What if?

The New York Jets who are now Favre-less might just want to move up to the #10 spot in the NFL Draft and select USC’s Mark Sanchez?  In exchange, let’s say the Niners get the Jet’s number one @  #17, and the Jets #3 pick, or maybe their #1 and their #4 and #5?  Would you (the Niners) do it? The Jets can’t think Sanchez will fall to them @ #17, and it’s pretty clear that going into the season with either Kellen Clemens, Brett Ratliff, or Eric Ainge at the helm is not going to scare the AFC East, or anyone, for that matter.  I think it’s quite possible that the Jets, or someone else, is gonna come after the Niners pick.  Here is where I wish Bill Walsh could return for a day from up above, and help the current Niners “brain trust.”  I don’t think there is going to be an absolute “have to have” player @ #10.  Not Michael Oher, not Brain Orapko, not Everette Brown, not Rey Maualuga. The Niners are four or five players away from being really good, and this year’s draft might provide them an opportunity to close that gap. They had what many (including yours truly) thought was a very questionable draft last year, which  included the forfeiture of  their number five pick for tampering. This year’s draft also needs to be strong because the Niners’ free agent signings have been quite modest, to say the least.  Can the Jed-Mike-Scot show pull off a great Niner draft in 2009? We’ll see soon enough, won’t we?



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