Originally posted by RishikeshA:
By the end of the first round teams looking for Quarterbacks will be desperate. I don't think there will be a run on QBs in the first, the second is another matter. It would be great to get a first rounder from next years' draft. IMO if the 49ers don't trade up they trade back. This draft could put Baalke into the elite status of General Managers.
Everything depends on the teams general manager and how foward thinking they are. Krizay is correct in that, teams can sign players picked in the first round an additional year. If your are developing a QB you want that time cause that can be an expensive piece of property if they bust out early Like Luck. Or if they need to be developed like for a year or two or more like Kaep or even Aaron Rodgers. The niners were willing to trade up into the first round to get Kaep, because of it, and because Dalton went before Kaep in the second, everyone assumed we were trying trying to trade up to get Dalton when it was Kaep all along. If we got Kaep in the 1st, one of the perks would have been more time to develope him if needed and also having him under contract one more year if so desired, meaning his contract would have expired in 2015 instead of 2014 or extend one year later. However, there were o takers.
Other players maybe not so. Still Krizays other point is you don't want the other team to have time to counter offer which is what will happen if they go for the 34th pick to get a player if that is who they really want. So they will pay extra for the first just to get the player. Its a gamble of course, but you are banking that your HC, OC and QB coach can turn the player into a Wilson, Dalton or Kaep. If they can, its a home run even if it seems expensive at the time. It also means you can pick someone else with your own for round pick. Like drafting his future target or person he can hand off to.
Still, if a player drops that they really like but didn't expect to, where the niners don't have to mortguage picks, all bets are off. That's why this draft is going to be very interesting and entertaining even though we don't have a high pick. Especially after when all the arm chair GMs on the zone are gonna post and boast that Baalke is a fool when he doesn't pick someone they wanted or didn't move up or down.