Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
I admit, I would much rather go defensive line with the first pick, but you provided a good justification with drafting Tavon Austin. It reminds me of 2008 when we passed on an absolute burner at WR (Desean Jackson) for a defensive lineman who shall be unnamed.
The only difference is I would pick up another DB (preferably safety) with one of those picks used on an OLB. We already have Cam Johnson and Darius Fleming on the roster to provide some depth at OLB.
I also see us having an absolute logjam at receiver. Michael Crabtree, Justin Hunter, Tavon Austin, AJ Jenkins, Mario Manningham, and Kyle Williams. Maybe we get a big bodied TE as opposed to a big bodied receiver in the 2nd?
You could be right about adding a TE. I thought long and hard about taking Ertz, maybe Eifert, in the first or Kelce in the second or third.
Our defense makes team one dimensional. Now, we have to take away that dimension away from the opponent.
The best way to do that is take time and space away from the opponents QB.
Each of the front seven players in the mock excelled in playing in the opponents backfield.
Sacks and tackles for loss marked their game. They disrupted the opponents offensive.
Offensively, our passing game needs help. Look carefully at the receivers we have on the team.
If we are going to say that we have a logjam at wide receiver, we should also realize that in the timber industry a logjam is not good, and can be dangerous.
Logjams need to cleared, so that the logs can flow down the river.
Crabtree showed us that he can be a number #1 receiver. Before his injury, Manningham was having a decent, but only decent, year.
Kyle Williams was not as good as Manningham. A.J. Jenkins did nothing.
In my estimation, Crabtree is the only wide receiver that we have whose spot on the team is guaranteed.
Bringing in one wide receiver clearly is not sufficient.
Given the key players who will need to be extended in the next two years, I would be hesitant to spend big money on a free agent wide receiver.
I really think that we really need to draft two wide receivers.
Let them compete, and cut those who do not prove their value, or to continue the analogy, we need to clear the logjam.
But, then that just is what I think.
[ Edited by buck on Feb 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM ]