Rotoworld:"Neither showed the kind of technique NFL evaluators want to see..."Quote:
SMU senior DE Margus Hunt recorded three tackles for loss, including two sacks, to go along with two forced fumbles during the team's bowl win.
Both of Hunt's sacks came on the left side, the first as a defensive end in a three man front, beating the right tackle to the edge while running around the corner. The second was at three technique defensive tackle in a two man front, and Hunt split the gap with a rip to force the sack. Neither showed the kind of technique NFL evaluators want to see, but Hunt certainly possesses the size and frame to be selected during the draft's second day.
"Possesses the size and frame to be selected during the draft's second day."
Second Day = Second round, like I said.
I'm still on the move for Richardson bandwagon, but I just really like the raw pure skill this Hunt kid seems to have.
As of now my mock is.....
1. Xavier Rhodes CB Florida St.
2. Margus Hunt DE/DT SMU
3. Jordan Reed TE Florida
3. Da'rick Rogers WR Tennessee Tech
3. Tyrann Mathieu CB/PR LSU
4. Brandon Williams NT Missouri Southern
5. Kyle Long OG/OT Oregon
5. Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina
6. Dustin Hopkins K Florida St.
6. Michael Mauti OLB/ILB Penn St.
7. Marquess Wilson WR Washington St.
Look out, the Rutgers homer may pop back up this year lolQuote:
Rutgers' junior CB Logan Ryan announced that will declare for the NFL Draft.
Ryan is a physical man corner who does not mind disrupting targets at the catch point. Add in that the junior is not afraid to close aggressively on the edge and Ryan is a likely top-64 selection.
With the 49ers current cap situation, I thought I'd try to get some conversation going in this thread by listing certain players that could be options to be cut to save cap space:
1) Alex Smith- This one has already been discussed to death. If cut prior to March 1st, total cap savings = $8.75 mil [amount that can't be recovered = $1 mil]
2) Parys Haralson- If cut before March 1st, total cap savings = $2.67 mil [amount that can't be recovered = $200k]; if cut later, total cap savings = $2.57 mil
3) David Akers - It doesn't matter when he is cut since he doesn't get a roster bonus. Total cap savings = $3.05 mil [amount that can't be recovered = $567k]
Others to consider:
4) Jonathan Goodwin - Goodwin has had a pretty decent year, but not anything that has been outstanding or irreplaceable. The team has traded up for interior linemen in the last 2 drafts and has a plethora of picks this year. It would be interesting to see if Harbaugh/Baalke have enough faith in the younger players. If Goodwin is cut at any time prior to the 2013 season, total cap savings = $4.35 mil [amount that can't be recovered = $667k]
5) Mario Manningham - This one will be extremely unpopular with the fan base and I'm not sure myself whether or not I'd want to do it. But hear out the rationale. Mario Manningham played very well for us this year, however, he sustained a torn ACL and PCL late in the season. It is very questionable whether or not he will be ready to go for the start of the 2013 season and even if he is, it is unclear how effective he will be. People will point to Adrian Peterson to argue against this, but Adrian Peterson is the exception, not the rule. Most players coming off of late season ACL injuries are not effective the year following their return. Perhaps the team can cut their ties with Manningham and free up some space to bring back Moss plus draft a WR or 2. If Manningham is cut prior to March 1st, total cap savings = $3.95 mil.
***Keep in mind that the 49ers will be less than half a mil from the cap and will still need to fit Goldson, the rookie contracts, and a few budget free agents. The following players are not under contract and perhaps the 49ers will want to bring back any of them cheaply: Randy Moss, Delanie Walker, Larry Grant, Tavares Gooden, Tramain Brock, Isaac Sopoaga, RJF, Leonard Davis, Cam Johnson, Tony Jerod-Eddie, and Darcel McBath.
***Their is also the option to restructure some players contracts or structure Goldson's in a way where he gets a larger signing bonus combined with a very low first year salary to make his cap number a little lighter. Of course the team would have to sweeten that with a lot of guaranteed money.
Of the guys you listed...I'm ok with all of them coming back except Walker. I don't want him anywhere near the team. You can't drop 1 of every 3 passes while bobbling the other two.
We may see some massive cuts this year, some could be unpopular, but in the coming years we are going to have some major pieces to resign so we may have to mass-cut this season and let some back ups fill in the gaps left behind.