Originally posted by CorvaNinerFan:Ok, I'll be the wet blanket...
No way I see Baalke trading two prized picks to get Roby. If it's a CB with his first pick, Verrett or Fuller would seem to appeal to him more (tough slot CB or longer-armed Fuller). Don't see either costing 2 picks.
Matthews and Adams have much more consistent production than Moncrief. I can see the former being a worthy replacement for Crabtree.
Like Marcus Smith a lot.
Desir would be a better pick than Aikens, IMHO. Big CB with long arms...Baalke loves them. Another option would be Breeland, whom TB likes.
Matthews' production is inflated due to being force-fed the ball on uncontested bubble-screens a high percentage of the time. Now, that said, he is a good player and will fit nicely for a team needing an element of a strong possession WR, but he won't be what the 49ers are looking for. His agility and speed times do not translate to the field. Good player, but not an explosive one.
Moncrief's production was mightily hindered by having arguably one of the most wildly inconsistent QBs in college football. But production isn't everything. Aldon Smith didn't have the most productive last year, but his tape revealed the kind of player he was. One on one footage of Donte reveals fantastic ability to beat the press with remarkable consistency. His drawbacks are the following: fine-tuning on some routes, and has good but not great hands. Overall however, he is arguably in the Top 3 among most explosive receivers in this class and possesses higher upside, on top of all this.
Both of these players showed up big-time in their bowl games, each getting 100+ yards with touchdowns. And both had big games against major competition (Moncrief with 100+ against LSU, Auburn, Arkansas, and Missouri... Matthews with 100+ against Missouri, South Carolina, and Mississipppi)
There is a reason scouts value one-on-one matchup tape and analysis so heavily. Physical attributes and production have their place, but in the NFL everyone is bigger and faster, if you can't beat the guy in front of you, you're worthless.
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Apr 21, 2014 at 4:21 PM ]