Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by LieutKaffee:
Pasted from a Niner Talk thread, my thoughts on what this draft taught us about NT:
I think the 49ers have communicated loud and clear something that at least 75% of the fan base is still reluctant to accept: They see a stout 300-310 lb guy as the prototype NT for the system they want to run. They gave Ian Williams an extension somewhat unexpectedly. Then they signed a former blue-chipper in Dorsey and promptly announced their intention to use him in a way he hasn't been used yet, at NT.
Then they passed on glaringly obvious NT prospects like Jesse Williams and Brandon Williams in favor of a total luxury pick, Corey Lemonier, who has no clear path to a starting role with Brooks and Aldon both entrenched in long-term deals.
In other words, I challenge your underlying premise that the 49ers "have to deal" with the NT position. Even if that's your opinion, I think even you would have to concede at this point that Baalke et al don't share it.
I had a different opinion, but it sure looks like you are right. Good job.
Just to clarify, this was my analysis after the draft. I didn't have the foresight to predict that the team would ignore NT in the draft. In fact I thought for sure they would scoop up Jesse Williams as he was plummeting.
Another thing I would add is that a lot of Zoners are projected Dial as a 5-tech, but when Harbaugh was asked about his position in a post-draft press conference, he said, "he'll play tackle."