Originally posted by oldninerdude:Well? Wot gives? Besides the sound of crickets?
Com'n MD, this the perfect opportunity to pat yourself on the back for having Fleming at #168, . . . and the Niners took him at #165.
What genius, what a brilliant draft move, how great was that? Baalke must have been channeling the ole MD hisself on this pick!
Except Baalke took the guy as an OLB, and you thought he's an ILB. Whoops.
Seriously, how can you give a D grade for a selection that's nearly identical with the slot you have that selection on your own board?
#168 vs. #165. Missed it by three = a "D?"
That's like getting a 97/100 on a test and getting a "D." Must be one hell of a grading curve!
Patience, grasshopper. Been very busy with other obligations the last couple days. I did have Fleming as a fifth rounder, not in my grade, but in where I felt some team would grab him. Not sure if Baalke was channeling me, but he should have dialed during the first round,
As for Fleming's position, teams varied on where they saw him on their roster. Some would have put him inside, some outside. Running a 34 team, you usually do not draft OLBs who are 6'1", so his height and weight measurables really fit inside for most squads. That being said, it appears the team intends to put him on the outside, which means he will get zero playing time behind Smith, who isn't going anywhere for a long time, Brooks, who just signed a long term extension, and Haralson, who should still be competing for major playing time, since he has been the starter in this defense for some time,
To maximize value for the pick, a team really wants to get the best talent at the best value in the draft in the neediest area that fits your scheme. Fleming is a guy who will Be a core special teamer, but that position for that talent in that position in the draft was not a good option. The teams still needs help in the secondary, has a TE in the last year of his contract, has a NT in the last year of his contract, has no rotational players at DE right now, and is still lean at center/guard.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on May 1, 2012 at 6:33 PM ]