Originally posted by smithc28:
I think Baalke has shown his hand now with the free agency signings I can now see us just going for BPA. I think Baalke is a bit annoyed at having to go for AJ and him not contributing whatsoever because we needed WR help. No matter if everyone says well he'll develop this year, we were in the SuperBowl last year and could have done with a fast contributing receiver. Missed opportunity IMO
La Mike was a full on BPA pick, we already had Gore, Hunter Dixon and Jacobs and he ended up contributing and looks like he'll be a solid player for us.
BPA is where it is at, whether its Manti Teo at Inside Linebacker, Keenan Allen at Wide receiver, Jarvis Jones/Khaseem Green at Outside linebacker or Jonathan Hankins at NT. we have no idea how the season and injuries will pan out. I think Baalke is ready to start Trent Robinson and Ian Williams and if not he'll go get A FA after the draft.
I think if there's a couple guys ranked the same we'll go with needs but only then. And if we don't really rank anyone at our pick then we'll trade back or for next year.
I went back and re read your original post and have to congradulate you on some original thinking. Instead of looking at all the draft eligible guys who might be available, then picking the ones you think might be there when the Niners pick, you tried to think things out from Baalke's perspective.
Of course, no one knows what he's thinking, what the Niners are gonna do, or who they're gonna pick. It seems like it isn't until after the pick is made (or the FA is signed) that the reasoning becomes apparent.
One thing seems clear, though--whatever Baalke does, he does it after considerable thought and research, and with far more information that we fans may possess.
Although we fans get criticized by some for paying alot of attention to the Niner's picks and "anointing" them as stars as soon as they become Niners, my own interest is in learning more about the picks after Baalke names them, so that I can figure out what Baalke was thinking about in order to make the team better and stronger.
Your original post seems to take the same perspective, only it was done before the draft instead of after it. Good stuff and interesting read.
[ Edited by oldninerdude on Apr 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM ]