you trade down, add some more picks next year, draft Brandon Williams as your NT, and then utilize those extra picks to get your top DE next season when the draft depth overall will be stronger.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 12, 2013 at 4:09 PM ]