Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Originally posted by oldninerdude:
No question Watt is playing extremely well, and the full extent of his talent and potential began to reveal itself last year.
Also no question that no one saw just how great he could be before the draft, or he'd have been drafted in the top 5, maybe even #1 overall that year.
MD had him rated only at #18 in the last version of his big board before that draft.
How does that qualify as being "right?"
Watt is proving to be a great player, but he didn't fit the Niners' greatest need that year.
Aldon did fit the need, and he had a great year himself.
And he was part of what has to be considered a great draft overall that year: Aldon, Culliver, Hunter, Miller, Kaepernick, Kilgore.
Is there another NFL team that had that much success in the draft that year?
Projected to be selected at 18, but graded by me, and on my board, as the 5th best player in the draft. Big difference since he would be on the 49ers roster if the team followed my board.
More revisionist history?
Sorry, but this is the very FIRST mention by you that you had Watt graded #5 overall, and it comes in the second year AFTER the draft in which he was selected!
And you expect us to believe that you, and only you
, saw Watt as a top five talent back then? You want us to believe that you seriously did not believe that a single NFL GM or personnel guy ranked him that high--which is the reason why you'd "rank" him down at #18, despite your own very high grade???
Sorry, your post doesn't make sense.
You frequently accuse members of this board of blindly anointing any Niner draft pick as a star once he's picked.
It appears that you do the same thing in reverse: anyone they don't pick who plays great for some other team becomes a star that you (but only you) knew all along was gonna shine, and had listed extremely high on your private, unpublished, secret list of players the Niners should have picked.
Like many others on this board, I enjoy reading your big board, and those of OTC and other draftnicks who like to list players and talk about the draft every year. And your personal evaluation of players, their strengths and weaknesses, etc., is frequently a good read.
But you appear to have this mental block about the Niners front office.
Just because they're the Niners front office doesn't mean they're always right. But it also doesn't mean that they're always wrong.
And how are they supposed to "follow your board" if you never published it, and don't even talk about it until nearly two years after the fact?
There's no problem with continuous close examination of the Niners front office when there's real evidence to support any criticism of them.
You should stick to player rankings and evaluations without proposing some make believe NFL roster of players you "would have" selected.
That "make believe" roster may never lose a game, but it will never win one either, because its only make believe.