Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
I abolutely agree, he's a great weapon, as is VD, they need to build the passing offense around those two guys, add pieces to complement what both of them do. In the draft I like Quinton Patton of Louisiana Tech considerably, he's got top WR potential, has been compared to Reggie Wayne, I think he has the tools to be even better than that, he's also a monster after the catch, has terrific quickness and extremely reliable hands, the ideal guy opposite Crabtree. In the slot I think you have to give AJ Jenkins a chance, let him compete with Kyle Williams and possibly a later round draft pick or undrafted free agent, someone with speed, their whole role is to stretch the defense and create matchup problems.
I'd also like to see an upgrade at TE to replace Delanie Walker, a bigger, more traditional type of TE that can expose holes in a defense, a big physical target that is a major threat in the redzone.
I also think that Crabtree can be a terrific threat in the endzone, but Kaepernick really struggles finding the touch in that area of the field, they need to work together a lot more often because Crabtree's been able to get quick separation in the endzone a lot but the passes just haven't gotten where they needed to be.
Nice plan! Scheme/coaching, again can go a long way. I loved how the Raven's used Rice. He started in backfield and at the snap sprinted to a short spot, Flacco hit him in stride and he was off and running for a first down. We never use Gore/Hunter/James like that!
Jenkins in the slot with Williams and even Manningham sounds great. A WCO prototypical WR and TE (modern day 6'6" type) in this passing offense could go a long long long ways.
Remember, we're facing big, taller, physical PED CB's and DB's these days. Crabtree can handle that fairly well and Manningham is lightning off the LOS but having a big, reliable WR in there esp. in those Boldin-on-Rogers moments are critical to moving the chains, getting in the EZ and freeing up the other guys in VD, 2nd TE, Ctabtree, Manningham/Jenkins/Williams and even CK/Gore/Hunter/James.
True, CK and Crabtree need to work on quicker passes in the RZ, timing, running routes IN the EZ, free-lancing, looking to the TE's more, swing passes (WCO staple) and even naked bootlegs. We need some work on 3rd downs and esp. in the RZ!
Get me Dwayne Bowe!
What''s happenin' N? Nice post as always.
Yea, I want Bowe as well on the O side of the ball. Would like it very much as he would give us that prototypical Split-end who would provide a more focused talent than say, Moss. This offense will evolve to utilize the deep ball more effectively and that's scary. Give Kap an entire off-season to build around his WRs n Davis, and he could do amazing things next year especially with a Bowe-type player.
The other player we need badly is that true Zero-tech fatty. As I mentioned in another post, FA doesn't have any I think. There is Seymour and Starks, but both are more 5-Techs. I believe we can go cheaper n draft one of three NTs where we pick: Johnathon Hankins, Jessie Williams and my favorite, John Jenkins. All three have played the 5-Tech as well giving us more versatility along the DL. We know how much this team covets versatile players so we have some new options in April without having to jump all the way up to land a Star while selling the entire farm.
Beside the NT, we need an upgrade in our CBs in all spots. We need that #1 corner to replace Rogers on 1st n 2nd downs n have a competition between Cox and Rogers for Slot. Revis may be too much to have, but Smith in Miami seems like he would be a fine addition to this squad. I see that there could be some CBs in the draft to mold, but we need immediate upgrades. Can't wait for development, IMO.
In addition, we need a Kicker and I like the kid from Florida St. I thought the punter for Ok. St. is also a kicker, Quinn Sharp. I think he's under the radar as a kicker, but he did both at Ok. St. this year. Again, versatility just in case something happens to A. Lee, God forbid! I liked how both these guys did this year n both seem to be had in the late rounds starting with the late 5th or early 6th.
And besides those three, we need more depth especially at DE, OLB and WR....maybe C, too. The draft would be a great place to stock up on some talent for depth since we have 14 picks.
We have such a strong core to continue getting back to the Super Bowl. We just have to shore up our weaknesses, get the new guys acclimated and drive toward the #Quest4Six again.