Originally posted by LieutKaffee:
Originally posted by natrone06:
Lol I understand that. I was posting in response to your previous post about how sure you were that 49ers weren't interested in Ertz. I'm not sure anything that happened it the draft (besides not drafting him ) proves that in any way.
Ah, you're right about that. Technically most of the moves that happened in the draft can be read in different ways and are consistent with many different scenarios. My read is that they had no interest in Ertz, but reasonable minds could differ.
Apparently, the thrust of my post has been discussed, but since I took the time to write it up. I am going to post it anyway.
In a news conference after the 1st day of the draft, Baalke indicated that in "typical drafts there's probably a larger pool of what you would consider marquee players. But at the same time, we felt there was a very big group, large group, of that next-level of player. And any time you get that, you're going to have teams that are able to address need, probably more so than best player available
because in a draft like this, the players available are very close to one another. So, you're going to address need in those situations and I think that's what a lot of teams did, us included."
In the first round, the 49er traded up to drafted the best player available that filled the most obvious need the team had. Given what Baalke said, the team drafted based upon the confluence of need and quality of player on the board. We can logically infer that the selection of Reid means that Reid was at least
the second highest safety on the 49ers board. But, we cannot logically assume that selection of Reid means that 49ers had no interest in drafting Date Jones, Sharrif Floyd, or Bjoern Werner, or any defense end chosen between pick 18 and our selection of Tank Carradine.
Again, using the logic of Baalke's description of this particular draft, we can assume that Carradine was the highest rated defensive end of the 49ers board when we picked him at #40. Trading down from pick #34 to pick #40, does not automatically mean that we had no interest in drafting any of the players on the board at the time of that trade.
The team clearly had an interest in drafting Carradine, but it may also have had an interest in drafting Justin Hunter and Zack Ertz. We do not know. SF may have felt reasonably sure that one of the players that it wanted at #34 would be there at #40. If the team did not feel that there were enough players of approximately equal quality that met a team need to risk the trade, we probably would not have traded down.
The draft itself does not give us a foundation to assume that Hunter or Ertz were not on the team's draft board, nor does the draft provide us with a foundation for assuming that they were on our draft board. Vance McDonald may have been the second highest tight end on the 49er draft board. We just do not know.
In the same interview, Baalke pointed out, "Everybody has their own board and they work off their own board. No two teams are alike and that's what makes the draft so much fun." Baalke, I am sure was talking about the other NFL teams when he said everybody, but the point is also applicable to this forum.
We each have our own "draft boards" and that is what makes the forum so much fun. But, we should not confuse our personal draft board with the 49ers draft board, and as Baalke indicated the team works off its board. What we think, is not necessarily what the 49ers think.
[ Edited by buck on May 5, 2013 at 10:59 PM ]