Balke has proven that he can find good players in the draft. The next step that I'd like to see is his ability to maneuver on draft day. In the Bill Walsh era, the Niners worked the draft board like a speed bag several times. In my opinion, the draft is about two different things; 1) talent, 2) good value. A good example of value is Sebastian Janikowski. His a talented kicker, but was he worth a 1st round draft pick. Talent, but poor value.
Anthony Davis looks like he might turn out to be a good player, but the Niners jumped up to get him. It's impossible to say, but I think that was unnecessary and probably not great value. Next year, Aldon Smith was a out of the blue, but turned out to be a valuable player. Could the Niners have traded down and still got him? Great player, safe pick, best possible value?
Part of the reason I always considered Walsh to be such a genius is because he could see value (Jerry Rice) and get good value.
What should the Niners do with their pick this year?