My first post ever on here and i decided to go all out. Tell me what you think
This is my ideal offseason as i see it. I do try to be somewhat realistic but also realize and acknowledge i have no clue what Balke is going to do but this would be my favorite offseason as. When it comes to the draft i dont think any of us know what balke is going to do we have a ton of picks and so i could see us trading up (which Balke has done in the past) or we could trade down and stalk pile picks for next year (ala last year) I have no clue. I do know Balke and Harbaugh will know the players they want and move up or down as they see fit in order to get those players. Since i nor you have any clue I am just going to do the draft as though we stay put with our picks (even though i know that wont happen in real life). I also acknowledge that i am going to be somewhat optamistic that the players i want will still be there when we pick. While this is true i will also say that if i pick someone it is because i have seen Mock drafts by experts that have those players droping to us even if the majority have them off the board earlier ( in other words this is with everything falling they best possible way i can fathom.
Delanie Walker - this of coarse is dependant on him not being offered starting TE money from else where. if we can get him at back up TE money i say we do so. He helps our offense in so many different ways as the 2nd TE in our offense. If he does leave though i am confident in Harbalke to find a suitable replacement via draft and/or FA.
Players not to re-sign
Eric Bakhtiari DE
Tramaine Brock CB
Leonard Davis G
Ted Ginn Jr. WR
Larry Grant LB
Clark Haggans LB
Ricky Jean Francois DE
John Matthews WR
Darcel McBath S
Ryan Pontbriand C
Mike Wilhoite LB
Dashon Goldson FS
Free agents to Sign
FS- Either Ed Reed or Charles Woodson. I like Goldson but we don't want to pay him the kind of money he is going to receive (especially since i believe he is somewhat of a liability in pass coverage) I would prefer Ed Reed he still provides solid tackling and big hits but is better in coverage than Goldson and will cause greater concern for QB's when throwing downfield. Woodson would be good for similar reasoning as Reed but is more of an injury worry and not as hard of a hitter as Reed. Either way Reed or Woodson would in my opinion provide an upgrade over Goldson (at a lower cost), leadership and a great 1-2 year bridge to help train a drafted Safety and prepare them for when Reed/ Woodson's deal is up.
D Line or OLB veteran Pass Rusher- The Niners have already shown interest in a couple of these types of players (J. Abraham, C Jenkins), There are a few others out there like this (my personal choice would be R. Seymore or Sammie lee hiil out of Detroit). I am convinced Harbalke wants and will sign one of these type of players. I think we will draft one or 2 of these type of players as well but i think the team wants someone proven and will sign one of these players who wants a championship before they retire to a lower level 1 or 2 year deal.
WR - a Tall/ Big WR someone who could be had on the cheap would be a good pick up. (i'm really thinking particularly of former Bills WR David Nelson (6-5) who was injured last year).
QB - Josh Johnson (or someone like him), I think if he is available we pick him back up ( he is ideally suited as a back up QB for Kaep). I think the only reason Tozien beat him out last year is Tolzien was more like our starter (Smith) now that Kaep is our starting QB Johnson makes more since for his similar attributes. He, tolzien and a late QB draft pick can compete for the 2 back up spots
M.Manningham (injury worries combined with cost)
Restructuring of contract, trade (there are some teams that are switching to 3-4 schemes that could be interested) or cut
Possible cuts but i think they should stay around for competition in TC
RD1- Pick # 31
Tavon Austin WR
Austin is a huge draft crush for me but more than that i think the thought of having him on the field with gore/hunter/James, Crabtree, VD, and Kaep would be very scary for teams around the league. I think this pick makes since because unlike most I think AJ Jenkins (last years first rounder) is going to be our #2 receiver on the outside (Jenkins is not a slot receiver as so many have said) in college he usually worked from the outside and he is not shifty enough to be out of the slot, I believe Jenkins (who is 6 ft) was drafted to be an outside deep threat he has the hands and speed and route running if he bulks up some and gets stronger i think he will be quite good and I think Balke/Harbaugh thinks the same and there plan all along was for Jenkins to sit under Moss and Manningham for a year and then come in and be a major contributor in year 2 (for this reason I don't I think they will draft Receivers such as D. Rodgers, Q Patton and D. Hopkins as they believe Jenkins will play that role.) Thus, Austin who is an ideal slot receiver who has outstanding field vision, blazing speed and is amazingly elusive, is perfect for us this draft. He is also ideal for WR end arounds and can even line up in the backfield as a RB from time to time. On top of all that he is a great Kick and punt returner and in my mind would take over those duties immediately. This kid will be a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball especially with the great blocking our team has and G. Roman will be creative in ways to get him the ball. If we get Austin we could easily put up over 30 points again (bank on it.) For those of you who wanted to trade for Percy Harvin i give you an alternative that is more affordable and under team controll for 4 years.
For the Record if Austin is not available at our pick it would change my draft significantly but i would probably try to draft Marcus Wheaton late in the second round for a similar role in the offense.
RD 2- Pick# 34
Johnathan Banks CB
I have heard many say if we dont get Banks in the first he wont be available i think that is silly if he is available for our 31st pick there will be only 2 picks until our next pick in the second RD.
