I don't do this if Morgan Moses is still there. It's not so much about value as it is about teams making a run on tackles and the value of the position in the draft. This is why guards traditionally don't make a lot of noise until the 3rd round. My reasoning is that I believe we can still get an elite guard at #50. I think Joel Bitonio, Gabe Jackson, and Dakota Dozier will all be around.
I agree with your assessment about fixing the line first, I think this is our highest priority.
Moses is JAG to me but fair comment.... though I'd be shocked if Bitonio is there at 50... apparantly he could go in the first
I absolutely love this pick if the coaches are hellbent at putting Thomas at tackle. X, Pouncey, and Albert would make a formidable side of a line. Shelly Smith and Thomas on the other side wouldn't be horrible either. We have our franchise qb, we have WRs on contract, why not make the OL solid to see what can happen?
To be fair, I've always liked solid guard play especially with the athleticism of DTs these days. They can double team with a tackle, pull on a screen, power forward in 3rd and short, and help punch in at the goal line. It's a versatile position and having talent there would be real nice.
Are you advocating that we take XSF even if Martin is available, or to take him if Martin is gone? I definitely like him too, just not sure if we should take him over Martin if he is there.
For those who may think that taking XSF ahead of Martin as incomprehensible need look no further than Matt Smith's mock draft at NFL.com. He has us taking XSF and then the Cardinals taking Martin.