I am still having a hard time trying to understanding the way people are thinking. Saying that the 49ers need to grab C.J. Spiller if they can. There are so more things the team needs than another running back. Did we not draft on last year in Glenn Coffee and do we not have one of the better running backs in the league right now with Frank Gore? Now i know that Frank has his injury problems and Glenn has only shown glimpses that he might work out but I am not ready to give up on him when there are still other needs that need to be addressed.
First and foremost we need a franchise quarterback to put it all together. I do think that we give Alex Smith one more chance to prove once and for all if he can play at this level. This being the first time in his pro career that he will have the same offensive coordinatorin back to back seasons, but he has been around long enough to tell if he will make it or not.
However, the most dramatic need is the offensive line especially the right tackle position. With Joe Staley and the left side we need to solidify the right side so that Alex will be able to find open receivers and for Frank to find open holes to run through. We could look for that in free agency but with most of the stars not really being available to sign with the restricted free agency the draft would have to do.
The other need is in the secondary with the other teams in the division getting drastically better at wide receiver, sorry St. Louis I don't mean you, we need to get younger and faster in the pass defence. Nate Clemens is a very good corner but I still haven't seen the bang for his buck he has not lived up to the hype he got when he left Buffalo. He does not have elite speed and gets burnt way to often. Dre' Bly was a decent fill in for Walt Harris but neither are as good as they use to be. Back when Bly was with the Rams or the Lions it would have been a pick 6 agianst Atlanta instead he got caught quickly and coughed it up. Shawnte Spencer has been decent for us as a nickel back but i do not see him as a true starter in the near future.
What we need in the secondary is either a shut down corner or a hard hitting saftey. We probably aren't going to be able to get a Erik Berry, but maybe a Taylor Mays from USC, Joe Haden from Florida, or an Earl Thomas from Texas would be a bargin at 13. Not saying that they would be the answer but it would be a good start. In a division that has Larry Fitz and T.J. "Whos-your-mama" Houshmandzadeh, the need for a good secondary are a must.