I might lose a little credibility here by saying this, but last night I watched Wreslemania 25 with some friends at a bar. I hadn't seen the WWF (I refuse to call it by its new name) in years, and it was amusing to see the acrobatics and bad acting again. One of the matches last night really interested me; The Undertaker vs. Shaun Michaels. When I was growing up, these two were the kings of Wrestlemania, and I was somewhat shocked that the two were wrestling each other now. I remembered when I was a kid and played the WWF Wrestlemania video game for SNES, and had the power to create those magical, hypothetical matchups that everyone wants to see: Hulk Hogan vs Yokozuna, Andre the Giant vs The Ultimate Warrior, Ric Flair vs Roddy Roddy Piper, etc.
Now, what the hell does that have to do with the NIners? This dream match-up thing got me thinking about the draft... Once a team has scouted all of the players they want to scout, interviewed who they wanted to interview, and poured over the game tapes of hundreds of players, what else could you do to get ready for the draft? Dream up some hypothetical scenarios thats what. "Lets just say that players X, Y and Z are on the board at our pick... what should we do???"
Since many have done their research, made their mocks, and have their opinions on all of the potential future superstars of the NFL, now we are going to put you to work Nation. The Nation bloggers will put out a scenario, outlining the first 9 picks of the draft. Your job will be to use your knowledge and supreme literary talents to convince the Nation who/what would be the best decision in that scenario. Some scenarios will be likely ones (such as mirroring Kiper's first nine, or Mocking the Draft's), while some might be some wierd ones...
Keep in mind, the mock first nine picks are not what I think will happen, not what I hope will happen, or could be no where even close to sane. However the point of this is not to analyze the theoretical picks other teams made, but to theorize what the Niners would do in a situation, similar to this one...
- Lions - Matthew Stafford, QB - Georgia
- St. Louis - Jason Smith, OT - Baylor
- KC - Aaron Curry, LB - Wake Forest
- Seattle - Mark Sanchez, QB - USC
- Cleveland - Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB - Texas
- Cincinnati - Malcolm Jenkins, DB - Ohio St.
- Oakland - Andre Smith, OL - Alabama
- Jacksonville - Vontae Davis, CB - Illinois
- Green Bay - Eugene Monroe, OT - Virginia
Oh Ho! It seems like some valuable treasures have been left behind for us... Crabtree peaks my interest here, but we have established that WR is more of a want, not a need. A push is needed from the D line, and that need can be filled by Raji, and Everette Brown. There are many options here, but only one other thing that needs to be said...