Originally posted by pwillis52beasty:
Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
Originally posted by CorvaNinerFan:
The problem I have with taking Cooks (or even Beckham) in the 1st rd is neither guy is a valid replacement for Crabtree. With studs like Matthews, Adams & Latimer available, seems to me it's Baalke's highest WR priority to get one of 'em. I have no issues with adding speed to the receiving corps...but your draft ended up with just Cooks to beef up that group...and it's simply not enough. I'd have him taking one of the three bigger WR's above and grabbing Ellington...who's a baller and has the KR skills, too. BL: This is the draft Baalke must get a WR who can continue the Crabtree productivity. The speed element is great, but in the NFC West, you'd better have some big & fast WR's. He'll have to find another one either next year or in FA to replace Boldin.
I love every receiver you named, but its senseless to take another big receiver. We need an element that is missing, which is homerun speed. You can get it with Cooks or Beckham or another speed receiver later. But it is an absolute must. If we draft Matthews, he isn't playing this year with Crabtree, Boldin, and Patton ahead of him. Anyone wanting us to draft a receiver in that mold should be prepared to have him sit. Matthews (my favorite in the draft BTW) would place even less than LaMichael James on offense. If we had the room on the roster AND picked up speed guys, I honestly wouldn't mind because we'd have a future starter. But I don't think most 49ers fans will be that patient.
Exactly. If you go with a guy like Matthews, Robinson, Adams, Benjamin, they probably won't play much at all and are more of picks for the future to replace Boldin and/or Crabtree. Cooks comes in right away as the #3 who can work the slot and take the top off the defense.
I like Cooks a lot and mocked him to the Niners before the combine. He is the type of receiver that has given Seattle problems, can score from anywhere on the field, and could start if needed.
But imo Cooks vs some of the other receivers who are seen as possession types is not a slam dunk proposition. Last year with Crabtree and Patton out of action we could have used players like Keenan Allen or Terrence Williams, especially against the Saints and the Panthers.
As far as drafting Crabtree's replacement, it would be a sound move but not totally necessary as we might re-sign him or if we don't we could use the money we were willing to pay him on another receiver.
I'd be very happy if the draft turned out like this.
[ Edited by Needle on May 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM ]