Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by blm7754:Well, our NT only plays 30% of the snaps.... so it's not like he'd be a full time starter. Perhaps we keep him and draft a replacement. DL is a tough position to get up to speed with in the NFL. It would be unwise to depend on a rookie to come in and start day 1. Keeping RJF gives us some flexibility and experienced depth.
I don't think we can expect an instant upgrade to our starting DL with draft picks. Young guys need to get stronger and improve technique to succeed in the NFL at DL. They can't do that in just a few months.
How do you know that? Because Soap only played 30% of the snaps? You ever think if they had a better NT they might utilize him a little more often? Its faulty logic to look at one year and go "well, we can get by with a s**t NT because he doesn't play many snaps." This stuff is fluid and all depends on the quality of the personnel available.
No it's because our nickel front is pretty much set. Maybe a better pass rusher at nt gets a few more snaps to give JSmith or McDonald a breather but his playing percentage will still be low.
(I'm not insinuating that its ok to have a crap nt)
[ Edited by natrone06 on Feb 26, 2013 at 6:01 PM ]