Originally posted by oldninerdude:
Originally posted by NCommand:
I share those concerns as well. I really wanted Fleener for the reasons you suggest and was surprised by the selection of Jenkins. LMJ also was a surprise at first, but his production in college might suggest that he was the BPA.
The only concerns I had with the draft was that we didn't draft Fleener over Jenkins (we saw what Graham did against us with the Saints); he is a guy who I felt could come in paired with VD and dominate the middle of the field, be key on 3rd downs and be an ideal target in the RZ. I knew we'd draft a RB high but felt LMJ is almost identical to Hunter and felt we didn't use Hunter enough like a Sproles last year. He was VERY successful every time he touched the ball and had a great skill set (including blitz pick up). But I knew with Gore, we'd get one high and perhaps these two are our future RB's. The other concern was that if we planned to have Boone transition to RG, why not draft a T or pick one up in FA? On this team in particular, injuries are inevitable esp. for Staley. We also didn't draft a two-gapper NT (not as big of an issue) but RJF struggled when Sopoaga was out and Williams is an unknown.
We'll see how it all pans out but the rest of the off season moves and draft were fantastic.
I disagree about Boone tho. I don't believe they initially considered him for a switch to RG. I believe they had faith, and still have faith, in Kilgore. Boone himself is responsible for his switch to RG, imho. He just wants on the field, and when he came forward the coaches thought, "Why not?" Whether he wins the starter's role is yet to be determined.
Yeah, I still had no issues with drafting LMJ but was, like you, more surprised given we already had a similar back...but re: playmakers, we seem to be looking for smaller, quicker and faster guys and let's face it, the guy i s dynamic so he and Hunter could end up being our immediate future too and be very dynamic together.
I think you are totally correct about this. I think the coaches felt very comfortable knowing Boone was our swing T and could even start, if needed, at LT which is critical to any offense, esp. ours. And then yeah, something happened and they thought to give it a go. I agree, why not. He gets the veteran courtesy tryout (even outside the original plan) and if he wins it AND shows more upside than Kilgore/Looney, more power to him! Truly. It's not a bad problem to have! But like you noted, we may still end up being the swing T and Kilgore/Looney starting at RG. And we still may end up picking up a veteran FA T too for insurance reasons or we already feel comfortable with Person there (unlikely).