Originally posted by SofaKing:
I agree with the premise. Skill should be come before size. But it's not always that simple. We drafted A.J. Jenkins over some bigger WRs because we were led to believe he was more skilled, and better deep threat. The FO was dead wrong. I'm still trying to figure out what they saw in him that led them to believe he was a better player than Alshon Jeffery.
I'm still trying to figure that one out
And I agree, skills should come before size. But there's real reason teams are looking for bigger at WR and corner. It's no accident that WR's, and now CB's, have gotten bigger, faster, and more physical over the last 15 years. We are talking about a "copy cat league" here. Given how much success Seattle had with their large abusive CB's mugging WR's at the LOS I'd bet that big physical corners and WR's are gonna be in big demand. It allows defenses to take full advantage of the 5 yard contact rule. And in the NFL there's something to be said for size and physicality. It's like speed, you can't teach it. Skills can be taught. NFL rout running can be taught. NFL techniques can be taught; all with good coaching (which the 49ers have).
Sure, generally speaking skills should come before size. But while we keep that principle in mind it cannot be to the exclusion of the bare reality of the nature of football, especially in the NFL. The brightest example of this is, you guessed it, one A.J. Jenkins. If a skilled guy can't even get off the LOS (Think: NFC West
) just what good is his skills to the team?