Originally posted by susweel:
After this draft and last year its clear that Baalke does not know how to work the draft. He reaches constantly through out the draft, hopefully his players turn out to be good or he's gonna look really bad.
No, I think what this draft proves is that the Niners have different criteria for evaluating players than most so-called NFL experts do.
They place a high priority on character, on a "team first" attitude, and guys who truly love the game. In other words, they value guys who may not be the most talented or highly rated but who work hard to develop their skills and eventually become better players.
Obviously, they also have a tremendous amount of confidence in their coaching staff to identify the types of guys they like and then to develop them into effective players. Bill Walsh had the same type of approach as a matter of fact, and Dwight Clark was the poster child of just such a player.
It is certainly a different way of drafting than most teams do. The only other team that has drafted this way in the past few years is New England. They tend to draft versatile, under the radar players who fit their system. It has certainly worked for the Patriots. Let's hope it does for the Niners.