Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Last year, Andy and I engaged in a war of words when discussing 49ers LB Manny Lawson. I called him one of the top-five 3-4 LBs in the league, and Andy tried to lambast me (though I parried most of his attempts and struck back effectively).
Anyway, with the 49ers drafting Aldon Smith in the first round of last week’s draft, you have to wonder what happens with Lawson (pictured at right) in 20 11. Especially since he’s not under contract at this point (though, if the 2010 rules are put into place for 2011, Lawson would, once again, be a restricted free agent).
According to Comcast Sports Net, Lawson still could play a big role with San Francisco if he returns to the club.
But it seems like, eventually, Smith will take over the starting role (which is a perfectly appropriate goal for a man taken with the No. 7 pick overall), because he’s about 25 pounds heavier than Lawson and stronger (though I doubt his pass coverage skills are as good as Lawson’s).
But as Will pointed out in his 49ers Offseason Checkup, San Francisco’s LB corps, with Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes is still pretty darn impressive. Even if Lawson isn’t retained.
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