Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by Need4Speed:
Yes his 4 touchdowns his senior year shows how he dominates the 5 9 cb's he faces in a mid major conference Oh wait 4 touchdowns aint that much. Hmmm maybe we just wanting him to be better than he has been. I know one thing he is good at, he is good at dropping passes and stalk blocking. Stop reading combine numbers and watching highlights to evaluate if a guy can play. Watch one game and you won't be so koolaid about a guy that was a 4th option on a bad team.
McDonald is all about potential, clearly there's something there as both him AND his backup got drafted while many top schools ended up with their TE as an UDFA. The guy is extremely versatile, he lined up pretty much everywhere for Rice, yes, he needs to improve as a blocker, but that goes for virtually every single TE in the draft. At 6'4" and 270, this guy is an absolute beast in the open-field, for a team that values YAC, McDonald is a guy who brings that in spades, he's well developed as a route runner and considering the 49ers just went from Delanie Walker, who by far led the NFL in drops percentage, I fail to see how McDonald could be worse than that.
Ultimately he's a nice big body, he's a nice red-zone threat and if the 49ers scouts wanted him above guys like Kelce....then they obviously see that he can be a damn good player in the NFL with the right coaching. Typical Baalke player, huge upside, needs to be coached up, intelligent and versatile.
2 years from now, nobody will be complaining this pick IMO, he's going to become a tremendous red-zone weapon for the 49ers and will develop to be a very good blocker as well.
Agreed Phoneix The team seems to intentionally be drafting high risk high reward players. We don't need alot so they say hell this guy is huge and fast and can block on the edge maybe we can take a flyer. My whole point is it seems the ninerfans forget about all the work that it takes to go from potential to D Walker's level. I HOPE he is the next big thing but right now he is just a big body.
I'm sure lots of people are just saying there hopes here but it is coming across to me like this guy is already the next pro-bowl. The next gronk just wait till he gets to the field.
But with high risk high reward players we going to get some bad ones. The good ones will out weigh it i'm sure. I see some things I just don't like about Vance's game film. I'm a pundit that's it. He is huge and fast and has all the potential in the world. Lets hope he can be coached up but he has alot of work to do.
[ Edited by Need4Speed on Apr 30, 2013 at 5:31 PM ]