Originally posted by mayo49:
Yeah, I agree about Jenkins, not necessarily the grade, but him being a #2. I think he would be an excellent #3 with Crabtree being our #2. Hence, we still need to get a #1. Maybe, next year with all our picks we can do something.
Just out of interest - and I am of the school that still believes WRs take til 3rd year to show true color so I wouldn't expect AJ to be the #1, #2 or whatever this year, what is your take on Manningham?
As for the OP, grading the pick of someone at #30, that he considered a possible #33, is ridiculous to call it an F.
I think anyone overly critical of AJ, and James, is overestimating what we had at the RB and WR positions.
Moss, Jacobs, Gore - fall into categories of getting older, not long left (contract, career or both)
Manningham, Crabtree, Ginn, Williams, Swain, Hunter, Dixon - all fall into categories of short contract length, or yet to convince they deserve to be here for the new stadium.
There are likely other names I'm forgetting just now, but the only members of our backfield (including QBs) that I am convinced will be in our roster for 1st game at new stadium in 2014, are a TE and a FB.
I think many have the chance - but not many on our offensive roster stand out as definites.
Like many of the players above, AJ and James have the chance to be there - and they offer something different to what we had already, and add competition.
IMHO I'd grade them both as Cs - as both may have been available with a trade back - but you never know if there were any tradeback options - and neither were likely to be available by the time our next pick came up.
Picking someone that would defintely have been available with our next pick is quite possibly the only criteria that ever justifies an F.
As for the draft overall - it gives us new options offensively, offers some potential in later rounds, and gave us some great extra picks next year - my initial feeling is to give it a B overall.