Originally posted by Schulzy:
Originally posted by Rikimaru03:
why is everyone against drafting hunt? Is it because he's 25 going on 26? So he's a bit older?
Yes. That's huge for someone's development curve. Not to mention a 26 year old was playing against under-developed 19 and 20 year olds who is now going up against developed guys his age.
Drafting older players in the 1st round is a huge mistake.
You make a point. But you do exaggerate about playing against 19/20 year olds. It's unusual to have guys that young in the draft (Niners picked up A Davis at 20), but that's rare. The avergae is around 22/23 I'd reckon. Hunt is about 2/3 years off.
When you say "development curve" what exactly do you mean? Raw strength? Technique? One's brain doesn't become stagnant because one is a few years older at that age, so there's no reason that Hunt's not going to continue improving. In fact, he'll probably improve at a faster rate than most because he has had much less time playing the game; his technique will improve. But he is a bone fide ATHLETE. He's not suddenly going to get surpassed on raw strengh; his body has been taken care of and has less wear and tear on it compared to most draftees who have been getting banged around since Pop Warner (See, for example, Alabama players). He's fast, very strong and flexible; a track and field athlete. Also intelligent and of good character.
Picking at #31/#34 you have to give up something. If Hunt was, say 23, he probably be in the "top ten" discussion (see, for example, Ziggy Ansah - who may actually be older than he claims). Niners MAY have a shot at a rare talent with Hunt because of his age blemish. I wouldn't be upset at all if the Niners picked him. Ideally, in the second . . . but even in the first.
For guys I don't want to see the Niners draft in the first (who are being seriously discussed as possibles):
Matt Elam (a bit short, for my taste)
If any of the above do get picked, I'd be on board with it, obviously. However, I don't think that they will.