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

Craig The Missile Dahl
We would have to draft one. With crabs, kap, smith, and iupati all due for extensions, we need to be as frugal as possible. We could ill afford to pay someone outside of these four players big bucks.
IF we don't resign Whitner, yes, I could see a top FS pick. I think with all the 4 and 5 WR sets we seem to play against, we will go with another hard hitting, IQ and very speedy FS with much range back there ala Reid.
[ Edited by NCommand on Jan 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM ]
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Originally posted by NCommand:
IF we don't resign Whitner, yes, I could see a top FS pick. I think with all the 4 and 5 WR sets we seem to play against, we will go with another hard hitting, IQ and very speedy FS with much range back there ala Reid.

With all the 4 and 5 WR sets we seem to play against, we should worry about solid coverage a bit more than hard hitting.
Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by NCommand:
IF we don't resign Whitner, yes, I could see a top FS pick. I think with all the 4 and 5 WR sets we seem to play against, we will go with another hard hitting, IQ and very speedy FS with much range back there ala Reid.

With all the 4 and 5 WR sets we seem to play against, we should worry about solid coverage a bit more than hard hitting.

Truuuuue! 100% agree. Just noting that Reid, even as a FS, can also hit hard as well; best of both worlds! Also, we we draft must be a sure-tackler as well. We're not asking for much here are we? LOL
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Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by NCommand:
IF we don't resign Whitner, yes, I could see a top FS pick. I think with all the 4 and 5 WR sets we seem to play against, we will go with another hard hitting, IQ and very speedy FS with much range back there ala Reid.

With all the 4 and 5 WR sets we seem to play against, we should worry about solid coverage a bit more than hard hitting.

Truuuuue! 100% agree. Just noting that Reid, even as a FS, can also hit hard as well; best of both worlds! Also, we we draft must be a sure-tackler as well. We're not asking for much here are we? LOL

We are asking for.......

Jimmie Ward

Well, I am anyways.
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a rookie.
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Some numbers for Safeties

Craig Loston SS LSU 6-2 205

In 23 games, Craig Loston had 10 passes defended--6 interceptions and 4 passes broken up.

Jonathan Dowling FS/SS Western Kentucky 6-3 198

In 24 games, Dowling had 23 passes defended--9 picks and 14 passes broken up.

Deone Bucannon SS Washington St 6-1 192

In 25 games, he had 15 passes defended--10 picks and 5 passes broken up.


Jimmie Ward SS Northern Illinois 5-11 192

In 27 games, Ward had 31 passes defended--10 picks and 21 passes defended.
[ Edited by buck on Jan 27, 2014 at 12:26 PM ]
Originally posted by buck:
Some numbers for Safeties

Craig Loston SS LSU 6-2 205

In 23 games, Craig Loston had 10 passes defended--6 interceptions and 4 passes broken up.

Jonathan Dowling FS/SS Western Kentucky 6-3 198

In 24 games, Dowling had 23 passes defended--9 picks and 14 passes broken up.

Deone Bucannon SS Washington St 6-1 192

In 25 games, he had 1t passes defended--10 picks and 15 passes broken up.


Jimmie Ward SS Northern Illinois 5-11 192

In 27 games, Ward had 31 passes defended--10 picks and 21 passes defended.

We've had luck with one LSU safety...wonder if Loston could be our guy. He and Reid might be able to draw on some synergies from when they used to play together. Help to offset the destabilizing impact of losing Whitner to FA.
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Originally posted by VinculumJuris:
Originally posted by buck:
Some numbers for Safeties

Craig Loston SS LSU 6-2 205

In 23 games, Craig Loston had 10 passes defended--6 interceptions and 4 passes broken up.

Jonathan Dowling FS/SS Western Kentucky 6-3 198

In 24 games, Dowling had 23 passes defended--9 picks and 14 passes broken up.

Deone Bucannon SS Washington St 6-1 192

In 25 games, he had 1t passes defended--10 picks and 15 passes broken up.


Jimmie Ward SS Northern Illinois 5-11 192

In 27 games, Ward had 31 passes defended--10 picks and 21 passes defended.

We've had luck with one LSU safety...wonder if Loston could be our guy. He and Reid might be able to draw on some synergies from when they used to play together. Help to offset the destabilizing impact of losing Whitner to FA.

I would be worried about his coverage skills.

He only had 10 passes defended over the last two years.
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Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by VinculumJuris:
Originally posted by buck:
Some numbers for Safeties

Craig Loston SS LSU 6-2 205

In 23 games, Craig Loston had 10 passes defended--6 interceptions and 4 passes broken up.

Jonathan Dowling FS/SS Western Kentucky 6-3 198

In 24 games, Dowling had 23 passes defended--9 picks and 14 passes broken up.

Deone Bucannon SS Washington St 6-1 192

In 25 games, he had 1t passes defended--10 picks and 15 passes broken up.


Jimmie Ward SS Northern Illinois 5-11 192

In 27 games, Ward had 31 passes defended--10 picks and 21 passes defended.

We've had luck with one LSU safety...wonder if Loston could be our guy. He and Reid might be able to draw on some synergies from when they used to play together. Help to offset the destabilizing impact of losing Whitner to FA.

I would be worried about his coverage skills.

He only had 10 passes defended over the last two years.

All of those #s need to be taken with a grain of salt.

Loston played in the "vaunted" SEC

Dowling played in the Sun Belt conference

Bucannon played in the PAC-12

Ward played in the MAC conference

....While NFL talent is NFL talent you always need to keep in mind if the level of inferior competition artificially inflated their game or were they on a team that was stacked for their conference, regardless of what it was, that kept them from showcasing their skills more.
[ Edited by sfout on Jan 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM ]
Originally posted by buck:
Some numbers for Safeties

Craig Loston SS LSU 6-2 205

In 23 games, Craig Loston had 10 passes defended--6 interceptions and 4 passes broken up.

Jonathan Dowling FS/SS Western Kentucky 6-3 198

In 24 games, Dowling had 23 passes defended--9 picks and 14 passes broken up.

Deone Bucannon SS Washington St 6-1 192

In 25 games, he had 15 passes defended--10 picks and 5 passes broken up.


Jimmie Ward SS Northern Illinois 5-11 192

In 27 games, Ward had 31 passes defended--10 picks and 21 passes defended.

Loston, Dowling, and Bucannon are all fine physical specimens...Now which one of those fits the bill and has the HEART.
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Telvin Smith FSU or Dion Bailey USC would be good fits for the 49ers imo