First off, I think trading a 5th round pick for Ted Ginn, the 9th pick in the 2007 draft is a great move. The 49ers are getting an NFL-proven return man with elite speed for a pick typically reserved for special team players. Sure, you can hit a home run in the 5th round, but the likelihood of that happening is slim. Anything Ginn does on offense is a bonus.
Again, if Tedd Ginn NEVER sees a snap on offense this is still a good move.
The move, though, is a departure from previous strategies. Former GM Scot McCloughan thought this was a "big man's game." McCloughan, though, was unwilling to make any kind of exceptions because, "What I learned early from Ron Wolf is if you draft an exception then you have a team of exceptions."
Ginn is an exception. He's listed at 5 feet 11 inches and 178 pounds. At this size he is the shortest and smallest wide receiver on the roster.
Clearly this move has the stamp of Vice President (and effectively acting GM) Trent Baalke. Baalke is already on record as saying he is not tied to a size/weight paradigm. He clearly believes there are such things as exceptions.
So that begs the question: Does McCloughan make the same move as Baalke? Let's see your answer in the comments.
Date: April 18, 2010 at 10:34 PM
Comment: i think that quote of mccloughlan's that he wont make exceptions to his draft strategy of big dudes might have had something to do with his departure. not the only thing but maybe the last straw. and so i think that mcclueless does not make this move cause ginn is small. but who the hell knows. all i can say is that i dont think mcclueless did a great or terrible job. so i am just as happy that he is gone as the next guy. but i am excited to see what trent can do. and this was a great move so he's started out well. now only if we can get a better coach on the team, then we'd be golden.
Date: April 16, 2010 at 10:11 PM
Comment: Ted Ginn Jr is 6"1 Oscar. Watch his highlight film from his OSU years on youtube. I've probably seen it 100 times and waited for this day so long since my parents bought me a Ginn Jr jersey when they were looking at property in Ohio. Go 49ers!
By: Ernie Konnyu
Date: April 16, 2010 at 5:21 PM
Comment: Look Oscar! McCLoughan is gone and mostly forgotten. Few care about would of, could of or should of about McCloughan. Don't miss him at all. It's Baalke's game now and his first public move is excellent!
Date: April 16, 2010 at 3:12 PM
Comment: There is no question in my mind he does NOT make the trade. The Niners haven't really been into trading picks for players, low round picks or not. It was to the point that when Ginn was on the market, I got a little excited, but instantly knew that the trade would not happen. Of course I had forgotten Baalke was in charge. Even Sando (ESPN) and Maiocco were confident the trade would never happen. Now, does this make Baalke a great GM? No. Not even close. Just shows that he's not afraid to make some moves if need be, and that's a start.
Date: April 16, 2010 at 3:07 PM
Comment: Possibly, because McCloughan did draft Brandon Williams in the 3rd round, similar size, for the same job, showing that he was willing to make exceptions. Ginn is actually proven, and for a 5th rounder the trade made a lot of sense. I could see McC making the trade.
Date: April 16, 2010 at 3:01 PM
Comment: This is a GREAT sign for our future! Scot philosophy led us to a slow offensive line that can't keep up with the speed of today's game, slow corners who could match up with Phoenix, but not the game-changers of the best teams, and slow offensive weapons (the exception being Vernon Davis who had great size and strength as well). With the weapons we have, add some speed and this team could be deadly! Baalke has made me happy today! I don't think Scot would have done that!
By: Big M
Date: April 16, 2010 at 2:52 PM
Comment: I think McLoughan makes the move. McLoughan would make exceptions as long as they didn't require major investments in the way of draft picks or salary. For example: Brandon Williams was 5-11, 170. Allen Rossum was 5-8. 175. So while I don't think this trade necessarily reveals any major differences, the difference in philosophies of Baalke vs. McLoughan is still an interesting topic going into this draft. The fact that Baalke still pulled off a move like this to improve the roster should be a positive sign for those worried about the state of our front office.
Date: April 16, 2010 at 2:25 PM
Comment: Cuz allen rossum was such a big return man? I don't get it, good first trade in my book. Just improved our team as long as he's not flinching and dropping punts!