Originally posted by nw9erfan:
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.
No, Justin Hunter didn't drop, the 2 sure 1st rounder wideouts were Austin and Patterson. Hunter was always going to be between end of 1st and early 2nd. And the Titans proved me right, they got our pick and selected Hunter right away. The guy doesn't have bad hands. Get this, he came back after his ACL last year, rusty and he still cleared 1,000 receiving yards right away. If you want to talk drop, Tank dropped like you said, Quinton Patton dropped, Lattimore dropped, now those are drops.
Overall, we just didn't do enough on the offensive side of the ball. I forsee we will be having problems this year with quite a number of teams drafting better than us. Just look at the Rams within division, we will be having issues if we are not careful.
I am from a totally different school of thought. Is a newer point of view if you will, I believe it is offense that wins games in this day and age. Not totally saying defense is not important, a good D will help to get you there, but ultimately it is your offense that will get it done for you.
I am not saying don't draft on the defensive side of the ball, but I would have drafted a top WR and a top TE to replace Delanie first before anything else.