The basic premise of this thread is that "We will not be drafting a NT high."
The original poster argues, "With Dorsey and Boldin on board and inking Ian Williams to an extension, looks like we will focus our high draft choices on DE and DB's."
I am not sure what he means by high, but in my book high means definitely means first and second round, and probably includes the third round.
Dorsey has never played 3-4 nose tackle. When KC ran the 3-4, Dorsey played defensive end.
Ian Williams has been extended, but that does not mean that he should be considered our starting nose tackle.
We do not have a starting nose tackle. We do not have a starting Free Safety. We do not have a kicker.
The team must acquire a starting nose tackle, a starting free safety, and a quality kicker.
The team has one quality starting DE, and one excellent starting DE.
We have a quality TE. The team has three decent corner backs. We have only two quality wide receivers.
We need to acquire players that have the potential to become starters in the near future at defensive end, strong safety, corner back, wide receiver.
We seriously need a swing tackle,a 2nd tight end, depth at outside linebacker, and maybe a third quarter back.
In the draft we need to select the best player available at a position of need.
If the best player available in the first is a DE, the we should draft a DE. If it is a wide receiver, then we should draft a WR.
The key is to remember that the draft is about selecting players.
The team can not ignore positional need, but skipping a quality player and filling a need with a lesser player it not a good way to draft.
The draft is also not about drafting speed (ask the Oakland Raiders) or size. It is about getting quality players.
So, if the best available player available at #31 is the midget (Mighty Mouse does sound better) Tavon Austin, we should draft him.
Conversely, if the best player available at #31 is the Monstar, Jessie Williams, we should draft him.
In summary, the contention of the original poster is grievously flawed.
But, hey that is just my opinion.
[ Edited by buck on Mar 15, 2013 at 2:15 AM ]