I think we can all agree on the fact that we need an upgrade in the return department. The question is who? There are quite a few options out there in the draft and I was curious to poll the Niners Nation about their thoughts on the different return men.
C.J. Spiller - RB is not a huge need although a COP back would be a nice addition. Spiller brings that homerun threat that we have been lacking the last few years and the offense and the return game would clearly be improved. The question is does the talent level between Spiller and the other options warrant using a first round pick on him?
Jahvid Best - Bay Area ties, legitimate return skills, and gives us the COP back and homerun threat. Has dealt with injuries and isnt quite the talent that Spiller is but we may be able to get him in the 2nd round although we may have to give up a later round pick to move up to do so.
Devin McCourty - The second best CB in the draft but at a 1st round price tag. Taking him with the 16/17 pick overall wouldnt necessarily be a reach but it wouldn't be a great value either. If we are going to spend a 1st round pick on a return man is CB a better option than RB?
Kyle Wilson - Another 2nd round pick with Bay area ties and legitimate return skills, but this time from the CB position. CB isnt really a need for us although you can never have enough, but at the same time Wilson wouldnt have to force his way onto the field right away which could give him a year or two to develop while he provides us with his special team skills.
Javier Arenas - One more CB but this time a 3rd round pick. The hesitations aren't really about his return skills but more about his play on defense. Although, if we only invested a 3rd round pick on him would we need him to provide extra value above and beyond his returns. The later in the draft we are able to legitimately fill needs the more freedom we have to make our team better in the early rounds.
Dexter Mcluster - Burst onto to the scene this year with some seriously big games for Ole Miss. Is entering the draft as a WR but is really more of an all around playmaker on offense. Had some quality practices at the senior bowl and his stock is on the rise. Would need to grab him in the 2nd round and some may feel that is too high a selection for a WR when we already seem to have the position nailed down for the next few years.