Originally posted by hofer36:
I think some of the professional draft analysts, as well many here, put too much emphasis on comparing the player taken against other players that could have been taken, as opposed to how the player taken improves the team..
jenkins add a needed element of speed and seperation at the wideout position, which harbaugh and baalke apparently valued more than the plays they could have drawn for fleener...decastro is a nice player, but his position --rt guard-- is not necessarily one that is viewed as a great impact position...the niners had a better chance of getting a rt guard in rd 4 (looney) than a speedy receiver comparable to jenkins
james gives the niners even more speed and explosion, and i think will make an impact on the return game....after gore pounds and softens the opponents middle, i can see them bringing in 4 receivers to spread the field and pitching it wide to james out of the i formation
....how much did niners like james-- i suspect he was one of their few picks who didnt get a gold helmet (couple brushes with law including a strangulation incident with girlfriend, skirted ncaa rules on receiving benefits to go to the ducks)
loney adds versatility with his potential to play all 3 interior line positions,,,they liked his makeup as well by all apeearances
robinson could be a bigger factor than many suspect...with niners facing rodgers, stafford, brees, eli manning and brady, among others, a safety with coverage skills could see alot of time
they didnt get much help on dine to lessen the reps of smith and mcdonald, so maybe they hope that williams, dobbs or tuakafu step up
i think i like the niners draft
So true, Hofer, so true... When I looked at a few of the draft grades for 2012, they all talked about Jenkins being a reach and LMJ being a guy that wasn't needed (because K Hunter is already on the roster and has a similar build). They all completely missed the point of these picks!!.....
which was to provide the team with more outside speed and explosion for easier scoring opportunities and to help free up guys like Crabtree and V Davis.
I will admit that I had to ponder the Niners' strategy at first myself but when I actually did the research on their first two picks, I realized that both were ridiculously productive in college, are incredibly athletic, have refined games already and thus....are ready to contribute right now.
In fact, LMJ may turn out to be a bargain at pick 61...which brings me to this point.... Picking at 30 and 61, the Niners were essentially picking in the beginning of the second and third rounds respectively. So....most experts had a second round grade on Jenkins. Well, the Niners picked him two slots ahead of the second round. Big Deal!
I'm sure many of you are wondering how the team will fit all these RBs and WRs on the team this year and that is a good question. I think Moss' chances of making the final roster and actually making a contribution are actually fairly remote frankly so if that is the case, the team really needed another guy who could stretch the field.
As far as the RBs are concerned, it appears the Niners are not planning on running Frank Gore into the ground this year. Maybe he gets 200 carries this year instead of 250-300....which makes him fresher and more effective at the end of the year and in the playoffs. He looks like he is slowing down though and I would expect him to be gone before the opening of the new stadium in 2014....although I hope for his sake, that is not true.
In the next couple of years, I can foresee Hunter bulking up a bit (to 205-210 lbs.) and becoming the future number one RB (getting perhaps 17-20 carries per game) with LMJ as the alternative getting 12-15 touches per game.
Your thoughts guys?