Originally posted by 49erThrowback:
Originally posted by MadDog49er:
This article screams Red Flags over this player. We've been down the "we're not sure where he is going to play, but we will put him somewhere on the field" road far too many times.
Bad value with the seventh overall. When you draft a guy in that slot, you should be saying (at least internally), "he will be starting at the _________ position from Day One, and will be the starter there for a long time". That is what we did last year with Iupati and Davis. There was no uncertaintly where they would line up.
Smith is a Niner and I wish him the best. But, this is a terrible gamble for a team that is desperate to get to .500 and beyond. This pick came only two selections after Patrick Peterson. Yikes!!!
We played this game very poorly.
We'll see. If Vic Fangio's defensive playbook turns out to be anything like Dom Capers', Aldon Smith could be playing any one of the front six positions. And another on the next play. Interestingly, this is how the Tigers used him, and I have to wonder whether that was particularly attractive to Fangio, assuming he doesn't want his defense to be as limited and predictable -- and ineffective -- as Jimmy Raye's offense was.
EDIT: I don't recall the details from all the draft threads, but whom would you have chosen at #7, if you couldn't trade the pick away and you weren't able to make a trade for a pick above Arizona's?
We will see. I'm just skeptical of these picks where we don't have a specific spot or role for him clearly defined.
As for the 7th overall, in my draft review, I stated that the Niners needed to make a bold move to secure Patrick Peterson, even if it meant sacrificing their 3rd and one of their 4ths this year and maybe future compensation. He was the star of this draft, and the difference in value between him and Smith is not really two picks (as it turned out on Draft Thursday), it is more like a half round. Peterson also solves the greatest deficiency in terms of a roster spot and dollars and cents for this squad (Clements is on the down side of the career with huge cap numbers in the future).
Since we are not dealing with the hypothetical of trading up, my choice would have come down to JJ Watt or Blaine Gabbert. I would leave the idea to Harbaugh, as to whether he believes he can transform Alex Smith into a solid starting QB in the NFL. For a deeper review of my thoughts on both Gabbert and Watt, please refer to some of the comments I made in the Draft Forum.