The time is finally here! The 2012 NFL Draft will be underway in less than 24 hours in New York City. This is the event that gives NFL fans hope for their respective teams in the upcoming NFL season. Many big names are in this year’s draft, headlined by quarterbacks Andrew Luck from Stanford and Robert Griffin III from Baylor. Luck and Griffin will undoubtedly go one and two in the draft, it is the rest of the draft that is undetermined. Pick number 30 is what I am mostly interested about because that is where my beloved San Francisco 49ers will be selecting. For weeks now I have been raving that the Niners should select Stanford TE Coby Fleener with their first round pick. But sadly that might not be the case.
Fleener make sense because the Niners lacked offensive fire power last season and the signings of WR Randy Moss and WR Mario Manningham will not be enough to fill the void in a struggling offense. Manningham should help in key third down conversions, but I predict the Moss experiment will inevitably fail. Fleener will be prefect in the Niners offense for the simple fact that head coach Jim Harbaugh loves to use multiple tight ends in his offense and Fleener started his college career playing for Harbaugh in Stanford. Let’s not forget TE Vernon Davis is not going to be young forever and TE Delanie Walker is in his final year of his contract. Thus far the only other team looking to select Fleener is the Houston Texans at pick number 26.
Even if Fleener is available for the Niners, it is looking more and more that they will select a guard with their first round pick. The Niners are very thin at the right guard position after the departures of guards Adam Snyder and Chilo Rachal. In all fairness is does make sense to fill in a need at guard with the first round pick, but from
what I know it is a very deep guard class in this year’s draft. It is very conceivable that a high quality guard can be found in the second round. I really feel that the Niners are one of two explosive offensive players away from making a Super Bowl trip, if we let a player like Fleener get away, then the Niners are basically right back from where they were last year in their offense. Manningham would be our only upgrade on offense, since I do not trust Moss.
I trust that the Niners will make the right picks during the draft. I will keep my fingers crossed that the Niners will do what they have to and make the offense more explosive for the 2012 season. Guards Kevin Zeitler from Wisconsin and Amini Silatolu from Midwestern State are the likely candidates to become the thirtieth pick for San Fran. I really hope Fleener sneaks in there because I will start doing back flips if he does. GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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