After watching the Harbaugh press conference after the draft, I understood even more why we had the draft we had. Every single player Harbaugh addresses, he puts an emphasis at explaining why the guy was coveted for his smarts, mental toughness, great personality, jovial attitude, or driven character. Even though we've seen our team bring in guys with 'questionable character', it also seems our team has a desire to bring in guys with great attitude, personality, and smarts. This is not your Nolan/Singletary and Mccloughan era of bringing in 'moral' characters (even if they may quit the team), this is different. Harbaugh and Baalke have give questionable (and questionable might be a stretch) characters a chance while still surrounding the team with a young core of talented and heady individuals driven to succeed.
While we break down these draft picks, most of the media's (and our) emphasis go to the players' physical attributes and physical potential. Very little goes towards highlighting smart and enthusiastic players, at least as far as 'draft experts' go. How does that even fit into a highlight. That's not necessarily a knock on sports media, but moreso an example of the depth of investigation a team gets to pursue for every player, of which we don't get a chance to witness, let alone read about.
It sounds like our management has conducted the draft with an added dimension that very few people are privy to. How many of us on here could gauge how humble of a guy Jenkins appears to be? That's a factor draft experts could never compute until retrospect. How willing a guy is to get better is only something you can gauge from a professional position with face to face interactions. I imagine Walsh didn't draft Rice because he just liked his physical skills. Rice probably displayed his insatiable drive to be the greatest ever, which lived within him far before he became a Niner. And Walsh probably saw that.
All I'm saying is that our draft grades could never accurately grade these players as we've never sat down with them like our team has. Seeing the enthusiasm Jenkins had walking through the facility for the first time was incredible. A guy that positive in attitude combined with the talent is an no-brainer.
This team is so close to being a championship team. I think the guys we got help us get there in the way we needed most. Good attitude and good talent. This should mesh well with the state of mind this team has already instilled. Championship!