Originally posted by matt49er:
Originally posted by KRS-1:
With Trent Baalke at the helm we have drafted the following WR's :
2010 Kyle Williams - 6th round
2011 Ronald Johnson - 6th round
2012 AJ Jenkins - 1st round
2013 Quinton Patton - 4th round
That track record that precedes him does not lead me to have little to little to no faith in him but to each their own. He has one big failure to date but has only invested one high pick into the position.
very well put KRS, I think ppl fail to really look at what he's done, he's only drafted one WR high in the draft and it was a miss, Patton looks like he could end up being great value in the 4th round but as the OP stated, next year is when we'll really be able to find out or at least get a good read on him.
Overall, Baalke has done an awesome job in the draft, I think even the 2012 draft could end up being better than a complete flop like it looks now. LMJ is a better PR/KR than ppl give him credit for and his 4.9 YPC to me at least says that he has ability at the RB position, he just hasn't been given enough of a chance but that could change with Gore getting up there in age. IMO if Kilgore/Looney end up being starters at either C or LG (if Iupati leaves after next season) then the draft will be okay at least.
I think 49er fans (ones on this board especially) tend to focus too much on the negative. Look at the Aldon Smith pick, ppl were shocked by that and he's become one of the most dominate defensive players in football. Kaep, Hunter, Culliver, Bowman, Reid, Miller and many others have proven to be very good picks. The trade for Boldin, signing FAs like Dawson, Whitner, Dorsey, Skuta etc have been great moves also. In short, give the man some credit and show some faith.
Exactly. Have faith. Everybody has draft busts. Bill Walsh drafted a RB in the 1st round named Earl Cooper who he later tried to convert to TE and then just released him and he had other busts too. It is the overall that you have to judge not 1 individual pick and overall the 49ers have done an amazing job of building a team. It is also not just Baalke. Harbaugh has a lot of say and there are these things called scouts that have a voice as well.
It is not that the 49ers are lousy at drafting WR's. The real problem is they have not really targeted the position. You have 5-6 roster spots for WR and even if AJ Jenkins had panned out we would only have 3 we drafted and only have used 3 top picks(RD 1-4) at WR in the last what 6-7 years? Three picks over that time frame to fill 5-6 roster spots is nothing. In the last few years we have used 3 top picks for RB when there are only 4 spots available and we already had a HOF starter.
They simply have to target the position. Until the lucky trade for Boldin that was brother to brother we signed cast-off receivers and occasionally used a pick. We never really tried to build a talented receiving core. The time has come. It is long overdue.