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Passing on Day 3 safeties = vote of confidence in Trent Robinson?

Some of the later round Zoner favorites at safety, like Earl Wolff and Duke Williams, would have overlapped Robinson pretty clearly. Robinson is on the shorter side, but he has very good speed, was productive in college, and projects as a nice fit alongside Eric Reid when and if Whitner is not retained.

Reid and Robinson both have speed in the high 4.4s and experience playing single high in college and also playing in the box. In man to man matchups, Reid looks like a great fit against TEs while Robinson can help with slot WRs. Could be a pair of complementary, interchangeable, all-around safeties.
I was just thinking about this too. The Niners passed on a lot of really good DB's in this draft. I wonder if they are going to use this season to evaluate both Spielman and Robinson?
I think passing on day 3 safeties had more to do with already having enough bodies. We have Robinson, McBath, and Thomas competing for the 5th safety spot, if the team even chooses to keep that many safeties on the roster.
No one has gone at him in this thread, but people are too hard on Whitner.

He was the 1 SS selection to the pro bowl. Granted, the pro bowl isn't the end all be all of NFL performance evaluation, but you generally aren't getting cut if you're the top player at your position voted to the Pro Bowl in the conference, unless the contract is outrageous. Whitner is a 6 year veteran that was drafted 8th overall and 27 isn't old.


We needed a starting FS and didn't need a starting SS. We needed depth at other positions more than we needed depth at S. That's about the extent of it.
[ Edited by mug0mug on Apr 28, 2013 at 6:26 AM ]
I like Trent Robinson alot.
Really wanna see what Spillman can do with extended time on the field.
I really see at a vote of confidence for the guys already on the roster
as a group
No.

we have six picks in the first three rounds next year.

we probably take a strong safety really high in 2014.
Originally posted by mug0mug:
No one has gone at him in this thread, but people are too hard on Whitner.

He was the 1 SS selection to the pro bowl. Granted, the pro bowl isn't the end all be all of NFL performance evaluation, but you generally aren't getting cut if you're the top player at your position voted to the Pro Bowl in the conference, unless the contract is outrageous. Whitner is a 6 year veteran that was drafted 8th overall and 27 isn't old.


We needed a starting FS and didn't need a starting SS. We needed depth at other positions more than we needed depth at S. That's about the extent of it.

He can't cover and that's a must with the league the way it now with more teams throwing more and more teams going with the 2 TE sets.
Originally posted by mug0mug:
No one has gone at him in this thread, but people are too hard on Whitner.

He was the 1 SS selection to the pro bowl. Granted, the pro bowl isn't the end all be all of NFL performance evaluation, but you generally aren't getting cut if you're the top player at your position voted to the Pro Bowl in the conference, unless the contract is outrageous. Whitner is a 6 year veteran that was drafted 8th overall and 27 isn't old.


We needed a starting FS and didn't need a starting SS. We needed depth at other positions more than we needed depth at S. That's about the extent of it.

He can't cover and that's a must with the league the way it now with more teams throwing more and more teams going with the 2 TE sets.
This happens to alot teams when they get good and the rosters are set, people tend to forget about the young players drafted and developed because they dont often get on the field. We have 4 or 5 guys i guarantee the organization is counting on, Robinson, Flemming, Kilgore especially i believe and Joe Looney. All the guys are being developed to get a chance to contribute. They have not been lost in the shuffle just having to bide their time. We are stacked for the next generation. I cannot wait to get into that new stadium with all these young players opening it up!!
This will be an interesting subplot to the offseason going into training camp. I was expecting the Niners to get another SS and a slot CB, but they chose not to over the weekend. Two things about that:

1) The Niners are following the Seahawks blueprint of having big, physical corners to beat up people at the line of scrimmage.
2) We all seem to forget the entire 2012 draft class that didn't make a contribution last year, but definitely has a shot at contributing this year. Trenton Robinson and Michael Thomas appear to have the best shot of being the additional safeties to backup Reid and Whitner this coming year.
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Below are the active roster defense backs as listed on the 49er Website today(April 28, 20113).

1. I found it interesting that only player listed as a strong safety was Graig Dahl.
Does this mean that the team sees him as a potential replacement for Donte Whitner?

2. Brock and Cox were listed as defense backs; not as corners or safeties.
Does this mean that the team might consider moving Brock to safety?

Asomugha, Nnamdi CB
Brown, Tarell CB
Cooper, Marcus CB
Culliver, Chris CB
Rogers, Carlos CB

Brock, Tramaine DB
Cox, Perrish DB

McBath, Darcel S
Reid, Eric S
Robinson, Trenton S
Spillman, C.J. S
Whitner, Donte S
Dahl, Craig SS
[ Edited by buck on Apr 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM ]
We need another NOSE TACKLE Defensive Tackle body maybe Richard Seymour?
I can't believe the vote of confidence Ian Williams received indirectly over the weekend. I'm amazed