Well, we certainly have a provocative thread here...
Not sure who said it but getting 6 guys in MD's Top 108 seems like a pretty good haul to me. I understand why MD grades certain guys down, and i agree with him that Reid will almost certainly end up at SS in a year or two (and will probably be great in that role). However, unless the coaches can really work wonders with this guy, the team still really needs a true FS....and trading up to 18 to get a future SS, even a really good one, seems like a bit of a reach. This leads me to believe that the team feels they can coach him back to his 2011 level, which was very high. One last thing about Reid... He was a team captain this year and was playing with essentially an all new defensive backfield. The point is that I think he probably tried to do a bit too much. I can't prove that but it is what I'm surmising.
Unlike MD, though, I'm cool with the McDonald pick. I just think he has a boatload of untapped talent which the Niners are going to tap. In 2 years that guy is going to be a stud. The Dial pick I like too because the dude is very athletic for his size...and he is extremely big. That guy is as big as 2 refrigerators put side by side...and unlike them, he can move. He is very very raw of course as MD pointed out, but again, he has true talent, and that shouldn't be underestimated with the quality of this coaching staff.
All of that stated, I do have a big problem with this draft in that a pretty glaring need has still gone unmet...a very quick CB that can cover the slot receivers that have suddenly sprung up all over the place...especially in the NFC West! Maybe the Niners feel like they can just hit the crap out of those slot guys at the LOS and just knock them off their routes with all the big corners they have now. Not sure that will be an effective strategy all of the time though. I'm hoping that T Brown can fill that role and that they move Rogers, who proved he couldn't hang with the slot guys, back out on the edge where he was so effective in 2011.
Any good slot cover CBs left in free agency?
Great job as always, MD... Always enjoy reading your stuff. Keep it comin'!