Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:Originally posted by dj43:
Too much of the success of this draft depends on Aldon Smith. With so many high value picks available at positions of need for the 49ers, if Smith turns out to be a first year starter and Pro Bowl-level guy in three years, he will have been a good pick. If not...
After that, Hunter is the most encouraging pick.
It seems there was little emphasis placed on getting high value. That emphasis gave this a frenetic feel.
Of course if Harbaugh and staff are the great teachers everyone here feels they are, they will coach these guys up quickly and MAYBE earn a playoff berth...but I am going to be very cautiously optimistic.
IMO, I dont think that was the purpose of this draft. We drafted a lot of raw talent from rounds 1-7. I think Harbaugh plans to field Sings 2010 team and figure out who's worth keeping. That's why this lockout could work to our advantage (2010 FA rules). Meanwhile, guys like Aldon, Kap and Culliver will get some spot duty. With that said, I think if any of our draft picks look worthy to start they will. I think we will slip into the playoffs, if we can sign a few of our FAs. 2011 is a 2010 redue.
Outstanding point and my thinking as well. I would also have been fine with not taking a QB for this reason. If the lock out drags, and I think it will, next season is shot and pretty much a "see what you have and develop youth" season for teams w/o a veteran QB. We really need a full offseason to have a chance, so I see 2013 as the turning point. Might as well have drafted with that mindset, immediate contributors aren't going to be the difference.