I'm pumped about the Ward pick. Going back at closely looking at his coverage skills makes me think he'll be a steal. A physical nickel that can make plays and cover is a huge bonus. He's so good against the run, he can stay on the field.
We desperately needed a big back, so I'm pleased with Hyde.
Borland is a gamer. Him and Shazier were the clear prizes at MLB, IMO. Love that pick.
We finally drafted a top caliber center and Thomas can be a starter at LG after Iupati leaves. With the addition of Martin as our swing tackle, we have excellent depth and youth on the Oline.
Ellington is going to be a great weapon out of the slot and as a returner, as I envision LMJ leaving before the season starts.
If one of the CBs pan out, that's a huge bonus. Baalke has a nice track record with finding CBs, so I'm optimistic there.
Lynch has incredible athleticism and a nice frame to get bigger. I like that pick.
Millard is the top FB, who can do it all. I like Miller, but I think we upgraded that position.
Overall, this looks like an outstanding draft. Most of these guys were rated as having 2nd round talent and we didn't have to reach for them. In fact, most of them fell to us a round later. It was a great combination of need and BPA.
The only thing left to be desired is WR. If we signed Johnson to a longer deal at a discount, we ease that concern. I think Patton is going to be a great player and Ellington could as well. This is the best WR corps we've had in over a decade. Kaepernick has weapons everywhere. Even if we have some setbacks with injuries, the next man up is very capable.
I'd give Baalke an A- for now. These "red shirts" could make this draft his best to date. I applaud the organization for how they're acquiring talent and looking down the road to sustain our dominance. We're in the toughest division in the league and I like our chances. That's all you can ask for in the offseason.
[ Edited by strickac on May 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM ]