Originally posted by Rascal:
Besides, I doubt anyone (if being honest) can tell me, the Vikings and the Rams didn't draft better than the 9ers.
This remark seems insulting and more than a bit arrogant, but maybe you did not consider it sufficiently before making it. But, then we all make mistakes, so I will refrain from taking offense.
Again, we will not know who drafted better, until we see some football. I will not tell you that the 49ers drafted better than any team until the teams have played.
But, I can tell you that I do not think the Vikings drafted better than the 49ers.
Two of the the first four Viking picks are potential problems. I think that Xavier Rhodes and Gerald Hodges will be solid players, but there are doubts about the ability of Sharrif Floyd and Cordarrelle Patterson to acclimatize to the the NFL>
Sharrif Floyd dropped like a rock in this draft. Draft prognosticators and pundits, almost universally, placed him at the top of the draft.
The fact that so many teams passed upon him is a clear indications that he has blemishes that were not readily apparent.
His sack production ratio, a metric that measures a players sacks and tackles for a loss was not among the elite. Floyd had a 0.77.
The defensive linemen that had better production ratios were Devin Taylor, Margus Hunt, Jared Smith, Kawann Short, Brandon Williams, Datone Jones, Sly Williams, and Montori Hughes.
His ranking on the Explosive Power index was not among the elite. Floyd's rating was 0.95. A ratio of 1.00 is considered elite.
There were at least 9 defensive linemen who were better.
Cordarrelle Patterson, the top rated wide receiver by most draft ranking experts, also dropped in the draft.
His drop was not as surprising as Floyd's, but it was a major decent. Patterson's production as a wide receiver was hardly elite.
He has the hallmarks of a one year wonder.
But, let's face it, both players have the potential raw talent to have been taken much higher than they were.
My suspicion is that their intangibles put teams off and put them off quite considerably in the case of Floyd.
So, even without seeing the teams play, I have to consider the Viking draft more than a little risky.
There are no indications that that players selected by the 49ers are marked by poor intangibles.
There is no indication that Reid or Carradine lack the skill set or the mental attributes that are required in the NFL.
Carradine did pass the medical evaluation of the team and at this point there is no solid indication that he will not be able to produce this year.
Vance McDonald fits well into the SF scheme and given the penchant for SF to run two tight end sets, we can assume that he will play this year.
So, I can tell, and I am telling you, that there is no solid indication that the Vikings drafted better than the 49ers.
We need to be clear I am not claiming that the 49ers drafted better; your claim was that the Vikings drafted better.
If their drafts prove to be equal or San Francisco's draft proves to better my claim is vindicated.
We will have to see.
Now, the question before us is: Am I being honest?