Like we thought Baalke isn't perfect but in his four years yeah he's been one of the best GM's in the NFL. We knocked the 2010, 2011 and 2013 drafts out of the park IMO. We have done really well in FA too. Keeping the guys that were good value and moving on from the others. Haven't really overpaid too many.... didn't go out and get a high priced FA that flopped. Also, we did really well with bargain players in FA. As for the 2012 draft I really thought it was a draft for the future. Now we are down to James, Looney and Johnson with Robinson possibly on the PS and Fleming on IR. I'd say James and Looney have disappointed but there is still hope as both should get better. I don't think some fans realize how many bad drafts teams have had. Every draft is full of busts and guys who do nothing. A lot of teams are lucky to get 1, maybe 2 starters out of a draft much less 2-3 pro bowlers or all pros like we have. Keep in mind we also used the 3rd we got last year from Carolina to move up to get Reid. If we kept our 3rd last year we wouldn't have had Reid who could become a very good player. I believe we also used our 6th we got from a trade last year to take Moody.
So even though it looks like the 2012 draft class is dieing I'm still not giving up on it until we see: 1. How Baldwin does since he was traded for Jenkins He's basically a part of our 2012 draft class now. 2. What James, Looney, Johnson and maybe Robinson (if signed to PS/another shot at the team next year) and Fleming (if brought back after injury) do. 3. What Eric Reid does. He's not a 2012 draft pick but again without 2012's trade down to get a 3rd this year we don't have the pick traded up to get Reid. And if we did use our 3rd instead of Carolina's then we don't get Corey Lemonier. So without that trade in 2012 we don't have one of the following, Reid, Lemonier.
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Sep 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM ]