Originally posted by Rascal:
That's OK mayo49. But, I was just upset we gave up the 34th pick. I mean I was pretty much spot on when we handed the pick over to the Titans and true enough they picked Justin Hunter right away. That clearly showed his value was definitely there without a doubt. So, I thought OK may be they didn't want to draft a wideout that early, at least take a top TE to replace Delanie and yet they passed on Zach Ertz too and instead went for McDonald. So, in my mind we basically gave up 2 skill-position impact playmakers in 1 swoop if you will.
No way will we sign Hunter when he becomes a FA say in 4 years cos he will command a tonne of money by then. Just you watch, Justin Hunter is going to become like another Mike Wallace and we all know the guy is pulling $12 mil a year from the Dolphins.
Oh well, we could have landed such a huge talent, just a complete waste on our part when we had so many draft picks to make moves. I think this will come back to haunt us for years to come.
With all due respect, I don't think you are paying attention. Did you know that the Niners not only got Justin Smith's future replacement (Tank Carradine) but they also got a third round pick in next year's draft for that pick?
Even if Hunter does become a stud like you say, that is a big haul for pick number 34. Also, Hunter, for all of his explosiveness, doesn't have great hands. Why do you think he dropped to 34 in the first place? In contrast, Carradine would probably have gone in the top 10 or 15 if he didn't have the ACL injury last year and with today's medical technology, that is an injury that can be fixed and rehabbed in less than a year.
The Niners plan on using Tank the same way they used Aldon Smith as a rookie...on passing downs as a rush weapon. That way, they ease him into the NFL and after a year, when he has put on 10-15 lbs., he becomes a starter and a stud for the next 8-10 years. I think he'll have a very positive impact as a rookie. Very few WRs have that in their first year in the league.
Finally, IMHO, an athletic, pass rushing 3-4 DE is as, if not more valuable to a team than a stud WR. I appreciate your two cents but I don't think you considered fully what the Niners accomplished with that trade.