Originally posted by MC9BEAT:
Assuming your 4th rd pick Larsen makes the team and bumps 1 of our veteran back ups off the roster you then want to use a 5th round pick to draft G Zach Fulton who as you state "is still very raw" in hopes of bumping a 2nd vet off the roster?
And the history of our draft means absolutely nothing. We have a very deep team. We were so deep last year we were trading good players for 7th rd picks just to make room on the roster and this year will be even tougher. We didn't have this kind of depth in the past so past drafts don't really apply.
I could see the 49ers drafting a G early if they projected him as next years starter to replace Iupati but to spend a 5th rd pick on a player you say is still very raw to compete with quality established vets I would rather pass on. This draft is deep and there will be players we could get in round 5 that will be able to help us. I would prefer to draft 1 of them rather than a very raw player at a position where we already have good players on the team. I don't like wasting picks and seeing draft picks get cut.
Maybe we just have different ideas but I always believed that if a draft pick plays as well as you could hope for they should make the team. If they are busts or dissapointments that's different. If a UDFA surprises everyone and takes the spot you still get a great rookie.
Anything is possible but I would take a different tact.
I see what you're saying, but you say we have a real deep team, and i agree, but admit to going to a different position in the 5th round who could potentially help right away. that's the same concept IMO. if you were to take a WR, or a LB, CB, S, whatever, in the 5th round, and expect them to help, that just means you'll be bumping off a vet, right? If we were to take Fulton, who is raw with plenty of potential, why would we pass on that for a player at a different position in a very deep roster? we've had a deep roster since Harbaugh's first draft.
regardless on this debate, even with this deep draft, it will be difficult for any 5th-7th round rookie to bypass a vet. They'd have to show something real special.