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Draft Strategy: Offensive Skill Position




I'm about to get unconventional. Hear me out. While I was profiling Terrance Williams the thought occurred to me that it might be a good idea to take wide receivers with our first two picks. I kind of said it flippantly at the time, and it was a flippant thought, but now that I let it breathe... I mean, yeah, its kind of awkward to take a receiver with each of your first two picks. Especially when there seems to be some really good OLB prospects that we could choose from with our first pick. But the more I think about loading up with WRs, the more I like these thoughts.

For one thing, the new age cliche is true, it's a passing league. And while most believe that that benefits QBs (which it does), it benefits them only because it basically makes it illegal to touch WRs. You can't touch them after 5 yards, and you can't hit them near their helmets or strike them in such a way that it might kinda look like you did. Receivers that can make plays down the field or that can run after the catch are extremely valuable in today's NFL.

It seems that Keenan Allen from Cal is widely regarded as the top prospect as of right now. But not even he has been projected as a top 10 talent. While Cordarrelle Patterson seems to be gaining steam (I think he has more upside than Allen), I can't imagine anybody selecting him within the first 8 picks. I personally think that Patterson is going to be big time. His ability to run after the catch is uncanny. Its truly elite. And while many will consider taking him at #9 to be a massive overdraft, I think he will be as impactful as any other player that could be taken there. And we have a dire need to juice up our offense and infuse some pure talent into it. Patterson might be a reach, but he's a fit and he will a difference maker. And then I think we should do it again in round two.

Obviously, I really like Deandre Hopkins and Terrance Williams, as I profiled both. I think both are playmakers. And i think both are fantastic fits in a West Coast offense. I don't think that 3 WRs will be selected in round one, and that we'll be all but guaranteed to have at least one of them available when we make our second round selection. And yes, we should pull the trigger. If there's any position where you should load up on talent in today's NFL, its the wide receiver position. The rules are bent to make it easier for them, and the team with the most talent at the position will be most apt to take advantage of the landscape. We should be that team. We would have the ability to field talent at all positions whether we go 2-wide or 5-wide. Holmes, Kerley, Hill, Patterson, Williams/Hopkins... We could come at teams in waves. And we could absorb injuries. And infusing all that talent has the benefit of pushing Holmes to be at his best, while also making him a nice piece of expendable trade bait since his contract isn't up until 2015.

We load up at receiver for 2013 and if Holmes proves he can't recover from his foot injury, then we cut his ass after the season and save ourselves $8 million bucks. Or if he proves that he can recover and play, then we can trade his ass for picks or for a player that fills a hole somewhere else. Win-win. Or if he's absolutely dynamite, then we look to trade Hill or Kerley. Can't lose.

I also really like the depth of the RB class this year and think we could nab a really good one in round 3. And we should. I haven't heard a peep about the 5-8, 215lbs dynamo Zac Stacy. Which means either everybody loves him and they're trying to keep it top secret, or he'll be there in round 3. If he's there, we better jump all over it because he's th best back in the draft and there's not even a close runner-up. But if he's not available, then Johnathan Franklin or Andre Ellington or Jawan Jamison or LeVeon Bell or Monte Ball would be a very very sweet consolation.

Yeah, under this plan Rex wouldn't get any new toys to juice up the defense with. But hot damn, the offense would be flooded with talent. And Lord knows we need to juice up the offense. And if we go this route, we'll have a young studly corps of receivers with a year of the system under their belts for when we draft the next franchise QB in 2014.

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