I'm going to make this short and sweet.
We need a Right Tackle first and foremost. Free agency (FA) is up in the air and likely there wont be a CBA...so let's just leave that out for now.
I want to try and wake everyone up here on the subject of drafting the Tackle we need.
Joe Staley, the funny, charismatic "Jumpin Joe" we all know...he's a Left Tackle. Might not be the best one in the league, but his personality, body, speed, all fits Left Tackle. I doubt he moves to the right side is what I'm saying.
We therefore need a Right Tackle (RT). Not someone who can play RT, but a RT. If there is a guy who is being looked at as a LT but can also play RT, he better be superior to all of the other RT's in this draft or else he's not worth our draft pick.
Why draft a guy who's going to come off the board early because he's a pretty good Left Tackle? Like I said, the only way we should do that is if the guy is far better than the "true" RT's in the draft.
Yeah, good linemen are valuable, we need depth, what if something happens to Staley...sure, ok. If you want to pass on play makers...to have a guy that you teach the NFL game to at RT, then what? Ask him to learn LT at the NFL level if Staley goes down and plug good ole "Turnstile" back in at RT?
You've still got a really poor Tackle in that case. Besides, if we're smart we're grabbing multiple O-Linemen for depth anyways.
So can we stop talking about spending the first or second pick on LT's who can play RT when we can just as easily get a great, TRUE, RT in the second round?