Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by buck:
I think that you are overstating the case for Kyle Williams. He just has not been productive enough to warrant the the praise.
He's a good little player...just caught between two completely different offenses. He went from focusing on crack-back blocks to running sideline routes against the Bears. He's a versatile guy...but he is just as versatile as many players we already have on our team as noted before: Hunter, James, Manningham, etc. Roman finally started to run VD out of the Q formation and had success. You don't think we can run these (aforementioned guys) out of this formation and be even more effective?
This is from the slot. Imagine the confusion he'd create with he and VD, Gore or Hunter/James out of the Q, lined up right next to CK.
I agree with Buck that you are really overstating the case for KW. He is nowhere close to being an elite player. Very average and hopefully we upgrade from him this season. Potentially, Austin is elite, but I would hesitate to give up a lot for someone that small. I'd like someone to name me someone of that size whose a game changing HOFer. No one come to mind with me. He's a Warren Dunn type. Maybe even smaller.
I'm on board with you. There such breath of talent of talent in this draft, that the Niners would to well to shore up their backups in all critical areas. This will afford the team developmental guys who can step into starting positions in a couple of years time. Baalke understands that you don't want to rely on rookies to fill starting roles if at all possible. Give them a year or two to get used to the speed of the game.
And this is the reason why I completely disagree with those who say that the 49ers are "stacked". It's become like a mantra. Some shallow thinker starts off saying it and everybody picks up the refrain. Ideally you keep stocking the roster with back-ups who are capable of being starters; now THAT'S a "stacked" roster. You make good picks every year
, in order to keep your roster young and not fall into the trap of having a too old roster and falling off a cliff when your stars can no longer keep up. I read where one poster said that he wouldn't mind if the Niners didn't pick ANYONE this year and traded away all their picks for future picks because the Niner's are that good. I just have to smh at thinking like that. It's so short sighted. And just a recipe for disaster down the road. We all have seen how radically a couple of bad drafts can negatively effect a team a couple of years down the road.
So . . . please tell me, for those of you who think the Niners are "stacked", which one of the team's back-ups would you be happy with stepping up, if a starter were to fall? And would they be someone who you would feel good about permanently manning that position?
Keep drafting as long as there are good players available. The Niner's have PLENTY of roster spots avaiable for good players. Even 13 if need be. This "let's trade away picks" before seeing what's available out there is just craziness. Thankfully, Baalke does understand this.