Since blind sheep were part of the last thread, this seems like a natural progression.
Out here on the field, I fight for my deal
I get my back into my living
I don’t need to fight to prove I’m right
I don’t need to be forgiven
Don’t cry, don’t raise your eyes
It’s only Niner wasteland
Kappy, take my hand, travel south crossland
Put out the fire don’t look past my shoulder
The exodus is here, the happy ones are near
Let’s get together before we get much older
Sounds good to me. So, we’ve figured out the passing game needs some tweaking, we’ve solved the issues around signing Kaepernick and Harbaugh. Bargain deals. So, the next thing to figger out is the draft. Still waiting on Whitner, but that will be figured out soon enough.
Despite Harbaugh’s posturing (or not) of ‘let’s sign ’em all!’ that isn’t likely. Whitner is the highest profile guy who they apparently want back. Rogers is as good as gone as nothing is swirling around him. Whitner however had a strong year last year. Mainly helped by the presence of rookie Eric Reid. The substitute free safety who came in and outplayed his predecessor Dashon (PF) Goldson by a wide margin. Irregardless of Goldson’s pro-bowl status, Goldson was often out of position, and thus let things get over the top on him. Which forced Whitner to cover for Goldson and get himself out of position. His propensity to jump routes, take bad angles, and get toasted led to some early playoff deficits in the aborted Super Bowl run in 2012.
Anyhow, I’d think the Niners would try to get Whitner back, as they have big concerns at CB, and I’d think they’d like a vet presence calling the coverages back there if they are thinkning about using a rook or 2 in coverage. With Culliver a ? after his knee injury, Rogers heading out of Dodge, Tarell Brown unsigned (as of now), the only guy proven is Tremaine Brock. He of the recent contract extension. COX, Wright, Swanson, and Morris are all untested or perennial backups. I don’t see Wright hanging around anyway, and the thought of Craig Dahl taking over for Donte Whitner is something I can’t explain.
So, who looks good at corner? We’ve gone over some guys I like. Stanley Jean-Baptiste is one. Big, strong, and fast. A guy like Loucheiz Purifoy may be around in the 2nd round, although his stock is rising. He may end up going late 1st. He’s very fast and physical, but isn’t a tweener like the 49ers seem to like. Keith McGill, the CB from Utah has the size and speed that the Niners might go for. He’s 6-3, 214. 4.5ish 40s.
An intriguing small-school guy to be had in the later rounds is Walt Aikens from Liberty College in Va. 6′ 0″ and 205, he’s faster than the other bigger CBs. Maybe a 4th round sleeper.
What do y’all think? Put down your squeeze box and lemme know. I’m getting the Summertime Blues and it ain’t even springtime.