IF I WAS
TERRY DONAHUE PART III:
April, 01 2002
Clubhouse Writer and Draft Analyst
Hi Niner fans,
Well it’s getting closer to that
time of year again, the draft. Last season I started the ‘If I was Bill
Walsh’ column, basically saying who I’d draft if I was GM of the 49ers.
Well Bill’s not the GM any more, and Terry’s got the job, so this year
I’m the new Terry Donahue. As the weeks narrow down to the two big days,
I’ll hopefully update this a couple of times, depending on Free Agent signings
and draft trades etc. I would also like to hear your comments on the 49ers
Clubhouse Message Board, or drop me an E-Mail if you have a question.
Round 1 Pick 27
S Washington St.
I’d actually trade down to very
early second round to pick up Thompson, but I’m not looking at trades.
Time to start afresh at S. And, as
hard as it is to say, forget Lance Shulters. I’d love nothing more than
to sign Lance, and pick up a nice big OG here, but Lance is of to Tennessee,
and the 49ers have lost a great S. Instead of wasting money on a veteran
S, I’d buy a big time DT to move BY to DE, and I’d keep Ray Brown for one
more season. Yes, he’s soon to be 40, but he just made the Pro Bowl at
39. But back to Thompson, he covers passes (helps with St Louis) stops
the run (helps with St Louis again!). Has had a bad neck injury, but looked
to be over that senior season. Will start from day 1.
Round 2 Pick 28
CB Ohio St. JUNIOR
I like my CB’s to be over 6 foot.
Why? Well with WR’s now 6’4” (Randy Moss, Keyshawn Johnson as two examples)
a guy 5’9” is not only 7 inches smaller, but would have arms about 5 inches
smaller, and chances are, a smaller vertical leap. In the end you could
be looking at a foot and a bit difference when the ball is up there. Now
why Ross? Firstly he’s from Ohio St., a college who produces amazing CB’s,
so he’s had great coaching. Next the niners need a starting CB to go along
with Plummer, Webster could then be moved to a nickel, making the niners
backfield one that could match up with the Rams, and for the 49ers, the
road to success goes through St Louis.
Round 4 Pick
I can see half of you thinking ‘oh
my god, why am I reading this’, well hear me out. I am sick and tired of
seeing the niners have second-rate kickers and punters just to save a buck.
Lets face it, a decent K IS the difference between a Super Bowl win and
a wasted season. Ask New England, thanks to Adam Vinatieri, the Patriots
won the AFC Championship game in OT, and who could forget Vinatieri’s Super
Bowl winning kick? Look at the four conference championship teams, Oakland,
Sebastian Janikowski, New England, Adam Vinatieri, St Louis Jeff Wilkins
and Philadelphia’s David Akers. All are reliable, and I’d trust them when
the game is on the line. Now, Jose Cortez I don’t want back, he started
well, but was a joke at the end. It’s time to stop being cheap and draft
a K that we will keep for more than a season. Dorsch can also punt, so
if the rookie free agent that I’d pick up after the draft fails, he could
even be tried there. By the way, next years draft will be time to draft
Round 5 Pick
OG Wake Forest
The guy to sit behind Ray Brown
for a season and let him learn the ropes, then throw him in the deep end
in 2003 and start. He is suited to a West Coast offense, and can also play
OT if needed. But the 49ers need something to look forward to in the future
along the OL, other than Newberry, and Collins could be it.
Round 6 Pick
WR Air Force
A big receiver at 6’4”, and Streets
and Stokes aren’t pulling their weight. Oh, seeing I’m GM, JJ Stokes, you’re
released!!! Streets to start with TO, and Flemming and Cedrick Wilson can
be rotated around for 3 WR sets. A Free Agent would also help here if Wilson
and Flemming aren’t up to it.
Round 7 Pick
No depth at LB, and depth is desperately
needed, especially seeing Alex Lincoln’s future is still in question.
Tell us what
you think on the new 49ers
Clubhouse message board.