Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
Im sorry, but you guys defending ORG on this are just wrong. I love what Baalke has done since he has been here and have defended him many times, but he screwed the pooch on this one.
We are in desperate need of quality depth at DL, OLB, and OL and also most would argue TE. Had we drafted at any of those positions #1 or #2 we would have had a contributer, and also an improved team. It is not ok, in todays NFL, to redshirt your #1 and #2 draft picks, barring key positions like QB. Just cant do it. This is not the old NFL, where vets played their whole careers for one team, and draft picks had to earn their spots over time. In todays NFL your #1 and #2 need to contribute.
You take the best guy available.
Lets look deeper....
RBs: Gore, Hunter, Jacobs, James. Harbaugh likes to run the hell out of his RBs. He did so at Stanford and he does so in SF. You need ALOT of RBs to run that offense. Guys get banged up and different guys play just to keep the others fresh. Can you couldnt on Gore to stay healthy? What happens next year if Gore is finished and Jacobs was only ona 1 year contract? Now you have Hunter and NOBODY? That can't happen on an offense that depends so much on the run game. Peeps will see james play in the next few years and will feel really dumb for having criticised the pick.
WRs: There were NO GUARANTEES that Moss would have anything left and Manningham wasn't exactly saught after and signed a small contract in SF. There were no guarantees there. Then they ALL played well, including Kyle WIlliams. Say all you want but Jenkins will be just fine.
Peeps have to STOP looking at all this through a 1 year lense. It doesn't work that way. If Jenkins can't get on the field in three years, then you have a point. Right now it ridiculous.