Originally posted by SF69ers:
me neither. there's a reason he's rated pretty high, yet people like to criticize the negatives in his game.
You know who was rated pretty high? Donte Whitner was rated pretty high, that's why he was a Top 10 pick in the draft. Dashon Goldson meanwhile was a 4th rounder and yet given the choice, I don't think a single poster on these forums would have chosen to give up Goldson if he could have been retained by simply cutting Whitner. But yeah, Whitner was rated pretty high.
Elam is an under-sized strong safety who struggles in coverage. Beyond that...he's outstanding.
All the stuff people hate about Whitner, Elam brings in spades....and before we get into the whole "they're not the same"....bottomline, they were pretty similar as college players, go watch Whitner in college, he was the same sort of player, very explosive run defender, hard hitter, making plays all over the place, but questions about his size and coverage ability that have never gone away. Elam is somewhat better in terms of coverage ability but takes way too many chances, is always headhunting, looking for the big hit instead of just wrapping up.
I just don't see how you logically go from wanting Whitner booted off this team to proclaiming Matt Elam as the answer, that makes absolutely no sense to me at all.
If anything, I think Evans has been grossly underrated as he took on a lot of responsibility on his own shoulders to let Elam go run around near the line of scrimmage. There are scouts who actually see Evans as the better pro prospect ultimately.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Apr 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM ]