Originally posted by oldninerdude:
So NC, how does the signing of Cam Morrah affect team needs? Is he a replacement for Delanie Walker? They have similar builds. Morrah is a great athlete and was highly ranked coming out of high school.
So if you take a guy 6'3" 250 lbs with good speed, blocking skills, and hands, and put him into similar roles as Delanie filled--TE, H Back, WR, FB, etc., will he have a similar impact? Round peg in a round hole?
How will this affect the draft? Is TE now a lesser need--4th or 5th round prospect instead of 2nd or 3rd? Will they still look for a guy who's a bigger red zone target?
I really like this signing--especially since he's a Cal guy. Golden Bears!
These are some of the questions I raise as well esp. after many of comments Baalke made yesterday. Of all the interviews, HE is one interview that I listen to very closely b/c he has telegraphed some things to me in the past (e.g. Aldon Smith). Other things that help to decipher this code that is pre-draft predictions are related to players and esp. positions we host, interview, watch workouts, etc.
So to your question, this could be another DW (hopefully with better hands and concentration). That said, I still believe we'll end up taking a very tall 6'7" RZ threat as well. B/c the bottom line is, if VD goes down, that's a critical piece to our entire offense. Also, with our "Stanford offense" two TE's are used and used a lot as we've seen with VD and DW. But if we add a dynamic threat, both out of the Q in the backfield together, one at the LOS the other out wide, both at the LOS, etc. Roman will have endless "formations" to use and we all know how big he is on creating confusion and mismatches with formations. So, in short, I still think we pick a higher TE, probably a 3rd round pick or later...Kelce (6'5") or Toilolo (6'8")? Then again, they could go for Ertz (6'5") if he falls as well (ala Fleener) and go DE and FS later?
Either way this is more competition.
According to AB:
1 Tyler Eifert*, Notre Dame
2 Zach Ertz*, Stanford
3 Gavin Escobar*, San Diego State
4 Dion Sims*, Michigan State
5 Travis Kelce, Cincinnati
6 Vance McDonald, Rice
7 Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard
8 Levine Toilolo*, Stanford
9 Chris Gragg, Arkansas
10 Jordan Reed*, Florida
11 Ryan Otten, San Jose State
12 Nick Kasa, Colorado
13 Joseph Fauria, UCLA
14 Michael Williams, Alabama
15 Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State
[ Edited by NCommand on Apr 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM ]