Originally posted by Travisty13:
Chris Culliver went to South Carolina, that's not a "small school".
He may have been thinking about SC state. I thought everyone would know about USC after that beating they put on Michigan.
This picture sums it up for me. You have the 2011-2012 draft adding an element to the team. Harbaugh wanted to add elements of the read option to the offense. He wanted to inject speed into the offense so Baalke went out and aggresively got prospects that would fit that system.In 2011 the team needed more pass rush so he aggresively picked out his guy and reached for Aldon. Its really quite genius because they're drafting with the idea of "what can I do to make this area of the team more dynamic". They don't like slobs though as most of their picks perform well at the combine. So when I think about predicting what Baallke is going to do with the draft I wonder where he thinks the teams needs to improve. That being said I think we need better coverage from the secondary and a RZ target.
Something to think about in regard to your first observation - what's the ratio of D-1A players drafted to non-D-1A players drafted in the past 2 drafts? Because 4 out of 17 (a little under 25%) seems like it would be very close to that ratio if not higher.
That's not a fair statement. While Baalke drafted few players from small schools in the first 3 rounds (1 by my calculation -- Mike Iupati in the 1st), the general number of small school players drafted in the first 3 rounds, or having a rd 1, 2 or 3 grade is very low. So of all players drafted in the top 3 rounds by Baalke, 1/9th are from a small school. For that to be below the random rate, there would have had to be 33 or more players the last 3 years, with top 96 grades. I'm not sure that's the case.
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