Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
What happened to all that depth i was told we had?
Other than LMJ, and Celek, barely starting to contribute the last couple of games, we are not getting contribution from our draft class. This draft is seriously coming back to bite us in the ass. Hopefully it doesnt hurt us over the long term, but it is certainly hurting us this year. Like i said, good teams simply do not have drafts like this. Even the best teams in the league year in and year out cant afford it.
It seems like it was a questionable draft. LaMichael James might be a decent weapon long-term and even AJ Jenkins could turn out to be a useful player, but you can't really have a whole draft and not get any contribution from your draft picks for a majority of the season. The argument that this team is "too deep" is ridiculous, if Jenkins can't beat out a former 6th round pick in Williams who is decent but nothing amazing and an aging Randy Moss, maybe they really weren't that deep to begin with. Teams with arguably better receiving corps such as the Giants have found ways to get their rookies out on to the field to contribute so I don't buy that excuse at all.
Looney might end up a good prospect but he's contributed nothing, mostly due to injury which limited him early on. Beyond that, nobody knows what this team has with Fleming or Cam Johnson.
Now this year, they have figured out they need better 3-4 DE depth and this draft actually looks kind of crappy in that regards. Lots of guys with potential but with various issues and problems of their own, meanwhile last year, in lieu of Jenkins they could have snagged either Derek Wolfe or Kendall Reyes, either of which could have developed behind Justin Smith and filled in as starters quite ably.
They can't afford more drafts like this, picking guys that simply don't play, teams that are developing and losing 10 or 11 games a year can afford to do that, not someone that is primed to go deep in the playoffs, they need as many active contributors as possible.
For me, the most worrisome at first was the lack of ST contributions. I would at the very least expect contributions on ST especially when we let our to best contributers on ST walk. It has gotten worse since then with injurys, and still very little contributions. Fact is our depth all over was largely exagerated.
I liked Wolfe as well, and as personally on the TE bandwagon, because i thought this offense as going to morph into something differant than what it has, but i would have been happy with Wolfe, Janoris Jenkins, or Doug Martin. Martin was the only RB that i really wanted would have taken in this draft. I personally was really high on Alshon Jefferey in the second as a WR prospect.
As far as DE goes this year, i really like...
Margus Hunt- DE- Southern Methodist-6-7, 280, rSR
Willie Jefferson-DE-Stephen F. Austin- 6-6, 230, SR
Ben Obaseki, DE, Indiana State, 6-2, 260 SR
But all three are extreme projects, and Jefferson projects more to a 3-4 OLB. There are a good amount of DE projects in this draft but no real sure things.