Originally posted by dj43:
I get that people love his hands, and that is important, but I think the most important thing they saw in him was how smooth and consistent he was in his routes and how consistently he got separation. Those were things the 49ers did NOT get from any of their WRs last season. Crabtree is not yet smooth or consistent in his routes nor does he get separation once the ball is in the air like Jenkins does. Harbaugh wants to win now with the studs he has and knew full well that to do that he must have a speed guy that does those things. This "what have you done for me lately" league demands production from wideouts. I believe Crabtree WILL improve with a healthy off-season but in the case he does not, Jenkins was a "need" pick that could not wait for development. I believe he will surprise a lot of people with how much PT he will get. That's my opinion and I'm stickin' to it.
I will admit, my reaction to this pick was "WTFFFFFFFFFFFF!" at first. The research I have done in the last three days has definitely made me rethink my overly simplistic view that "number one receiver" meant 6'3" or larger. I understand that's the "prototype," but the things you described are what separate the medium-sized guys in this list from the medium-sized guys who don't pan out. I'm definitely optimistic about Jenkins's ability to contribute.
I remember there were a few games last year where Kyle Williams developed into something of a "go to" option on third downs. Well, Jenkins will be a more talented version of that from day 1.