Originally posted by Howlett49:
Fleener would be great! But TE isn't as pressing of a need as you make it out to be. If it makes you feel better the 49ers have drafted a TE in the last several drafts, other than last year, so look for another TE draft pick this year.
TE might not be a need, but red-zone scoring and improved 3rd down conversion rate is, if Fleener helps with both of those, who gives a f**k what position he plays? Being able to put out 2 #1 TE's on the field with one of them being a 6'6" target with terrific hands and leaping ability makes life a nightmare for the defense and makes life a hell of a lot easier for a QB who hates to throw into tight windows and routinely overthrows his under-sized receivers. I don't see any WR being picked in the draft ending up as the #1 or #2 guy right off the bat, so their playing time will be limited from the get-go.
Meanwhile, a guy like Fleener will be out there in every 2-TE set and can even split outside and play WR. Much more ready to contribute, a very important thing for a team that was on the cusp of the Super Bowl. Take a flyer on a WR in Rounds 3-5, there's a s**tload of them out there.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Mar 21, 2012 at 2:42 PM ]