Originally posted by valrod33:
Baalke says he values pass rush over DBs, so who knows maybe we would have traded back with a team like the Texans, they would have picked Peterson and we still could have got Aldon.
Baalke is absolutely right. We have all heard that "the game is won in the trenches" on both sides of the ball.
If the QB has no time to throw the ball or the RB has no holes to run through, the defense will win every time.
The adjunct to that is that if the DBs only have to cover receivers for 2.5 seconds instead of 5, they will look much more effective.
A good pass rush is the most important component of a good pass defense. The 49ers haven't had that component for years and the pass defense has suffered as a result.
It is obvious that a portion of the criticism of this draft is really disappointment over not getting Peterson, and I understand that. Still, we should temper our criticism of the Aldon Smith pick with the realization that we would have gotten PP only through a remarkable and highly unlikely chain of circumstances. Our focus should be on the understanding that Baalke picked a very high value pass rusher that could improve the overall pass defense more than any other position pick that could have been made.