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Drafting injured players

  • jimrat
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Easley......guy is a nut......a John Randle kind of nut, definitely a Harbaugh type player. You can tell he has a lot of passion for the game.
Walter Football has us getting Easley in the 3rd round....would be a steal IMO. I like TJE but future starting DE combo of Tank and Easley could be awesome.

http://walterfootball.com/draft2014_3.php
Originally posted by genz22:
Dominique Easley! This guy will be a beast after recovery.


multiple knee injuries. Is he Ray Mac or Steve emtman?
Originally posted by matt49er:
Walter Football has us getting Easley in the 3rd round....would be a steal IMO. I like TJE but future starting DE combo of Tank and Easley could be awesome.

http://walterfootball.com/draft2014_3.php

That's where I had him in my mock. If they have got their picks and receivers (2), a corner, and a safety, I say go for it with one of those remaining third round picks.
Originally posted by LaMichaelJeff:
Aaron Murray would be my pick. late 4th or 5th rd.

This. He'll be drafted lower than he rightfully should based on that injury. Spencer Long is my favorite, he has tremendous upside, he's a 2nd round talent at guard who will fall way down the boards. I would love to see the 49ers draft him as a potential replacement for Iupati should they need one. Easley is another guy I wouldn't mind seeing them take, put him on the shelf, let him recover, start playing in 2015.
Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
Not sure Lattimore would've been a 1st round pick this year, but the point is well taken.

Not a doubt in my mind. Had he played this past season and had even an average season for him, easily a first rounder. I think people WAY underestimate how good of a player Lattimore is. He's got incredible vision, similar to Gore in the way he finds holes where none exist. He's not a guy who will break one long on you but he'll attack the hole and keep his legs churning, consistently picking up yards for you. He'd be the top RB in the draft if he were to come out and was completely healthy.

One of the reasons that the injuries don't scare me is because his game was never overly dependent on athleticism and out running people. His vision, his ability to create something out nothing, to break tackles, I can see him being a very productive NFL running back, especially behind this OL.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Jan 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM ]
Originally posted by LasVegasWally:
Other benefits are that it gives us opportunities to:

A). get a highly rated player which we'd never have a chance of getting because of our record

B). have them sit and LEARN our systems with out pressure for a year

C). take time to completely heal

D). enable us to still take quality picks with our top 2 selections.

This has been a good strategy and I hope it continues. Since the team is stacked there is very little risk to use a third, or even a second, round pick for an injured guy.