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March 10, 2011, 08:54 PM
If you were starting you are the head coach of a franchise and this is your first draft. You own the first pick in the NFL draft. What position is the most valuable to you if you could draft any player?
March 10, 2011  09:14 PM ET

Probabley a QB.

But if i am drafting from this years draft class i am not sure at all. To me Fairley, Bowers, Quinn, Peterson, Darius are all huge risk reward type players. Fairley is a one year wonder type player for Auburn, his character has been questioned, why was he only a one year starter/star at Auburn etc etc. Bowers hasn't gotten sacks against top end competition. His best games have come against mid-tier competition and his been a bit inconsistent, Quinn missed an entire season of football nuff said, Peterson could be a great player but i think he is more of a physical freak than a great football player, I just don't think Darius is worthy of a #1 pick.

I'm going to take the easy way out and say i'd trade that pick and stack multiple picks (although that rarley happens). You wan't a solid lock with your number 1 pick and i just don't see that in any of these players.

March 10, 2011  09:36 PM ET
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If you were starting you are the head coach of a franchise and this is your first draft. You own the first pick in the NFL draft. What position is the most valuable to you if you could draft any player?

QB is the most important position on the team.

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March 10, 2011  11:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Unanimous so far. QB.

I see. Had to gauge the interest level. For me it depends on the board. I think the top 3 or 4 wide outs and two of the top 3 DL are the safest picks in THIS draft. Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Johnathan Baldwin are productive players. Marcel Dareus and Muhammad Wilkerson are productive players as well. I don't think you would mind spending first rate money on a guy who can produce.

March 11, 2011  12:34 AM ET

QB. That being said I would NOT pick any of the QBs in this year's draft with the #1 overall pick -- ESPECIALLY Cam Newton -- because there are too many things about each QBs game that require adjustment. You don't spend a top 10 pick on a guy that can't come in right away and contribute.

March 11, 2011  12:42 AM ET
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QB. That being said I would NOT pick any of the QBs in this year's draft with the #1 overall pick -- ESPECIALLY Cam Newton -- because there are too many things about each QBs game that require adjustment. You don't spend a top 10 pick on a guy that can't come in right away and contribute.

I agree that Cam is not a top 10 pick. But I do think that he is worth drafting. If you were drafting qb who you think would be good down the road who would you take?

March 11, 2011  01:23 AM ET
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I agree that Cam is not a top 10 pick. But I do think that he is worth drafting. If you were drafting qb who you think would be good down the road who would you take?

If I had to pick a QB I guess I would take Mallett,. He has the best NFL arm of this year's crop and can really throw the 20 yard out with velocity and accuracy. His deep ball is good and his throw to the corner of the end zone is exceptional.

Both Mallett and Gabbert need help in the mental aspects of the game namely decision-making in the clutch.

Locker is a great athlete but his body of work isn't all that telling.

Cam Newton has 1 year of experience as a starting QB. 1 year does not constitute a trend and there is no way NFL scouts can know much about a player with only 1 year of film to analyze.

March 11, 2011  01:55 AM ET
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If I had to pick a QB I guess I would take Mallett,. He has the best NFL arm of this year's crop and can really throw the 20 yard out with velocity and accuracy. His deep ball is good and his throw to the corner of the end zone is exceptional.Both Mallett and Gabbert need help in the mental aspects of the game namely decision-making in the clutch.Locker is a great athlete but his body of work isn't all that telling.Cam Newton has 1 year of experience as a starting QB. 1 year does not constitute a trend and there is no way NFL scouts can know much about a player with only 1 year of film to analyze.

Problem I have with Mallet is he was in a pro system and his accuracy is not good. It can improve though. I think with the right coaching and a quality qb in front of them, any of these young guys could be a Hall Of Fame qb. Teams like New Orleans, Indy, and New England would be a big help to all of these young players. I think Christian Ponder is the only guy who no one is talking about who may be the best. I know his arm strength is in question. But you could do worst.

March 11, 2011  03:08 AM ET
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If you were starting you are the head coach of a franchise and this is your first draft. You own the first pick in the NFL draft. What position is the most valuable to you if you could draft any player?

In other words; If you were Ron Rivera what would you do? I'm thinking that another defensive coach 6 years ago who was in a similar situation and his name is Mike Nolan, and it was his first year as the 49ers head coach. He made the mistake of thinking that he had to run out and get a franchise QB in his first ever draft as a head coach, and he also made the mistake of thinking he knew something about QB's. Your team needs a lot of holes to fill. I would see if I could make a trade. Not to far down, just enough to get the other teams 1st rounder and maybe a #2 or #3 rounder. If no one was willing to make a trade and I was !00% convinced that Clausen and Pike are confirmed busts then I'd take Gabbert. But since I'm thinking this is Carolina we are talking about I'd take Robert Quinn, hope he sells some tickets of those that followed him in College and knowing that he will not be maturing for a couple of years and by then I could have all my other positions filled.

March 11, 2011  06:50 AM ET

QB, easily.

But if we're talking about the 2011 NFL Draft I don't believe there is a QB available worthy of being selected #1 overall. In that case I would simply take the best player available.

March 11, 2011  07:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I'm going to take the easy way out and say i'd trade that pick and stack multiple picks (although that rarley happens). You wan't a solid lock with your number 1 pick and i just don't see that in any of these players.

