Originally posted by mkmasn:
And my point is, when someone is asked to focus on something, like block, or in Aldon Smith's case, rush the passer, production in other areas drops. A prime example is Vernon Davis when we played under Mike Martz's scheme. Martz used him as a blocker and when it was time to pass it to him, he would drop the ball.
Next year, Aldon Smith will be asked to be a more complete linebacker, so his production in sacks will most likely drop (I hope not).
When you are talking about a player as athletic as Walker, who can line up as TE, WR, FB, OL, and wherever else you want to put him, why would you replace him just because he gets 200 yds. The Giants game was a prime example of what can happen when the coaches choose to use him as a receiving threat (6 catches, 96 yds).
His contract is not expensive, he doesn't cause issues off the field or in the locker room, he's got the team first mindset, and he's a vet who has seen thick and thin with this team. Why draft Fleener or pickup another guy and get rid of Walker, when you could draft Fleener and keep Walker.
I still don't think we should draft Fleener, though, I'm thinking OL or LB (there's going to be 4 or five guys right at the spot for OL, and we all know Baalke won't hesitate to grab a guy slated to go later for another LB... I think Brooks is going to share time on the other side just like we did with Aldon), but we are in a position to pick whoever is on the board at the time.
It's because when he is not blocking, he's only a 6' receiver/target. We can get a much taller player that can block just as well AND be a better receiving target.