Not ever going to be a great RB, but hey, don't hate the pick in the late 6th if he's the top guy on the board. Could be Toby Gerhart-ish.
Is this the end of Barner?
Problem with Roberson and Richardson is character concerns, obviously. They didn't go undrafted because of their talent. Frankly, I think taking a flier on Richardson would have been a solid move in the 6th, but I can't pitch a fit because maybe the FO thinks the Richardson will never be able to overcome them. Gaffney is the polar opposite, in that sense. And for that matter, the backfield will likely look much different in 2015, because D-Will almost surely won't be there.
Lastly, I think Gaffney and Barner can both make the roster. Get rid of Brockel. He's so replaceable anyways. Keep Gaffney as your backup FB/#4 or #5 RB/ST dynamo.
I saw a few vids of Gaffney's blocking, and damn, I take back what I said. If he pass blocks as well as he did in college in the NFL he could unseat J-Stew as our best blocking back.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/05/...r-already.html“He had a real quality senior year at Stanford in the type of downhill run attack that we like,” Gettleman said. “Tyler’s got good skills that we like – the ability to run the ball, pick up the blitz and he’s a very tough and very smart kid.”
I think this guy may surprise some people.