Originally posted by MC9BEAT:
I like the Mock. If we could land those first 6 players where they are at, I'd be happy.
Philosophically/Strategically, I think of the 49ers team devised in 3 parts
1.) 53 man roster-
2.) Practice squad- PLAYERS CAN BE SIGNED AT ANY TIME, BY ANY TEAM
3.) NFI/PUP list- PLAYERS ARE THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS OF THE 49ERS, CANNOT BE SIGNED BY ANY OTHER TEAM
* Right now, 49ers have zero players on NFI list (injured in college)
* 49ers need to take advantage of the roster spots and fill it up the NFI list.
RD 4: QB DAVID FALES
I would rather take adavantage of the NFI list: and draft Injured QB Aaron Murray or Zach Mettenberger.
I like I just think the 49ers need an experienced cheap back-up QB and would rather have them draft Aaron Murray or Mettenberger. I really subscribe to the Bill Walsh philosophy of QB development. Guys like Steve Young, Steve Bono and Elvis Grbac spent years as a back-up QB and that gradual growth served them well.
RD 5: DE JOSH MAURO
Not a bad player, but once again, I would fill out the NFI list and draft CB Aaron Colvin
RD 6: PR/KR DRI ARCHER
Not a bad player, but I would prefer a 2 way player, I guy who could also play WR and has great coverage on Kickoff/Punt Units.
WR: Geremy Gallon is a guy flying under the radar. Or once again, I wold go NFI list player and draft Safety Nickoe Whitley or Vinny Sunseri
This is pre-combine and rankings will change during the off season but a draft like this could help position the 49ers for years to come.
Another way to look at NFI list players are as 4th/5th round picks next year as some of these players are rates as such or higher, but just injured. In addition as opposed to a rookie, these guys will come in next year knowing what to expect and what it takes to reach that elite level.