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Watch the Miami game and tell me we don't need a top RT.
I mean, that's not really responsive to most of my comment. I do agree that we should address OT. But I also don't think we have to get one in the right away. I don't think we should get one in the first, as I agree with the people who don't want to over pay for an RT.
Snyder would be a serviceable starter. Does that mean we shouldn't draft an RT in the second to replace him? No, that is definitely an option. But its not a must.
Keep in mind, we should always draft the BPA. My mock reflects the fact that I feel Barwin could be a potential first round pick given more than a year of defensive experience.
I would be pretty comfortable coming into next season with this Oline: Snyder, Staley, Simms, Watkins, Baas, Rachel, Wragge, Rookie OG, Heitmann and Wallace.
That line includes 6 players drafted in the first four rounds. Our line didn't suck last season due to a lack of talent. We really do have a lot of talent on the Oline. A lot of our problems last season were caused by the scheme Martz ran. We all know Simms should have been given more help in the Dolphins game. You cant expect to contain the 8th best passrushing team with the scheme Martz ran.
Something else to consider in the Dolphins game was the complete lack of pressure the Niners D had on Pennington...
1 - Matt Stafford
2 - Eugene Monroe
3 - Aaron Curry
4 - Andre Smith
5 - Michael Crabtree
6 - BJ Raji
7 - Brian Orakpo
8 - Michael Oher
9 - Everettte Brown
10 - Mark Sanchez
I think the team would be happy to get any one of those guys...Sanchez being a sort of last option at #10 if all the other guys are gone, but not a bad one. Any one of those guys other than the QBs and Crabtree would either help the team get bigger/better in the trenches or improve the pass rush which are continuing needs for this team.
I still want CB Malcolm Jenkins the most and im surprised he's not on your top ten. Sanchez, Crabtree and Stafford shouldnt even be mentioned for us period. It looks like a repeat of 2005 in regards to QB's in my opinion. The rest I agree with but not exactly in that order but Jenkins should be in there. If Jenkins is there at 10, we should definitely draft him and then draft an OT in the 2nd round since the position is deep where as after Jenkins, the quality drops off badly.
Originally posted by FrankGore
Free agency targets:
1. OJ Atogwe - I have a feeling he'll be an early target for us. I'd like to give Goldson and Smith an opportunity to duke it out but when a ballhawk like this is available, and we have the money, it's hard to pass. Smith can remain at corner and Goldson can be a platoon guy.
2. Vernon Carey - We'll give it a shot, but the money may be out of our desired range. Someone may ask him to play left tackle and pay him accordingly.
3. A fullback. I'm having a hard time deciding whether the team should go with an older, pure power blocking FB (Neal, Richardson) or a younger guy who can also tote the ball (Weaver). Weaver would be a good guy to give a few carries...Rathman may help him actually. That'd be a fine signing. It killed me when he burned us for two huge TDs last year.
4. Mark Tauscher - Not the best long term option at RT, but a good enough one to play well for a couple years until we can groom another solution. This would free us up to take Raji or a pass rusher in the early 1st.
I think that's about it for realistic, good targets for me. The team doesn't need to do a ton in FA. Just a few smart moves here and there and then get whatever they still need in the draft.
Instead of signing O.J., I would much rather see Reggie Smith moved to and start at FS because thats what his long term position will be. Carey wouldnt be bad but if we're going to pay him close to what Gross will most likely get, mine as well just go after Gross and I have no interest in Tauscher. FB wise, I wouldnt complain about Weaver whatsoever but regardless of who our starting FB will be in 2009, he sure as hell cant be worse than Keasey. UGH.
The 49ers made their first offseason moves under head coach Mike Singletary and released linebacker Tully Banta-Cain and safety Keith Lewis. Banta-Cain came to the 49ers as a free agent a couple of seasons ago. Lewis was a sixth-round pick of the 49ers in 2004. Their releases save the 49ers $2.275 million of cap room.
The other somewhat noteworthy part of the article form the link above:
"New home for QB: Bruce Gradkowski, who was released by the Cleveland Browns Monday, wasn't out of work very long. The Raiders and 49ers each put in waiver claims on him, and on Tuesday he was awarded to the Raiders. Gradkowski, who has started game when he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was signed by the Browns late last season when Brady Quinn was hurt."
This is in the highly hypothetical situation that all those other guys are gone.
Mathematically speaking, at least ONE, if not TWO of those guys would have to remain if you add Jenkins to the mix, because the list would be 11 guys, and the Niners have the 10th pick. Just thought I'd point that out. ;)
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