Berry is not worth first round picks #13 And #17 ! I have read all the arguments for going after him, but they all fall short of reasoned assessment. With Berry, we would get a really good player, thats a given, but first round picks are way too valuable to just throw one away like that. Trading away two picks for Berry would be a great move for the team we trade with, but for us ,it would just be akin to roster suicide. It would reduce our chance of getting impact players by half in the first round, and our team is not so talented we could sustain the loss. We're also not so strong a team, and so close to a championship, that one player will put us over the top anyway. We need that extra pick! 2010 is touted to be the deepest draft since 1983, and there should be good corners and safety's all through the rounds without reaching with a 2fer anyway. Berry likely will go in the top five, at least that's what the pundits say, but as good as he may be , he's not a franchise left tackle or quarterback (the money positions), and he would cost us a fortune not only in picks but with his contract too . Probably as much as Okung. There's a very good reason that unless there's a "Peyton Manning" an Orlando Pace,or great defensive tackle available , most teams want to trade out of the top five to the middle of the round ,to maximize picks and value Safety just isn't the highest of value positions,and not worth a franchize left tackle contract. Think about "our" last trade up, when we screwed the pooch and overreached for Joe Staley. I like him,and he's a decent player , but we could have found his equal in the second round, or waited one year for a better choice. But no, we sold our soul to New England for a low twenty's pick and Staley. I'm sure Bill Bellichic was laughing at us the next year as he drafted Jerrod Mayo (a pro bowler) with our #6 pick! Theres a reason Belichic almost always trades down and not up. Value! Bottom line is this, we are in a great position in this draft , in fact we are sitting where most teams want to be, right in the high middle of the first round , we get solid picks for maximum value, and we're not too high up that teams wouldn,t want to trade up with us. We should be able to get one ELITE player, and one solid starter in the first by just letting the draft come to us. And another thing. Berry may remind some people of Ed Reed, but he's not Reed, he's Eric Berry. He may become as good as Reed , he may be better, but he also may only turn out just a little better than average. My guess is that he will be a pro bowler in three years! And when he does play in the Pro Bowl, he will share the secondary with Earl Thomas, who we should take with # 17 without any trades!
STAND PAT, NO TRADE UP !