Originally posted by reasonable1:
Originally posted by Giggidy:
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.
Yeah, it still hurts to think about what we missed out in that second round.
How do you think the Dolphins, Falcons and Cardinals feel??
They all passed on Patrick Willis in 2007 with a clear need at MLB.
32 teams (including the 49ers) twice passed on Frank Gore in 2005.
And if you want to take it a step further...the Patriots selected Brandon Meriweather in the 1st round in 2007...while Dashon Goldson was selected in the 4th that same year. You think Belicheck wouldnt rather have the .38 special rather than Meriweather if he could do it over??
Those things happen.
And for all of you incessant whiners on this board about Balmer. Singletary held another young player back saying he was not ready to contribute full time, and when he was...you would see him on the field.
That player's name was Ahmad Brooks...yeah...that same OLB who was 3rd on the team in sacks and 1st in forced fumbles.
Calm the hell down...I see there are a lot of Madden players in here who think rookies should just come in and tear the house down. Get a grip.
Calm down, huh? Don't know how you interpreted my response as getting all frenzied, as if there was a response that needed to "calm down" it would be yours.
I never criticized Balmer wasn't a good pickup - currently, there are people we passed up in this draft who are doing great with other teams (and that's not to say they'd be doing great on our team if we chose them instead). Ideally, from an ROI perspective, you would like your picks to perform in commensurate with the cost invested. So, all things the same, someone like Jackson would have brought us a faster ROI than Balmer considering when they were chosen. But, heck, if Balmer nets us a great performance next year then it would all be worth it.
You're absolutely right: many teams probably kick themselves every year for passing up on talent, and many times it does take a while for talent to develop (Brees is a good example). But the bottom line is netting the return on the cash invested in a player: VALUE.