After getting DeSean Smith last year and having Gordon, DIckson, and Stokes the TE position isnt a big need for us to fill. Were taking Jacory Washington because the dude has some huge upside and is going to be a hell of a player.
But were pretty much set at TE for the next few years. And considering how loaded this class could be and how #s are starting to turn into an issue, better to save that spot for another guy at a position we actually have a need for. And I think Anthony Jones is a heck of a football player, but there is no need to load up on TEs. Especially when its a position where its usually 1 guy at the position and rarely use 2 TEs. Thats why youre able to take a lot of DB, WRs, LB, etc. You have at least 2+ guys of that position on the field at the same time. Sure, sometimes you have 2 TEs on the field. But not nearly as much as you do with other positions.
And we have Upchurch committed. Ill be honest, I wasnt very high on the kid when he first committed. But, now Im really excited for him. Does he remind anyone else of Delanie Walker of the Titans, formerly of the 49ers? He reminds me so much of him. Walker played WR in college, but was in the 240 range. That allows him to play all over the field. Walker has lined up at WR, TE, RB, FB, and on the line at a tackle spot before. Not to mention is a special teams stud with his rare combination of size, speed, and elite athleticism. Im looking forward to Upchurch playing the same type of role. Mismatch nightmare. Too fast for LBs, too physical and big for CBs. Just gotta find the right way to implement him in the playbook. With an NFL offensive mind like Cameron, we should have no problem getting him on the field and at diff spots. I actually think thats maybe 1 of the reasons why we take Upchurch over a guy like Jones. Sure, Jones is your prototypical TE with the size and pass catching ability. But, the 1 thing about Upchurch that is exremely rare is hes UNIQUE. There are a lot of guys that are great football players, but there arent a lot of guys that are unique football players and bring so much versatility to the table. But, Upchurch is 1 of them.
This post was edited on 7/6 at 2:04 pm