Originally posted by OnTheClock:
He's actually 308, but he's strong and very athletic. Entered the draft with a lot of upside and starter potential once coached up for a year, two at the most. Kilgore is a gifted pass protector, that's where he holds up the best. His main developmental needs were in run blocking.
He looked very good in the pre-season, we'll see how he does this year.
I agree with your assessment. I especially liked his footwork in what we saw of him last PS.
I believe the fact the FO let Adam Snyder go without making a serious move to keep him sends the message they think Kilgore is the future. A lot of 49er fans have an over-inflated view of Snyder. The fact he was MUCH better than Rachal does not make him any more than just a journeyman guard in the NFL. He was not able to get movement in the running game against the better DTs in the league and far too often was pushed back in pass protection destroying he front of the pocket and forcing Smith to throw off his back foot or roll out before he had a chance to complete his progression. In short, he was very "average."
Even if Kilgore is slated to be the future on the interior, I still expect to see them take a center/guard in the draft. Goodwin had a better season than some thought but he also got pushed back too often in pass protection. An upgrade at center would not surprise me at all.
Finally, the fact AZ gave Snyder as much as they did tells me how weak their OL really was. If Snyder is starting on that line, it is not going to be a very good one. Of course the other thing might be that the Cardinals thought that by signing Snyder they would be significantly weakening a division rival = wrong.