Originally posted by Heisenberg:
Originally posted by pwillis52beasty:
Originally posted by Heisenberg:
Stephon Tuitt, really?? With Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial waiting in the wings, there's no need to take a D-lineman that high. I'd hope they wait till the 4th or so later rounds to draft a D-lineman, perhaps maybe Beau Allen out of Wisconsin to rotate with Glenn Dorsey. Lets also not forget the 9ers have Tony Jerrodd-Eddie and Demarcus Dobbs whos prove very serviceable. As of right now I'd say CB should be the pick, no matter BPA or Need, CB should be the pick, crossing my fingers Darqueze Dennard is there, I really don't see Justin Gilbert being there at the 30th pick either.
And on a side note, I would love to pick up Charles Tillman via free agency, that guy has San Francisco 49er written all over him. Tillman would be my only sound of relief if the 9ers so happen to pass on a CB in the 1st.
Dial was a 5th round draft pick and doesn't bring much as a pass rusher. There is a lot of depth at corner in this draft, so we can still get quality guys a couple rounds later. You're not going to get a talent like Tuitt later. You see the kinds of things JJ Watt and Geno Atkins can do as interior pass rushers? Watt lines up all over the line and Tuitt could do something similar. Him paired with Tank on the line would bring a ferocious pass rush. The better your pass rush, the less time your secondary has to cover. You don't need Deion Sanders back there with a great pass rush. And we would still address the DB position in the next two rounds.
Signing Charles Tillman would require a relatively hefty contract. More than the niners are willing to pay.
Ray Mac, Justin Smith with Tank Carradine most likely being %100 next year would be an awesome enough 3-4/4-3 D-lin. Adding Tuit who no doubt has elite talent, would hardly imporve what needs to be fixed on the defense and its no secret the secondary needs immediate attention. Having Tuitt would be a luxury the 9ers don't really need, at the most for the next two years would be spot duty, when the 9ers could use and really need an immediate starter at CB. If you've noticed this year, the front-sven was hardly intact but still held up good enough to help get the 9ers into the post season. Where the 9ers really needed or could've used help was in the secondary where play after play was given up. Carlos Rogers is pretty much a goner, Tarrell Brown may not be back either and there's no telling how much of a set back Cullivers injury has effected his play. Going into the season not addressing the secondary like it should be could set the defense back like it was in 1999. And let's also not forget, Donte Whitner may also not be back, sure his position may not effect the reasoning in drafting a CB, but it sure will weaken the secondary even more.
As for Tillman, there's no telling what his contract demands will be, its not that Chicago can't afford him, its just that he wants to test free agency. With his age, I don't suspect his price will be that high or long of a contract.
So Tank Carradine will be healthy, but Culliver might not be? We don't know what either of those guys will be like coming off of injuries. We do know though that Culliver is a very good corner in the league when he's healthy. The jury is out on Carradine, although I do think he will be good.
And notice how I resigned Whitner in my mock, and drafted two corners in the first three rounds. Just because I didn't take a corner with the very first pick, doesn't mean I'm not addressing the secondary. Joyner and Baptiste are damn good dbs. Not as highly touted as Dennard and Gilbert, but they too can be studs in this league.
And again, the pass rush will help any secondary. Look at how well the Panthers secondary played this year because of how good their pass rush was. Culliver, Brock, Joyner, and Baptiste is a good set of corners with lots of potential. And if we end up having the money to sign a free agent corner of starting caliber (which I don't think we will if we sign Boldin and Whitner), I'd take Sam Shields over Tillman. Tillman is getting up there in years.
This would give you more bang for your buck. As I said, corner is relatively deep in this draft and we can still get some very good corners in rounds 2-3.