Originally posted by English:
This is starting to look purely argumentative. We are what we are, right now. It will be enough, in my view. I didn't see Atlanta playing in the Superbowl, so I am not sure why you threw them in here.
The strength of our team is in the D, the O line, the running game and the starting qb. I think it unlikely (although nothing is impossible) that we trade up to pick up a top wide receiver in next year's draft. But as that is a long time away, I am not sure where this thread is going for now.
Yes, the next draft is a long, long way from now. It will be interesting to how Baalke handles the draft next year.
It does look like wide receiver will be a major need in the coming year. But, as we know, what appears to be true today frequently is not what is true in a year. So, whether we like it or not, we will have to see how the 2013 season unfolds, before we will actually know what our needs will be.
So far Baalke has only had four drafts. In four drafts, Baalke has drafted 26 players. He has drafted four wide receivers. He has used one first round pick, one fourth round pick, and two sixth round picks on wide receivers.
2013 Quinton Patton 6-2 195 4.48 4th
2012 AJ Jenkins 6-0 199 4.37 1st
2011 Ronald Johnson 5-11 195 4.46 6th
2010 Kyle Williams 5-10 188 4.40 6th
Of the four wide receiver picks, only one, Ronald Johnson, can conceivably be labeled a bust. And I really do not think we can classify a sixth round pick as a bust, but I am not going to spend my time arguing about that. But, if you are willing to argue that Ronald Johnson, a sixth round pick, is a bust, what grade would you give Kyle Williams, another sixth round pick.
If we are serious in our attempts to evaluate Baalke's other wide receiver picks, we must concede that, whether we like it or not, we do not have the requisite information to make that evaluation. We clearly cannot rationally judge the Quinton Patton pick, and even though the pick of AJ Jenkins does appear to a major mistake, labeling him a bust after only year in league would be at best
, flat out stupid.
Luckily, we will have a year to continue evaluating AJ Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette, Quinton Patton et al before the next draft.
If we know anything about NFL teams and how they function, we know that 49ers have already begun looking at and evaluating players for future drafts. When the scouts go to games, when they go through the game tape, and when they talk to coaching staffs, they do not focus solely on players for the upcoming draft.
If Baalke, Harbaugh, and the scouting staff are only now
beginning to identify possible franchise players, I will buy you ( the generic you) a drink.
But, to get that drink, someone will have to provide me with credible evidence, not mere suppositions and innuendos.
My offer is good until the next draft.
[ Edited by buck on May 26, 2013 at 11:54 AM ]