Originally posted by Ninefan56:
There is no way that Harbaalke is going to draft a 5-8 CB. All things being somewhat equal they want a substantial CB - 6' or taller. They want aggressive, talented, fast, strong, leaping, great instincts, fluid hips, the whole nine yards but in a substantial package. I like the idea of an aggressive CB but it will not happen in the 1st five rounds of a SF draft. They might go with one in UDFA as they did with Daryl Morris, but they would prefer a Cooper to a Morris. So good thought but wrong selection in my opinion. So lets go for Gilbert.
The reality is both Gilbert and Dennard are likely gone by the time the 49ers pick. Also, Baalke has shown a willingness to buck conventional thought, claiming that you know what they will or won't do is just silly. Once again you focus on the guy being 5'8", not on being a tremendous playmaker and the heart of a very good defense, this is exactly why smart GM's take players like Joyner and look like geniuses later on because all the guy does is produce while other GM's worry about measurables. It's the same reasoning as to why Russell Wilson was a 3rd rounder instead of a 1st round pick.
I find it extremely bizarre the obsession that people have with a couple of inches of height which is rather meaningless, especially considering Joyner's considerable athletic ability. Whitner can play safety at 5'10, Brown can play cornerback at 5'10", but take away two inches and the guy is worthless? Nonsense.