Ok ok ok, we're all happy. Losing Lilja was one of many Carl Peterson blunders, and strangely enough one that he admitted was a mistake.
Having a probowl center and a super bowl starting right guard is definitely an upgrade, even if it's an upgrade over our backups.
However, I am still not on the the Berry Bandwagon. I have two reasons why:
1. Waters is getting old, and Wiegmann is old. In the next two years, both will likely need to have replacements.
2. Albert was one of the worst left tackles last year for allowing sacks. He gave up nine. i'm not saying he sucks, but we should not, in any way, feel that we are "set" at any position on the offensive line.
3. At the fifth pick, Berry would command 11 mil a year, making him the HIGHEST PAID SAFETY IN THE LEAGUE without ever playing a snap in the NFL. that means we could sign Polamalu, reed, Sanders, Dawkins, Rolle, anyone...and it would have been cheaper. It's just bad business. Even if berry comes in, and from day one, is the BEST safety in the league...he still would be overpaid for his position.
If Okung falls, you draft him. If he is gone, you look to trade out.
1. trade down
2. our highest rated left tackle
3. second highest rated LT
yay lilja! Im getting excited with our offseason so far, so whens the season start? :P
While I am not going to turn down Berry if we get him, and it looks more like we might take him with the moves we are making, I believe that Pioli is going to think long and hard before spending that kind of money on a safety.
I am actually leaning toward the Nose Tackle bandwagon at this point. I anticipate that is the direction we will go this draft more and more.
Like the off season moves but I am still VERY concerned with the LEFT side of our line. Waters and Albert were piss poor last season. That side IMO is much more important than the right side of the line.