Originally posted by danimal:
It is never a good thing when you are somewhat educated about College prospects and you have to ask "WHO?" after your teams 1st round selection.
Seriously, this is a huge strike on scotty. I mean at least know where you can get guys, cuz balmer most likely would have been around on the next pick
I'd heard of him, and I didn't see a prognosticator having him lower than the first round with a few as early as the low teens. Almost all reports said he had physical talent, but he probably could have used another year of school.
For two years people said "wait 'il Sopoaga sees the field", then when he did they started saying "bust!" When we signed Franklin, people said "who?" and hen all through the first and second year they were saying "waste of money", and then his year, suddenly he's a possible franchise player!
Linemen don't get a lot of attention. People like Justin Smith are freakishly talented exceptions. Balmer was called "raw" when he came in. Give him time. As he masters the techniques of the position, we may yet see his talent emerge!
They say only 60% of first rounders pan out. Scotty hit on Patrick willis. He hit on Vernon Davis. He hit on Joe Staley. That's 50% of his 6 first round picks. What about Manny Lawson? Maybe not the pass rusher they hoped for, but he's a productive starter. Frankly, that would have to count as a hit. Alex Smih looked bad for quite a while, but these last few weeks, he too is starting to look like a hit. That means that if Balmer DOES flop, Scotty's hit on 5 out of 6 picks. But I suspect you'll see Balmer will end up being a pretty decent player too.
Does anyone remember us giving up on first round flop Ted Washington about a gazilion years ago? He went on to be a star elsewhere for about a decade and a half!