Originally posted by maxsmart:
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by matt49er:
Ray has 2 years left on his deal, I'm suggesting (as AB has many times) that he could end up with a restructured 3-4 year deal with less of a cap hit to help us out with flexibility to extend some of our young guys.
I agree that DE may become a need in a couple years, with Tank here now IMO we should let him and TJE develop and see if we even need to go get another starter type guy for the future. I really think Tank was a steal, he's a natural pass rusher and a physical freak that I think will have a big impact next season & take JS's place when he retires. I'm just saying why draft Tuitt now and ignore needs like CB, WR & potentially SS if Whitner leaves? We are in win a SB now mode therefore our 1st round draft pick should be a guy who's going to make a big impact now, not a guy who's going to have to compete just to be in the rotation and has zero chance of starting.
Best player available is usually the safest bet. When it comes to DL, you really can't have enough depth, with the way that Tomsula has gotten the most out of guys like Dobbs and TJE with average or below average skill sets and ability, its pretty frightening to think of what he could do with someone with boundless potential, a guy like Tuitt, Hageman.....etc. So in this case, I would not be upset whatsoever with the addition of more DL depth. If you could have a strong rotation of Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Tank Carradine and Tuitt, that would be a tremendous boost for a Superbowl run. As we saw with Seattle this year and their endless rotation of DE's, you really can't have enough quality DL guys, even in a 3-4 system.
Is it a huge need? No, would it be a nice selection and upgrade to the roster? Absolutely.
Exactly. If WR or CB is BPA, of course you take them. But if DE/DT is great value and all-pro type talent, might even trade up to get that.
Again, in principle I agree with you, but not in this circumstance. By your logic let's say with our first six picks in the first 3 rounds the BPA's go like this: DL, RB, TE, ILB, DL, OT. That's who we should take and have insane amounts of depth at those positions and just leave WR, CB, SS vulnerable?
BPA is a good principle in theory and works a lot of the time, this however is the best overall roster in the NFL, one that is very deep at several positions, DL included, blindly staying put at one's draft slot and just picking BPA regardless of position doesn't make good strategical sense for this franchise at this period in time.
Targeting good players in the first 2 rounds at need positions and doing what it takes to get into a position to draft them is what needs to be done. It's great to draft for depth/for the future, but at some point, you need to load up and win now, this is that time.