Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by KRS-1:
Slow your roll tiger, there are still other draft picks at our disposal as well as free agency where we could help those areas. It's not as if we have to be committed to taking a DL or DB with pick 31 to improve those areas.
Could say the exact same thing about WR. If a guy like Datone Jones is available late in the 1st, you'd be crazy to take Austin over him.
I'm with you in that our d-line needs outweigh our needs for offensive playmakers (which I think we have plenty), but totally disagree with your statement here PHX. While I have mocked Jones as our first round pick for several reasons, just in terms of pure football impact, Austin is a top-15 type of player. If Austin was there at #31, I'd take him in a heartbeat....I might even trade up if he lasted until the 20th pick or so, then marshal all of my other resources to trade back in to the 2nd to grab the best d-lineman available. TA is that good, IMO.