Please allow me to foment more discussion.
Premise: This draft year is stacked, with awesome.
Fact: We have more top 100 picks, and more picks overall, than anybody else.
Conclusion: Time to rebuild w/o loss, w/o starting over.
Wondering to self: how far in (all in?) do you go, if the above is true?
Possible approach to the 2014 draft: replace the old guard with new blood...when you don't even need the new blood YET. Perhaps it's cold-blooded to get guys to train and shape and mold their replacements. But I'm thinking two years out...draft now, train-prep-keep them secret-keep them safe...and extend them right before they take over two years into their little used careers.
Scenario: Draft the future replacement and present competition to everyone that is aged (defined as 8+ years or so in the NFL) AND anyone that we can't resign as the rookie contract expires. (And some dead wood that needs trimming)
Who to replace: Who I want:
-Bethea, two years out -Deone Buccanon or Loston if we hold out a few rounds (or Joyner if he can make the switch like some say)
-Boldin/Crabtree -Jordan Matthews and Abrederis
-Ahmad Brooks -don't know enough to say
-Vernon Davis -Not replaceable (but I want to experiment with Lyerla)
-Gore -did that last year, Lattimore
-LMJ (dead wood) -Dri Archer
-Cowboy/Dobbs/J-E -hopefully done last year... Tank and the "Adonis" but p/u another gamble prospect to train up
-Willis (& Bowman with knee issue now) -likely irreplaceable, Skov? But this is one that could maybe wait a year or two
-DB (we just want better) -I want a big and a little, perhaps Joyner/Fuller; Verrett/Desir...at any rate, let's aim for a combo package for the future this year
Iupati (someone gets lost due to $) -Done? Marquadt or Martin or Bykowski
Center? -I dunno
QB (extra arms for camp?) -If Kap wants the 20 mili$n...then extend him then trade him for the greatest bounty of all time. Thant means we recreate Plaine-Gabbert into Blaizing Gabbert and push him with someone like Mettenberger, Fales, or other? Having grown up two towns away from Turlock...it's dreamy to have the local guy, but I want a team of heroes and icons that over achieve or always compete. I don't want one dude that sucks all the oxygen out of the room.
How do we fit future starters on the current roster? Think Special Teams.
Cut/trade/edit: Dahl, Baldwin, Dobbs, Culiver, Celek, Osgood, Ventrone...