He's going to take awhile to develop. Unfortunately (for him) and fortunately for the 49ers, the defensive line is playing so well that we didn't see much of Balmer this season. If he manages to crack the starting line-up next season it means he has improved tremendously and is playing at a high level. I just don't see it happening, so Balmer is going to have to get something done in the minimal snaps that he plays.
To think, we could have selected DeSean Jackson instead. I understand hindsight is 20/20 and that many other teams passed on Jackson as well, but a guy like Balmer could have been had in the later rounds, while Jackson filled an immediate need and would have proved to be a steal at that selection. Balmer maybe a late bloomer and prove to be serviceable, but for sure is a bust as far as first round picks are concerned. McClaughan really showed his ignorance on that one. Hope it was just a fluke on his part but I really question his ability to identify talent, a Bill Walsh type GM he is not.
This was a puzzling pick to me-but D. Jackson has proven he would have been worth better, and as everyone says-coulda traded out and still get him-kinda wanted him for ST to. Of course then smith would have no excuse now and maybe wouldn't have taken crabtree? However who knows how the football demi-gods think
Originally posted by SnakePlissken: There was potentially no talent left in the first round up until the spot we had picked, so we should have traded that pick out to obtain DeSean Jackson or Ray Rice in the second round (and pick up a jobber in the 3rd).
It sucks to have a 1st round pick that plays like a 4th rounder.
I feel u on this but its easy to say who to pick years down the road when we see what they can do. Jackson went to the 2nd rd cuz people thought he was undersized to play WR in this league. I hope Balmer can get it together so we dont look stupid AGAIN for wastin a 1st rd pick
Originally posted by WildBill: Its unnerving though at how some of our linemen and others that we no longer wanted found life better when they went elsewhere.
Like 49ers practice squadder Harvey Dahl who couldn't crack the active roster yet now he starts for Atlanta? Yeah, that is disturbing, but most players we've let go haven't gone on to do much. Dahl is an exception at this point, but troubling just the same.
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