Recently I've had this very strange, yet enticing idea that I've had floating around in my head.
What if the 49ers, against all expert analysis and mock drafts, selected Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the second round? Wouldn't it be a beautiful pick? Let that sink in for a second....
Allow me to elaborate.
To help paint this great picture of possibilities, lets begin by saying this....Greg Roman loves using 3 tight end sets. Could anyone imagine Vernon Davis, Vance Mcdonald and ASJ all on the field at the same time? ASJ is easily one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft (which obviously is of the 49ers requirements for a TE) and likely has the best hands as well. Although his route running could use some improvement, he routinely lined up wide in Washington's offense, much to the likes of Jimmy Graham. This would open up a world of possibilities for our offense, particularly on third down and in the red zone. This is considering both passing and running plays that could result from this set. It would be a nightmare for defenses around the league.
Second, we have to admit that our offense suffers greatly when Vernon Davis is out due to injury. Although ASJ and VD's skill sets differ, both offer a weapon in the passing game. Different, or perhaps complementary to VD's typical down-the-field plays, ASJ offers high-point catching talent; a skill set of which the 49ers offense is lacking. This relieves our dependance on the development of Vance Mcdonald, or in the best case scenario, pushes him to develop into a greater threat as a pass catching tight end. This would insure that our offense does not skip a beat if VD is out for whatever reason.
I know this is a reach, but I wouldn't be mad if the 49ers made a bold move like this. The way I see it, ASJ has just as much of a possibility to impact our offense this season (in superbowl or bust mode) as any "#3 " wide receiver we draft this year.
Now that I've gotten that of my chest, NN, let the accusations of ignorance and psychosis rain in....