Originally posted by buck:
I have no problem with the assertion that Baalke can be better. Every GM in the league can be better.
But, if we are going to make claims, those claims should have some resemblance to the real world.
In short, the evidence does not seem to support the notion that Baalke wastes energy or time drafting late round picks from big schools.
The draft data available to any person willing to take the time to look at it, strongly suggests that Baalke uses late round picks to draft offensive linemen from small schools, not from big schools.
i didn't say baalke only picks late/udfa o-linemen from big schools or small schools. he picks from both. omameh and bykowski from big schools; slowey, person, kilgore from small schools. problem is, imo, none of them look like they can be a starting, winning player or a legit backup, and only kilgore could handle a backup role, but even he's a liability because he lacks strength and has a hard time beating defenders. if he had to start, it would hurt the team.
most 5th, 6th, 7th rd and udfa o-linemen don't have the right stuff--they truly are throw-away picks. if you do find a guy you like, he has to be big and athletic enough to actually play nfl football. every one of these late 49er picks is either not big enough or not athletic enough...or both. the player has to be a diamond in the rough--key word being diamond.
in the end, it's very rare to find a late-draft o-lineman who's legit. better to get linemen before round five; otherwise it's a waste. the only exception is those athletic freaks you find at small schools who should've been at a big school. guys like larry allen (the #1 example), veldheer, and maybe marquardt.