There are plenty of angles every year when it comes to the NFL Draft. Especially when you look at it from each team's unique perspective based on their "needs and wants." Enter your San Francisco 49ers and their seemingly loaded roster of talent and depth at most positions. Some might say we "need' to draft an offensive guard. I would counter that based on last years draft (which historically I think might be one of the best ever when it's all said and done as a whole) which included a talented physical specimen named Daniel Kilgore. While Kilgore's talents have yet to be gameday tested in the NFL, his skills have no doubt been assessed and 49ers brass have made up their mind whether or not he will be deemed capable or not of stepping in and filling that role. The tight-lipped Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh who are reminiscent of the Patriots' Bill Bellicheck era and their amazing run in New England with their approach to the media and evaluating talent at every level have no doubt decided on Kilgore's ability or inability which will impact the #30 pick in Tursday's draft.
Which brings us to Coby Fleener. Yes we have loads of talent at the tight end position already with Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker and even a young blocking stud in Nate Byham. Yes the team made multiple off-season moves to improve the receiving weapons filling that void. And yes there are other positions including the offensive line which need added depth but none with a glaring hole assuming the 49ers feel Kilgore will step up and fill that need. Considering the new regime and their level of secrecy we have no idea how they view their prospects. Think of the last time you heard either Harbaugh or Baalke talk about Colin Kaepernick's progress or if they think he has what it takes to be the next QB of the future in San Francisco. You haven't. They don't tip their hand. So Fleener and his freakish ability which I don't need to even cover thanks to his pro day and the many other gushing articles on him since then might be a luxury pick for the 49ers. However, with Walker's contract set to expire after this season I think Coby Fleener is a safe pick especially with the 30th overall pick. We took Vernon with the 6th pick and if Fleener pans out as expected he would be a steal at that spot.
He fits with the offensive scheme, he's a hometown hero of sorts and we know about him being recruited by Jim Harbaugh. The last two points are just things of note but he really fits the mold for a Jim Harbaugh offense. Fleener's freakish ability is something that stands on it's own and can't be overlooked. Only the guys in the War Room know who they hope is available when the San Francisco 49ers take the podium on Thursday but as a fan I hope they announce:
"With the 30th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the San Francisco 49ers select Coby Fleener, TE out of Stanford!"
A guy can dream can't he?