Originally posted by Phil:We should have traded up for a better corner back option. These late corner back picks are a waste. The late linebacker pick was a waste (Lynch). Borland was a waste at that spot and skill level, although a great player/ back up right now, in time he'll have no role other than ST's. The Brandon Thomas pick was extremely risky with a torn ACL freshman year and a torn ACL in draft warmups. Ellington wont be much of a replacement if Crabtree isn't resigned and isn't much of a replacement for an aging Boldin- he wont see much play as WR this year. The Johnson trade was great. Best move overall. If we resign Crabtree this draft is a B+. Marcus Martin is a solid pick. Getting a running back that early, even at all this year wasn't necessary. Hunter must be a bust and Lattimore must have a giant question mark over his head. Ward would have been great if not in the first round and especially if we didn't pick up/pay Bethea.
I'll give it a C grade now mainly because the lack of a viable outside cornerback and WR option to replace Crabtree and or Boldin.
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If the value on a CB isn't there, why take them there. I like that they went shotgun method and took players with upside that can be coached. You can totally hit on a CB late, because there's so much guys out there. They have done it before with Tremaine brock, Tarrell brown.
Brandon Thomas is a 4th round pick for a 2nd round grade, he's a guy to redshirt which they need. He won't count against the active roster. This is value and a chance for a starter later.
Borland was the 1st or second best ILB, it's a position we are thin at, and a good player. He must have been rated pretty highly for them not to take a corner, or they just felt corner was much deeper later in the draft.
Jimmy Ward would have been good if we hadn't picked up Bethea, I don't think you can think like that. Do you want to throw Ward in if he's not ready. We have a championship team, you can't mess around with players that might make it. I think nickel back is a big enough challenge. If he can beat out Bethea great, but Eric Reid is only a one year player and could lean on Whitner last year. I think he will win the job later, but he will push Bethea.
Carlos Hyde is a BPA and he solidifies the backfield. Marcus Lattimore has said recently that he's healthy but he doesn't have his burst yet. So taking BPA with the back they consider the best back in the draft is a good move. If they hadn't picked up Stevie Johnson I would have said get Cody Latimer, but they got Stevie Johnson, Carlos Hyde and Ellington, so I think they did great. We need a bruising back. LaMichael James obviously has some issues.
Great Draft by the niners three players will redshirt and the rest will fight for a spot. Skov probably makes the practice squad.
Way to go Baalke!
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