Height he is 6-2, length and competitive nature could make him a starter. Good hands for the interception, can high-point passes and make difficult catches with superb concentration. - NFL.com
Banks has been lowered on a lot of peoples draft Board because of a slow 40 time. I believe this could make him a draft day steal because I believe he might be the truest shutdown Corner in the draft. He may not be the most athletically gifted in the draft but he shut people down in college and could immediately challenge for a starting spot at one of the outside CB positions on our team. For those of you who want to trade for Revis i give you a shutdown CB who is more affordable and under team controll for the next 4 years
RD 2- Pick# 61
Tank Corradine DE
As a Senior He started 12 games, registering 80 total tackles, including 13 tackles for loss, 11 of which were sacks but he tore his ACL toward the end of the season. I believe Corradine to be an equal tallent to Datone Jones (Some one who many mocks have us taking in the first RD) But he has dropped out of first RD projections due to injury. He would provide added talent at DE and added pass rush ability(Corradine has drawn comparisons to Justin tuck when healthy).
Rd 3- Pick # 74
Phillip Thomas FS or SS
Athletic, physical defender. Strong tackler with good length and the attitude to throw down ballcarrier. Breaks down well when approaching ballcarriers in space, has quick feet and agility to make the stop. Quick enough to stay with tight ends and some receivers in coverage, can undercut to knock away or pick off late throws. Nice ball skills to extend away from his frame to make the moderate-to-difficult interception. Sticks his nose in against the run when making that read, fills a hole, flows through traffic to find the ball, or adds himself into piles with reckless abandon. Comes downhill from two-deep look with speed. Adept blitzer off the edge, makes ballcarrier pay in thebackfield if not accounted for.A gruesome left leg injury forced Thomas to question his potential NFL future, but the senior was everywhere in 2012 and looked as good as new. Thomas thrives at going up and getting it in coverage. - NFL.com
Rd 3- Pick # 93
Brandon Williams NT
Just the third player in Division II history to be recognized as a three-time All-American,Williams earned an opportunity to prove himself against the nation's elite at the Senior Bowl and turned heads in doing so.Despite possessing the frame of a traditional run-stuffing nose guard, Williams was used up and down the line at Missouri Southern and proved to be quite a pass rushing terror, smashing the school record with 27 career sacks. This wasn't the case of a player dominating weak competition in a few games, Williams recorded at least one tackle for loss in all but one contest during his senior season.He ranked second on the team with 68 tackles in 2012 (including 31 solo stops) and recorded 16.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 of which were sacks.Cbssports.com
I believe Williams to be our ideal replacement NT in the draft he can come in right away and be in the rotation of our line on running downs.
He also joined Alabama's Dee Milliner and Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks as a finalist for the 2012 Thorpe Award as the nation's top defender.
He could be a developement Safety behind REEd/ Woodson or maybeeven take Whitners spot in the Starting line up if he performs well enough in camp.
Rd 3- comp pick
Kyle Long OT
Son of Howie Long is very talented and could be our back tackle for either side. Was considered a good pitching prospect and so only recently has focused in on football. With coaching though could develope into a solid nil line me he definitely has the size, pedigree and work ethic.
Rd 4- pick# 127
Marcus Lattimore RB
Would be a great pick for us as he is a first Rd talent but injuries to his knees make him drop to hear. we would probably redshirt him his first year and groom him to be Gores replacement the year or 2 after that. He has the talent and really reminds me of Gores running style not to mention there similar injury history.
Rd 5- pick 152
EJ Manuel QB
I have seen him slated any where from 3rd to 6th Rd would be a good back up qb for Kaep with similar skill set just not nearly as fast but has great arm strngth and is mobile enough to run similar offense. would compete with Johnson and Tolzien for the 2 back qb spots.
Rd 5- pick 159
Tyrann Maththieu CB
I have seen several experts mocks with him going in the 5th while i have seen others with him in the 3rd or 4th. He is actually a better talent and player than any of those round and on field play wise should probably go in the 2nd rd, however he is a player who has had a lot of off the field problems and so his stock is very low compared to his on field play. That being said i think harbaugh and our strong core of players should be able to help him with the off field issues so if he does make his way to the with we should take him. He is really to small as a cb to guard the outside but i think he is gonna be a great cover guy in the slot. great change of direction and speed should allow him to keep up with the smaller recievers that play out of the slot in the NFL.
Rd 6- pick 171
Dustin Hopkins K
Best kicker available in draft. some say he will be gone at this point some say he will last till the 7th i thought this was a happy medium but we definitely want a good kicker and he is the guy you should draft out of all of them.
Rd 6- pick 191
Mark Harrison WR
Has the size and athletic ability to be a great player in the nfl but has never put it together on the field for results. He could be a TE due to size and stregth but would need to work on his blocking however he does also have the speed to be a WR if he works on his routes in and out of his breaks.
Rd 7- pick 213
Big Powerful OLB that can rush the passer and has the ability athletically but needs to be coached up quite a bit to use his natural size stregth and athletic gifts.
Rd 7- comp
6-7 TE who needs to work on strength and learn to block but is already a good pass catcher and great Red Zone threat.
Rd 7- comp
Zach Line RB/FB/LB
I am convinced the NIners will take a late RD flier on this guy at the combine they were seen communicating with him and he is the type of player they like. He ran for a ton of yards in College at RB but does not real have the speed to be a geat every down RB in the NFL. with that being said he is a good and willing blocker who also used to play LB. he is known as a special teams ace as well. He is quicker than most FB's and a better runner but i believe he would be brought on as Bruce millers back up/ competition. Not as big as Miller but could run and catch the ball better out of back field and still block well. Overall he give the offense even more options than miller does at FB.
There is my completed off season I would love it if even half of it came true!!!
What are your thoughts?