Originally posted by SanDiego49er:This team will either pick....
~ A small weak WR who has no physicality.
~ A guy with no mental toughness.
~ A guy who just can't play at all at the NFL level and is completely overwhelmed and out classed.
~ A brittle, fragile WR who is injured all the time and can't play.
We got to have the worst WR scouting I've ever seen..... For goodness sakes let somebody other than Baalke or Harbaugh pick it. At least on WR. They are pretty good at some things. Picking WR's is not one of them.
From what I've seen with Baalke, he seems to pick WRs this way:
1. Look for steals in either "high production - decent measurables" or "decent production - outstanding measurables".
2. Raw players with not much to go off of that he thinks have certain "tools" to coach into a good player.
3. High character guys with OK measurables and/or stats that he thinks can "work" themselves into be decent.
This formula simply will not work very well compartmentalized like this. I'm sure they consider many factors, but at the end of the day, they look for a specific guy instead of the best guy at WR. I use a comprehensive system to grade my receivers and I have been right on far more than I've been wrong. To give some examples of players I've hit and missed on (we have to go back to at least the 2012 draft or sooner):
A.J. Jenkins - 4th round grade. He never should've been taken in the 1st. That was asinine.
DeVier Posey - 6th round grade. Houston never should've picked him in the 3rd.
Dexter McCluster - 4th round grade. He's got some skill, but his production really hasn't been what people expected. Except me.
T.J. Graham - 6th round grade. I still to this day cannot figure out why Buffalo took him in the third. Truly baffling. He has 2 catches for 9 yards this season.
Antonio Brown - 3rd round grade. I was dumbfounded he made it past the fourth round. The guy had amazing tools that jumped out on film.
Mike Williams (Bucs) - 3rd round grade. I understood he had some off-field problems, but felt it wouldn't follow him and his talent warranted an early selection.
Devon Wylie - 3rd round grade. Injuries hampered some, but I thought his abilities would translate into a contributor. They haven't, so far.
Mardy Gilyard - 3rd round grade. Thought for sure his route-running and playmaking would make up for lacking measurables. Didn't happen.
Arrelious Benn - 2nd round grade. Injuries have really ruined his career, and I don't know if he'll get another shot with Philly. You could argue he didn't have much chance behind Williams and V-Jax in Tampa and with a mediocre QB in Freeman, but he never really flashed anything that indicated he was the 2nd round talent I saw him as. I hoped the NFL could teach him to not body-catch the ball and that he'd stay healthy, but Benn hasn't seemed to be able to do those things.