Originally posted by shaneblonien:
Let me explain myself. Last year the Niners had great interest in Bruce Irvin. Obviously he did not end up a Niner but instead with the hawks. The team's desire for another explosive pass rusher will not have magically disappeared, especially after last post season. I'm expecting them to trade up a couple spots (5 max) to take Tank Carradine or a guy who will take a significant drop.
Taking a pass rusher only makes sense with the likes of Brees, Rodgers, Wilson, Manning, Ryan in the NFC. Thoughts?
You are definitely not alone. I think we will take a "pass rusher", but I would be shocked if we took an OLB. Brooks and Aldon are part of the long term plan. With Haralson and last years picks of Fleming and Cam Johnson we are probably set at OLB.
I'm hoping we target a traditional 4-3 DE to play in our 4-down nickle alignment (which we use frequently). Someone that has the frame and skill-set to eventually play the 5-technique DE spot in our base defense.
Tank Carradine and Alex Okafor both fit this mold for me. I'd be thrilled if we picked either.
Imagine this as our nickle DL:
Carradine/Okafor, MacDonald, J. Smith, A. Smith
Brooks rotates in on the outside. Dorsey rotates in on the inside.