Originally Posted by realtick
I hear what you're saying, but I don't think the team can play the worst case scenario
angle when putting together a roster.
IMO, the team has to believe that more times than not, both Dez and Miles are not going to be injured at the same time.
I think Laurent Robinson (6'2" 194 lbs, 4.38) could fill that role that you're speaking of. I think you have to give Jimmy Robinson the benefit of the doubt that he'll be able to develop the skills this kid has.
IMO, as it stands right now, I don't think the team has a bonafide slot/#3 type receiver. I'm actually higher on Ogletree than most folks are, but I can see this team parting ways with him if he continues to struggle mentally. The slot position is such an important role; you have to be able to trust your slot receiver to know where to line up and know how to make the proper reads. That's why we miss Crayton so much.
[View Full Quote]I have a tempered opinion on Dwayne Harris. I think he has the potential to fill that role, but so much remains to be seen with him.
Beyond that, I like some of the players you mentioned such as, Jarrett Boykins and Posey. I'm not a huge fan of Toon and I'm especially not impressed with Kearse as a pro prospect. If we were to go your route, one guy I really like that I think could be had in rounds 3-5 is Greg Childs from Arkansas. He's coming off a knee injury from late last season and is slowly working himself back into the offense.
It's not really a worst case scenario strategy, I'm just under the belief that if you take a WR relatively early he needs to be someone who can be a strong presence outside first, being able to play inside should be a secondary requirement. There's a reason why guys who are solely slot receivers tend to fall in the draft.
Take a look at the Packers who have arguably the best WR corps in the league, Nelson and Jones are the #3 and #4. Both of those guys are versatile and can play inside or outside.
I don't think you need to be a protoypical "slot" guy to be a good #3 receiver, that's more of a product of the "Wes Welker Phenomenon", there are plenty of good #3 WRs around the league that don't fall into that 5'10 190 lb jitterbug stereotype. I'd rather have a more complete player as my 3rd option who can be a mismatch on the opposing teams 3rd corner.
I hear you that we need a solid inside guy but I think we already have him on this team, Miles Austin. If we were able to find someone capable of playing outside like a starter, Miles would have no problem sliding inside in 3 WR sets as he's done a very good job of it in the past.
Good call on Childs. He's another guy who would be perfect as our #3, versatile and can play inside or outside. He would be worthy of a high pick.