Originally posted by CasBanaszek:
Originally posted by NeonNiner:
Originally posted by CasBanaszek:I beg to differ with the prevailing don't draft a DL in the 1st round attitude here. Look what Lotulelei has done for the Panthers defense. Our nose tackle depth is just guys. I mean, all NFL players are great athletes, but our guys aren't special. Remember Bryant Young? Can you imagine what a top NT could do for the defensive line, and the defense as a whole? There's no guarantee that Tank will play at Justin's level, or do the things Justin does. We don't know if Dial is gonna cut it or not. MacDonald ain't no spring chicken either. George Seifert, the genius behind the top notch 49ers defense in the 80's and 90's, always maintained you can't have enough defensive linemen. With Culliver, Brock, Brown, and Wright we have a plethora of corners. If we retain Whitner, we're OK at the safety spot for one more year. I think drafting a NT is the thing to do. Just because something isn't conventional wisdom doesn't mean it's wrong.
Two problems with that statement:
1. Brown is most likely gone next year
2. You seem to forget Culliver is coming off a tore ACL. You're assuming he'll be back to himself immediately when really, nobody has no idea what he'll look like post knee reconstruction. Not everybody is Peterson.
So no, that's not a "plethora" of depth at CB. If Dennard or Gilbert are still available when we pick, Baalke would be crazy to pass one of those guys up for a DL that's not even an immediate need for us right now.
1. What evidence do you have to support that? The 49ers may wind up well under the cap next season if Rodgers is cut.
2. You seem to forget the advances in sports medicine that have taken place. Players now routinely come back quickly from injuries that were career-ending a year ago. Crabtree is a great example of that. It's not just Peterson, it's the advances in medicine, both surgery and the recovery period.
So yes, it quite possibly a 'plethora' of depth at CB. If you think MacDonald, Smith and whatever stiff we put in at NT will continue to be as dominant as they have in the past, you're crazy.
LOL! Why do you think the FO hurried up to resign Brock? According to Maicco and other sources, the contract given to Brock was originally offered to Brown and Brown turned it down. I fully expect him to enter FA and try to cash out somewhere else. Can't keep everyone, especially when you have guys like Kap, Aldon, and Crabtree to negotiate with in the future. Even Boldin and Hitner are probably ahead of him on the priority list when it comes to the impending free agents next year. Brown is going to want to get paid (and rightfully so) but I doubt it will be by us.
As for Culliver, I'm aware of modern medicine and rehab - all I'm saying is that it's a bit premature (and in most cases, wishful thinking) to assume Cully will be 100% in the beginning. He might, he might not. Nobody knows. Not saying the dudes career is over but it won't be a cake walk for him right away either - I'd feel much more comfortable if we had more reliable depth behind him.
We're likely losing two starting CBs next year in Rogers and Brown. So no, I have to disagree - that's not a plethora of depth at CB. It's significantly less than what we're afforded this year. If we're not taking a WR with our first pick, I see us taking another DB in a very deep CB class. Much more likely and logical scenario than using a 1st rounder on a DL.
Also, chill out dude. Don't need to be calling peeps crazy. Just my opinion.