So, Leon Washington has been a popular topic over the last few weeks, with many differing opinions on what to do here. Well, Adam Schein reported that the 49ers are preparing an offer for Washington in the next couple days. My question is, what do we do?
Leon is wonderful, he is dynamic, and we all love him, I know, but that broken leg is worrisome, and it seems like more and more smallish yet explosive and elusive running backs have been coming into the league in the middle rounds in the last 5 years. We have Leon, we have Jamaal Charles, Sproles, Slaton, Bradshaw, Choice, Mccoy, Forsett, etc. It seems like there are 2 or 3 guys like this available in the 3rd and 4th rounds every year. While I love Leon, I would have to let him walk for a 2nd round pick in this draft. I would then sign a guy like Kevin Faulk for a year, a smart veteran who is a great receiving threat and also a capable runner, and has been on winning teams. The last 4 years, Faulk has rushed for 1230 yards (5.3 yards per carry), and he has also caught 185 passes for 1526 yards over that same span. I feel like he could step in and fill Leon's shoes for a year, until we can draft another scat back type next year.
Regrettably, I would let Leon go, and take the pick. When you combine the uncertainty after his injury, with the depth of this draft class, I wouldn't be able to pass this up. We could pick either a S/OLB/DE in the first, and adding another pick about 12 spots higher then our own second rounder, would greatly improve our chances of drafting at least of one Shipley or Gerhart.