OK. I know that many people have projected our largest needs to be corner and wideout. I think somehow we were supposed to make a splash and after the 2nd day of the draft this got me thinking about how I think we've all been misled by the media. This could be about alot of positions becaues this fact is true about our team. OUR ROSTER IS BASICALLY SET. I mean seriously. Is anyone going to come in and suplant Crabtree and Boldin at wideout? It will be a pleasant suprise if Kilgore is bested at center. The only reason we are talking linebacker is because Bowman is currently hurt. The DB position is a "concern" but hardly one we haven't addressed but I will save that for other threads. We can find corners in the late rounds.
Back to the wideouts. Let's face it. We have a VERY VERY strong 1-2 punch at wide receiver. Yes we want that third guy to stretch the field BUT!! I think we keep forgetting two things.
FIRST, and most important, is how dangerous we are out of a tow TE set. Davis is the the third guy who can stretch the field deep. To be honest if I was Roman I'd be working very hard to start using McDonald more as an underneath route runner who can expose who ever is left to cover him after you get Davis Deep, put a big dude on Boldin, and find a guy to hang with Crabs. Really if Kaep continues to improve his route progressions we can start carving teams up with the talent we have.
SECOND, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT FINDING OUR #3 option at wide reciever. Crabtree and Boldin are locks to start and they will give teams fits. Let's look at what we have. If we want to spread the field we can do it. Also we have basically admitted we suck at scouting recievers and filled the gaps with FA.
1-Baldwin, Jon,WR 6-4, 230, 24, 4 yrs (Clearly this is Boldin's back up if we keep him on the team.) But maybe we go with a bruising set.
2-Jacobs, Chuck,WR, 6-0,178, 23, 1 yrs. (I have no idea. Practice body?)
3-Johnson, StevieWR, 6-2, 207, 27, 7yrs (This kid was the real deal fot three straight years. If the coaches can get him, I mean honestly if he plays to his potential he has already shown was there a better option in the draft?)
4-Lloyd, Brandon, WR, 6-0 200, 32, 11 yrs (OMG, I mean sure we remember the duck. But this guy is competing with Stevie Johnson for PT. And he will be matched up against weaker corners and can make catches others can't. He's a good red zone threat, and though slow does force you to cover him deep given his ability to compete for the ball.
5-Osgood, Kassim, WR, 6-5, 220, 33 12 (ST Ace. But can contribute in the passing game. I mean as the 4th wideout he presents and interesting option for teams who don't have corners to cover a 6-5 dude.
6-Patton, Quinton, WR6-0, 204, 23, 2 yrs. (This kid has shown flashes but was hurt. I think he will make a serious press to be the #3 wideout.)
7- Reed, David, WR6-0, 190, 27, 5yrs (Camp body)
8- Sampson, DeMarco, WR, 6-2, 204, 28 2yrs (Camp Body)
9-Wylie, Devon, WR, 5-9, 187, 25 3 (Practice squad punt returner?)
I mean seriously. It boggles the mind why we would waste a high pick on a wideout right now. We have 11 guys on the roster. It is unlikely we keep 7. Will we even keep 6?
Let's assume two things:
1- Jacobs, Reed, Sampson, Wylie, and Baldwin are not on the roster by the Dallas game. Baldwni is the only one in this group with a shot.
2-Crabtree and Boldin are locks to start. Osgood will make the team as a ST.
That leaves Patton, Lloyd, and Johnson. If we keep 6 there it is. I mean that is a heck of a 6 wideout set. Johnson is not Old and Patton is young. All three of tgese players have a huge upside. Only Lloyd and Johnson need to learn the offense. Really the only question is can Roman and Morton can get something done with the guys we have. There is talent on the depth chart behind Crabs and Boldin. We just don't get the most out of it.
To be honest if we really want to make an upgrade at the wideout position we need to invest in a replacement for Johnny Morton. We never seem to get the most out of this group. Especially our younger guys.