Everyone always says "trade out". Because the team with #1 overall pick undoubtedly has a lot of holes to fill.

However, teams try to trade out every year. Problem is, it's close to impossible.

If you're the team with that #1 overall selection, and you don't see a player worthy of the pick, chances are no one else sees a player worthy of that selection either. So why would they willingly trade into that slot?

March 11, 2011  08:39 AM ET

As a Browns fan, I would take the best punter off of the board with the first overall pick. How else is Cleveland going to make something of all those 3-and-outs? You select the guy that is going to pin the opposition back inside the twenty, while kicking from inside his own twenty.

Seriously though, get the QB--just not from this draft.

March 11, 2011  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Everyone always says "trade out". Because the team with #1 overall pick undoubtedly has a lot of holes to fill.However, teams try to trade out every year. Problem is, it's close to impossible.If you're the team with that #1 overall selection, and you don't see a player worthy of the pick, chances are no one else sees a player worthy of that selection either. So why would they willingly trade into that slot?

I very much agree. I think if you are going to be no. 1 you must do your homework. You must take a player whom you believe will undoubtedly help you. Having the first pick overall doesn't always mean that you are in bad shape. But it would go along ways towards saying that you're not very good either.

March 11, 2011  10:50 AM ET
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Defensive Lineman to be the center piece of a 3-4. Dominating D-Linemen are a rarity coming out of college and when available jump on them. QB's and RB's can be picked in the later rounds of a draft and go on to be all-pro players ie; Tom Brady,Montana Tyrelle Davis and on and on.

I think for this draft you have a point. DL might be the safest choice. Along with wide receiver.

March 11, 2011  11:00 AM ET
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In other words; If you were Ron Rivera what would you do? I'm thinking that another defensive coach 6 years ago who was in a similar situation and his name is Mike Nolan, and it was his first year as the 49ers head coach. He made the mistake of thinking that he had to run out and get a franchise QB in his first ever draft as a head coach, and he also made the mistake of thinking he knew something about QB's. Your team needs a lot of holes to fill. I would see if I could make a trade. Not to far down, just enough to get the other teams 1st rounder and maybe a #2 or #3 rounder. If no one was willing to make a trade and I was !00% convinced that Clausen and Pike are confirmed busts then I'd take Gabbert. But since I'm thinking this is Carolina we are talking about I'd take Robert Quinn, hope he sells some tickets of those that followed him in College and knowing that he will not be maturing for a couple of years and by then I could have all my other positions filled.

You know had it not been for the suspension Quinn might be the best overall choice. Then again he may not. I'm hoping he winds up in Boston really. But for this subject Mike Nolan wasn't able to pull the pieces together. And it happens. If one could go back he would draft Aaron Rodgers. But this is what make football football. Great choices and bad choices.

March 11, 2011  04:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Everyone always says "trade out". Because the team with #1 overall pick undoubtedly has a lot of holes to fill.However, teams try to trade out every year. Problem is, it's close to impossible.If you're the team with that #1 overall selection, and you don't see a player worthy of the pick, chances are no one else sees a player worthy of that selection either. So why would they willingly trade into that slot?

If you have the #11 spot and know that the guy at #10 is going to take the player that is on the top of your list, a player you feel that can take your team to the next level, sure he may not be a #1 value in Mel Kipers eyes, so what, he will make your team better. If you happen to be a team like New England that has 2 first round picks and want one of the top players in a position you are lacking then you might trade up. Sometimes you get lucky especially if you have Al Davis before you in the draft, he just might pass on an obvious selection like Michael Crabtree, and pick what's his name?

March 11, 2011  05:36 PM ET
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If you have the #11 spot and know that the guy at #10 is going to take the player that is on the top of your list, a player you feel that can take your team to the next level, sure he may not be a #1 value in Mel Kipers eyes, so what, he will make your team better. If you happen to be a team like New England that has 2 first round picks and want one of the top players in a position you are lacking then you might trade up. Sometimes you get lucky especially if you have Al Davis before you in the draft, he just might pass on an obvious selection like Michael Crabtree, and pick what's his name?

Draft MO is something to consider when you are looking at the board. But you really can't allow for another team to dictate what you draft. I doubt many people had Devin McCourty high on their draft board last year. Maybe second rounder, but not first round. Bill Walsh, Bill Parcells, and Bill Belichick would surprise on draft day.

March 11, 2011  07:45 PM ET
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Draft MO is something to consider when you are looking at the board. But you really can't allow for another team to dictate what you draft. I doubt many people had Devin McCourty high on their draft board last year. Maybe second rounder, but not first round. Bill Walsh, Bill Parcells, and Bill Belichick would surprise on draft day.

I always like when there is a little bit of haggling on draft day.

March 11, 2011  09:30 PM ET

Probably more than we'll ever know.

 
March 11, 2011  09:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

If one could go back he would draft Aaron Rodgers. But this is what make football football. Great choices and bad choices.

Mike Nolan said that Alex Smith was the better QB at the time of that draft. Ted Thompson said that he was shocked that so many teams passed on Rodgers because he had him rated as the best pick in the entire draft. That's why the Packers are contenders and the Niners are just pretenders.

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