Originally posted by CorvaNinerFan:
Ok...your draft trade...totally unnecessary. We lost two DL...signed one (Dorsey), nobody else has been cut. Tukuafu plays on defense & offense...not sure he'd be cut. There's also Jerrod-Eddie, who could have a future. Better solution, IMHO, would be one of the "bigs" who can play anywhere on the DL. Both Williams (Jesse & Sly) can do that, as can a few others. I really like Sly Williams because he's got it all...size, versatility and is really quick. Doing that at #31 means you could arguably get Elam at #34, a better option at S. No Ryan Swope...instead take Marcus Davis from VA Tech. He's a big WR who could in essence replace Walker...dude ran a 4.45 X 40. Also not sure they'd cut Rogers in favor of Asomugha...could happen, but only if they're convinced Nnamdi's 2 yrs in Philly were an abberation due to their zone defense. 3rd rd's too early for Mathieu...risky because he didn't play in 2012 due to drug issues. If they're going to take a chance on him, then I don't see it earlier than maybe 5th rd, even 6th.
With Mathieu, if you're going to decide to "take a chance" that means you have to draft him where he's available. Based on the mocks and rankings I've seen it would be almost unfathomable for him to be in the 5th round. So basically what you're advocating is removing him from our board, which is fair enough; that might ultimately be the 49ers' call but at this point I admit I'm enamored with his potential!
As for Marcus Davis, I actually considered both him and Mark Harrison after participating in a thread about "Delanie replacements." Seems both have similar measurables and should be available in the last two rounds. Other than that, I admit I know nothing about them aside from scouting reports. Maybe I'll change the pick to Davis, but I don't think a WR/TE in the 7th should replace taking a WR in the 2/3 range, as you suggest. I think Swope would be a great fit here.
You could be right about Tufuaku's security on the team, but if we use this many of our picks (I believe I've used 12), then some of the fringe players we've gotten used to over the past few years are finally going to have some competition. For example, if two or three of our picks are DL, along with Dorsey (and accounting for the RJF and Sopoaga defections), then one or two previous fringe guys are probably gone. And Ian Williams got a new deal. You point out that Tufuaku plays some offensive snaps, but Jesse Williams has that versatility as well and is far more talented.
Trading up from 31 to 25 may
be unnecessary depending on whom the 49ers target, but I don't know about "totally unnecessary." We have to use our picks somehow, and that somehow probably doesn't include keeping 14. Bypassing five rival teams for first-round talent seems like the best place to spend some draft capital. In the middle rounds, players are more fungible, e.g., if you have three favorite WRs with 3rd round grades, maybe you sit in the 3rd round and see which one falls. In the first round is where I think you want to identify "your guy" and be a little more proactive about getting him, not just seeing who falls.
I think we will draft DL in the first round. Whomever Baalke identifies as "his guy" who he thinks could be there at the end of round 1, I think leapfrogging five rival teams who also use 3-4 lines and who also could use DL help makes a lot of sense.
As for Asomugha, the 49ers' current CB approach confuses me a little since they've been linked to a couple "big" CBs (Sean Smith, Asomugha) despite returning our entire CB group. Rogers seems a likelier casualty than Culliver or Brown (based on age, production, $$) if they are able to land one of their FA targets.