Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by communist:
In the 3rd round.
Definitely a possibility, but spending a 3rd rounder on a guy who may have to sit for 3 years or so? Not entirely sold on that idea. I like Barrow a lot and I totally get needing to have a quality backup ready to go just in case (e.g., what happened to NaVorro). But Willis is signed through 2016 and Bowman through 2018, so Barrow isn't realistically looking at starting until maybe the 3rd year of his deal but more realistically, the 4th and final year of his rookie deal. Seems pricey to me to have a 3rd rounder sit for most of his career like that.
Again, I'm not saying it's dumb to have a quality backup/heir apparent to Willis because it does make sense on a certain level. I see those 3rd round picks typically being reserved for guys that can/should start either in their first year or the next and unless something catastrophic happened, I don't see it happening at the ILB position. With Bow scheduled to be back likely around mid-year, I think they'd feel more comfortable running Wilhoite (who's decent, experienced and expendable)out there next to Willis then grabbing a late round ILB to play special teams/backup alongside Moody.
[ Edited by GhostofFredDean74 on Feb 24, 2014 at 4:19 PM ]