Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
AJ Jenkins. There's absolutely no reason why he couldn't. Yeah, he's had an unproductive rookie year, but I'm not ready to give up on him yet.
I was going to say the same. The people down on AJ fail to realize he does have the tools and will have the opportunity to develop and put them all together. As disappointing as it has been that he hasn't been able to contribute, he has time and there is no reason to think that all of a sudden Trent Baalke can't evaluate talent. He's had at least 3 good to great picks in every draft he has run. We can also draft another receiver later in the draft. With the attention that Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, our running backs, Colin Kaepernick (as a run threat), and another TE like Ertz could be receiving, there will be opportunities for AJ Jenkins to come in next season and make a serious impact as a deep threat.
On the subject of having the best defensive line player vs. the best TE, it all depends. I think a good receiving TE that can also block (it doesn't necessarily have to be the best TE) can make this offense lethal. The best defensive line player that will be available at 32 will help our defensive line starters get more rest. Big difference. It's not a JJ Watt type of player vs. Zach Ertz (or any of the quality TEs) coming out. It is simply a defensive line player just for the sake of drafting a defensive line player. That would be a mistake. Unless the guy can come in and make an impact in the limited playing time they will receive (similar to Aldon Smith in 2011), we'd be better served picking up that TE, and waiting until the 2nd round to go NT/DE.
Thought that you guys might be saying that as I was thinking the same thing. Wasn't sure how others thought.
That said, when Jenkins was selected, I thought that he was a possession-type receiver with speed. I wasn't thinking of him as a pure speed guy in the tradional mold (like the Randy moss of old, Dez Bryant, Tory Smith, etc.). And I had questions around whether at his size he could fit that role, not get knocked off his routes etc. The fact that with a speed deficiency on the current team, especially now that CK is at QB, Jenkins hasn't received ANY attention, is troubling. But I'm not saying categorically that he is a bust. I hope he's a BIG factor next year.
In the first round it has to be Best Player.
Niners absolutely have to have a large body, pass catching TE with some speed. Absolutely. There seem to be a few in this draft. So it doesn't HAVE to be in the first round.
Same goes for DL. If the worthy DLinemen are not there in the first, perhaps M. Hunt in the second could fit the bill. He may be the J Smith replacement after a year or so under Justin's tutelage.
I trust that Baalke and his group know the team's needs and will do what's best.