Originally Posted by Clockwork Orange
No one at safety appears to be thought of highly enough to warrant top 10-15 consideration right now (granted, it's way early). Jason Allen from Tennessee and Darnell Bing from USC are the highest rated guys at the position right now, but neither smacks of someone that anyone would consider dropping a top 10 pick on.
Thankfully this draft is one that's rich in offensive tackles & defensive linemen.
SoCal, you don't think that Jimmy Williams, Antonio Cromartie or Devin Hester will catch Shanahan's eye?
Assuming the Skins pick is in the Top 10 i dont think Shanny would go for either of those guys because right now i dont think any of them are top 10 caliber. Hester has top 10 pure athletic talent but he is a very slow learner. First they tried to get him out there as a WR and when he got the ball he was electric but he had a hard time getting the position down. Then last year they put him at corner and just on pure playmaking ability he snagged like 2 or 3 INT in limited duty as the nickel and sometimes dime corner, but he is so far behind so far as being a polished cornerback, he is very raw. This spring even though he is the most talented player on the team he didnt lock down the starting corner spot because his technique failed to improve as much as hoped. He's a guy who when the light turns on, he will be all world and still makes all world plays just on pure talent, but i dont think he is top 10 worthy at this point and i dont think Shanny would take him anyway, because Shanny would ordinarily reason that if it takes awhile for him to get up to speed at corner besides using just athleticism, we can still take advantage of his all world return skills. But with Darrent Williams selected with a 2nd round pick, the argument doesnt work. Cromartie is the closest of these guys to being top 10 worthy. He is skilled and polished. He is a very good corner but not an elite franchise shutdown corner. He is a playmaker and is usually solid but not one of those super blue chip CBs. He is definitely a first rounder and prolly in the top half of the round but not in the top 10 i dont think. Williams is a first rounder but no way a top 10 guy, so i dont think Shanny would go for these guys even though he likes reaching for corners because he is usually more sane in the even numbered drafts and he knows he already stocked up on corners last year and needs to spread the valuable picks around so far as positions on the team. I think he knows that we have already pumped in alot of high picks and money in the back seven in particular on defense, and he knows he has to spread the resources around sooner or later or its a recipe for disaster.
Next year we have to invest real money and high picks on both sides of the line. Outside of Foster, i cannot think of one OL or DL in the last three years which we have spent even a first day selection on. The last guy on either side of the ball we spent a first day pick on, on either side of the line was Dorsett Davis and even there it was a 3rd round pick. We need a proper investment in the trenches. The money has to balance out. If you dont put value in, you cant expect value back. Now i know we have tried and failed a few times in the FA market on the DL, but still when you think of it, at the end of the day, we didnt lose alot in the process. We lost 3 million to IHOP and a couple million to Jelly Dalton. Nothing invested prohibitively restricts us for the future so the funds should be there. Maybe if we cannot hit on FA DL than we should try at selecting DL in the draft in Rounds 1 and 2.