It seems that everyone from their dogs to supposed draft experts is presuming that we are drafting DL or Safety with the first pick. Given the past few drafts the one thing the Niners have not been is predictable. Given this I started to think about what we did in free agency. The key isn't who we got in FA, but who we didn't get.
Exhibit A: Percy Harvin. As I understand it we offered the Vikings our 1st rd pick for him but Seattle's pick was higher than ours.
Exhibit B: Joshua Cribs. We went after him as well and did't get him.
Both of these players are similar. They are both explosive players, great in space, and multi dimensional. Players like Percy and Cribs are very hard to come by. They play WR/RB/PR/KR. Harbs LOVES players that can play more than one position.
So I think they are targeting a player that can play WR/RB/PR/KR. Looking at this years draft there are 2 players that fit that description in the first rd.
Tavon Austin & Cordarrelle Patterson
I think that they will target Tavon Austin 1st and if they cannot trade up to get him they will try and get Cordarrelle Patterson.
I think they will target Tavon Austin first because of what history has shown us the past couple of years. They don't care about size as long as they have shown in college that they are durable. I think both have shown to be durable.I think what slides the bar to Austin favor is that he has played for a big college for 4 years in a major confrence were Cordarrelle Patterson only has 1 yr at Tennessee. Now this is not an indictment on Cordarrelle Patterson. I just think that Austin has a better resume if you will.
I know some of you are going to say that there is no way that the Niners will draft 2 wr in the 1st rd back to back years. That Baalke would be throwing in the towel on A.J. Jenkins if he made a move like that. I think that they are 2 types of players. A.J. is a traditional receiver. Tavon is for a lack of a better word, a Swiss army knife. Sorry Walker but you are no longer on the team. He can line up all over the place. Roman would be able to do a lot with this kid. Not to mention we need a replacement for Ginn. Plus we do not have very many wr in contract for long term.
To all those draft pundits that think we need to get a Safety or DL in the 1st round. Here is some history for you. The highest DL we drafted on our team is a 3rd rounder. Thats Ray McDonald. As for Safety Dashon Goldson was a 4th rounder.
Another reason I think we draft Tavon or Cordarrelle Patterson is this. This draft is deep at both S and DL. Our scout team is pretty darn good at finding dimonds in the rough. Players with Tavon's and Cordarrelle's skill set are very hard to find. I might be wrong, but I think my logic makes sense. We have the fire power to move up to get a player we want. WHY NOT! GO NINERS!!!!