Originally posted by Big_Daddy:
Not having much of a track record picking WRs, when we desperately need WRs, pretty much says we can't draft WRs...
Its not so much who we pick, but who we pass up. , tying our needs to names such as Reuben Randle, Alshon Jeffrey, and others. We had both TY Hilton and Justin Hunter in our laps but traded back both times. Then, when we finally pick a high WR, a need for some time now, we go outside the box and pick Stankin Jenkins, who at 175 pounds can't get off the line of scrimmage against my grandma
It has been said that Baalke takes in much more input from Harbaugh on offensive players than defensive players. Maybe Harbaugh can't draft WR
Is this real life? Do you really want to go down this road? The reality is that they felt they had more crucial needs in other areas, simple as that. You can say that every team "passes" players up. Bottomline, my point still stands, once they've got somewhat of a track record, meaning more then a bunch of late rounders, then we can start to make a declaration on their ability to "draft wide receivers", anything in the interim is misguided.
By the same guidelines people are trying to use, EVERY team sucks at drafting wide receivers. Who did the Bears draft before they took Jeffery? They had years of futile misfires when it came to wide receivers. Baltimore? A ton of crap before Torrey Smith. WR is one of the riskier positions to draft period and its impossible to ascertain exactly how well a particular GM/scouting department does with WR's after such a limited track record.
Look at the 49ers in the 90's, one big hit on Owens, along with a bunch of crap and a bust in Stokes(for what the 49ers gave up for him).
Give Baalke 2 to 3 more years and then you'll have a far clearer picture.
Many prognosticators had us picking WR the last few years
Many prognosticators also had the 49ers picking Blaine Gabbert, how did that work out? Bottomline, I trust Baalke far more than I do the "prognosticators", that is why he's an NFL GM and they are posting articles online.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 11, 2014 at 4:27 PM ]