I suppose the argument I used as to why going after a pass rusher in 2011 is more important than going after a DB (Robert Quinn over Prince Amukamara) definitely applies here. If we have a fierce D-line rotation to match with best front four in the league, they will make our DBs look GREAT. We saw what it did for Carlos Rogers in 2011. I also do realize that we can get both of the receivers we need in the second round and Baalke is a pretty much a homerun hitter when it comes to drafting DBs or even finding UDFAs (Tramaine Brock, Chris Culliver, Marcus Cooper, Darryl Morris, and Eric Reid).
I'll admit it. I'm sold, not necessarily on Hageman, but just that it isn't out of the question that we draft a DE in the first. . It isn't likely that we get either of the two best corners available and I do not want to trade up to get them either. It's a lot of ifs, but if we resign Boldin, extend Crabtree, and resign Whitner, then and only then do I believe we should go DE in the first. Having both Boldin and Crabtree back beyond 2014 ensures we don't absolutely have to take a receiver in the first and can comfortably wait until the second round. Adding an impact player on the D-line would also help out whoever we have in the secondary.
[ Edited by LifelongNiner on Feb 4, 2014 at 7:33 PM ]