Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
I dont know what goes through some of your heads.
So a 3-4 NT, is not worthy of more than a 4th round pick, to a 3-4 team that currenty has no capable NT?
NT is the single current biggest need on this team. Period.
If we had a Ngata type player this would be the best front 7 in football no question.
NT is a huge need, and have any of you considered the reason we were playing the hybrid is because our NT was struggleing and we lost Cowboy for some time, etc. etc.
Willis spent some snaps on te sideline as well, maybe we dont need him either.....
NT is a huge need. I would be etremely disapointed if we didnt snag one with our first two pics if one is sitting there worth takeing, and its a solid NT class.
Dorsey was signed to a two year deal, and te "compete" comments tell me the club is bringing him in to do exactly that, competition and depth. I highly doubt they plan on rolling with his as the sure starter at NT. to do so would be extremely wishful thinking.
Co-signed. This whole idea that "we don't need an NT" in this defense is ridiculously short-sighted. The biggest issue is that the 49ers have had a bunch of poverty-level NT's for awhile now but have been addressing other needs on the defense. I'd be shocked to not see them take an NT some time in the first 3 rounds this year. If you have a quality NT, not only does it make stuffing the run easier, but it takes the pressure off the rest of the defensive line as a team has to dedicate multiple blockers to holding up against the NT, meaning somewhere in that defense, someone is likely going to break free and either stuff the runner behind the line of scrimmage or get the quarterback moving out of the pocket or put him on his ass.
Soap played terrible this past season, he drastically regressed from 2011, and its not shocking to see that his snaps declined as well. Part of it was the 49ers playing in the nickel, but the other part of it is that he was a handicap out on the field quite a lot. Whether he was out there or not, teams would run up the middle against the 49ers so I guess Fangio said "f**k it", might as well keep an extra defensive back out there.
If they can bring in a guy like Jesse Williams or Brandon Williams, a talented, athletic young player that is aggressive and can take on multiple blockers, it will make the defense that much more effective, particularly the linebackers. Currently the only guy on the 49ers DL who requires multiple blockers is Justin Smith, a one-gap NT like Williams sure isn't going to do it, so adding and developing a draft pick at NT would be tremendous for this team.
In a 3-4 defense, the most important position is the NT. They don't have the stats, but they are what makes the defense work. Even a team like New England that runs a hybrid system has had a highly talented NT for a long time. If you don't have a good NT, you might as well say f**k it and go run a 4-3 system for what its worth.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Mar 13, 2013 at 9:46 PM ]