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Who will play Strong Safety if Whitner leaves via Free Agency?

I like Whitner, and wouldn't mind having him back. That being said, rookies are cheaper and I wouldn't mind if they traded up for Ha Ha Clinton Dix if he fell to the middle of the first round. It also depends on how much Whitner can command in free agency.
Tough call. It's all about the $$$.

Let's face it, if we had enough cap space he'd be back.
Antone Exum, Pryor, Bernard Pollard, or draft sleeper please!!
Bucannon from Washington State, Loston from LSU, Dixon from Baylor and Sunseri from Alabama are all 6 feet or more with more speed and coverage skills than Whitner has right now. Any of those guys would be great compliments to Reid, they'd cost a lot less and the team would probably be set at safety for years. And all of them are available from the 2nd through the 4th rounds. One of those guys is going to be playing safety along side Reid next season. That's my prediction.
Originally posted by crake49:
Bucannon from Washington State, Loston from LSU, Dixon from Baylor and Sunseri from Alabama are all 6 feet or more with more speed and coverage skills than Whitner has right now. Any of those guys would be great compliments to Reid, they'd cost a lot less and the team would probably be set at safety for years. And all of them are available from the 2nd through the 4th rounds. One of those guys is going to be playing safety along side Reid next season. That's my prediction.

What about that article that came out a few days ago (Lynch?) stating that the SS is like the QB of the secondary - calling plays and getting guys into position. From that article it made it sound like we play a very complex defense where guys are changing coverage even AFTER the ball is snapped.
A rookie SS may be faster, taller and stronger than Whitner but how can we measure a player's mental aptitude in terms of being the 'QB of the secondary''?

I think it was noted before the draft last year that Reid was a cerebral player and a good student of the game, which was highlighted by Whitner's comments on Reid's note taking ability during their meeting sessions and how he takes notes like a veteran.

Is there any info out like that about the safeties we may be looking to draft?
[ Edited by Mertonschickendance on Feb 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM ]
^^^ That's a good question. I don't know enough about the safety prospects to answer. I believe one of them was Reid's team mate in college at LSU and they have some chemistry together already, so that's an interesting prospect.
Kiper's list of top Safeties:

1. Calvin Pryor, Louisville
2. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
3. Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois
4. Deone Bucannon, Washington State
5. Dion Bailey, USC
6. Antone Exum, Virginia Tech
7. Terrence Brooks, Florida State
8. Ahmad Dixon, Baylor
9. Marqueston Huff, Wyoming
10.Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Feb 14, 2014 at 8:01 AM ]
Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Kiper's list of top Safeties:

1. Calvin Pryor, Louisville
2. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
3. Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois
4. Deone Bucannon, Washington State
5. *Dion Bailey, USC
6. Antone Exum, Virginia Tech
7. Terrence Brooks, Florida State
8. Ahmad Dixon, Baylor
9. Marqueston Huff, Wyoming
10. Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State

If Bailey is on the board in a late 3rd. AND the 49ers have are able to use that pick on a DB. He may be a viable option. He's very smart, has good size, but can cover WELL.

But, I believe, he's a late 3rd mid 4th guy that will need to sit for a season. He's better than TJ McDonald who went in the 3rd. He is WAY better in coverage.
^ yes.. really do like Bailey, and would be happy if taken in the late 2nd.
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WTF kind of name is Ha Ha Clinton Dix? Draft that guy for his name.
Originally posted by thl408:
WTF kind of name is Ha Ha Clinton Dix? Draft that guy for his name.

just a nick name, his real name is ha'sean
Originally posted by crabman82:
Originally posted by thl408:
WTF kind of name is Ha Ha Clinton Dix? Draft that guy for his name.

just a nick name, his real name is ha'sean

Ah thanks. I would slap my parents for naming me Ha Ha
Originally posted by thl408:
Originally posted by crabman82:
Originally posted by thl408:
WTF kind of name is Ha Ha Clinton Dix? Draft that guy for his name.

just a nick name, his real name is ha'sean

Ah thanks. I would slap my parents for naming me Ha Ha

they might still desvere a slapping for naming him ha'sean lol
[ Edited by crabman82 on Feb 14, 2014 at 10:32 AM ]
Anyone but Dahl.
Originally posted by thl408:
WTF kind of name is Ha Ha Clinton Dix? Draft that guy for his name.

Or any one of these guys