Anyone else struck by the oddity that no SEC players were selected by the Niners in this 2012 draft (7 players), nor have any SEC players been signed as UDFA's to date (additional 16 players)? That's 0 for 23. For years, the SEC has enjoyed a reputation for producing the best college football talent. Certainly, the Niners have been SEC-attentive in the past: Willis, McDonald, Culliver, Dobbs, etc. Has SEC talent declined (hard to believe)? Have the Niners lost scouting capability there? Are the Midwestern Niner scout(s) more forceful with their recommendations? This just seems to be too weird to be a coincidence. Watchathink?
I don't think Baalke puts much stock into which conference a prospect played in. He looks for production, talent, and character. If the kid is from a big time conference like the SEC, thats great, but its not a big determining factor.
The board didn't go that way this year. No one ever goes into a draft thinking that they HAVE to draft someone for a certain conference. I guarantee if we had a top 5 pick and Blackmon and T Rich were of the board, we would have taken Claiborne.
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