Baalke has been with the organization since 2005 so I assume there's a since of seniority and leadership between him a Harbaugh. I read an interview with Jed York and he talks about one of the first interviews with Harbaugh. Here's an exert
"We're all suited up and we're at a friend of mine's house, it's very quiet and secluded.
And about 10 minutes into it, Jim kind of unloosens his tie and he's, 'Do you mind if I put in a dip?' He throws one in, Trent throws one in, and I'm like, 'This is over.'
And they ended up talking for another six hours. We didn't know where the light-switch was in my friend's guest house and we were there—we started at lunch, and this is January in California, so by six o'clock it gets fairly. I mean, it was like pitch-black in there.
And our friend comes back and he's like, 'You know, there are lights. You guys can turn on the lights.' We didn't know where the lights were and those guys were just still talking ball and still talking philosophy."
So clearly those two have chemistry but I was wondering how much say Harbaugh gets in the type of players drafted. Some of the decisions like Kaepernick, Jenkins, and Aldon have Harbaughs name written all over them. Reaching for Aldon and REACHING(caps imply a bigger reach) for Jenkins are clearly guided by intuition. I mean are they both just that in sync? I mean Aldon payed off clearly, and Kaepernick, but at the time people were screaming for Prince Amuk or Blaine Gab over Smith and at the time they looked pretty good. I don't think Aldon Smith was on anyone radar. Bold ideas like that usually are not shared. So whos calling the shots? Kaepernick although he wasn't a reach he clearly was an intuitive pick on Harbaughs part. I don't think anyone was expecting him either. I think its a healthy balance on who gets picked but what do you guys think is the brains behind these eccentric picks?