Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Originally posted by RollinWith21n52:
Thanks for the reply. Like you, I'm not huge on Patterson, and love the top 3 WRs you listed. Also a very big Alford fan (feel like he has elite instincts and rarely gets tested--a testament to keeping up with his WR even when you can't see him in a agame). As for Ford, I've also been paying attention. How often are players that are not at the combine drafted? I'd like him as a 7th rd pick (we have plenty of those!). One last Q...do you have a pick you're "hoping" the niners make?
I believe about 1/5 of all players selected are non-combine invitees. So, it is a significant number.
There are a number of guys that I think are terrific players of value outside the first couple of rounds. I will highlight two. I hope the Niners take a long look at Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead. He is going to be a late round draftee, but has the size and strength and speed measurables to go much higher. The guy always falls forward after contact, and is a load.
Cornelius Washington is way underrated. He has the violent hands that snap OL backward. He is a guy that is going to surprise at the next level.
Finally, I will throw in one early rounder. Jonathan Cyprien is a stud. I thought he was crazy good at the Senior Bowl. Terrific all around game. Can cover well, hit, good instincts. I would be very pleased if the team picked him up at 31, he is that good.
The safety position in this years draft is a bit of a conundrum for me. It is obviously a high priority with Goldson's departure. Also, IMHO, the Niners need a significant upgrade at SS to help with pass coverage.
This years safety class is supposed to be deep, but IMHO (once again), it is not extremely top heavy. Due to the hole at FS, I could easily justify targeting a safety at #34. But I don't know if that will be the best value.
The three safeties that I like are:
Cyprien, Jonathan Florida International 2 6-0 217 4.64 38 1/2
4 seasons, 6 int, 365 tackles, 6 FF, 1 TD
Thomas, Phillip Fresno State 2-3 6-1 208 4.65 14 35 10'02"
3 seasons, 13 int, 178 tackles, 6 FF, 4 TD
Rambo, Bacarri Georgia 3 6-1 211 4.56 17
4 seasons, 16 int, 235 tackles, 6 FF, 3 TD
Speed is not the most important factor, but it is a bit of a factor. Based on measurables and productivity last season, I think Thomas is the best option. However, I do not think #34 is the best value for him. I would love to put the bulls eye on Cyprien's head at #34, but Thomas seems like a better ball hawk, which is what I believe the Niners need.
The fourth option is to try to convert a CB.
Amerson, *David North Carolina State 2 6-1 205 4.44 15 35 1/2 10'07"
3 seasons, 17 int, 177 tackles, 1 FF, 3 TD
Amerson has good FS size, he's got much better speed. Played safety in HS.
Bottom line, who is the best choice/value to be the Niners FS of the future?