I don't understand why the FO piles up on draft picks if they're so stingy on spending them during the year when we need help in areas? We are NOT drafting 13 rookies. Get real. This trade makes so much sense.
Gordon is most likely better than any receiver we'll find in the 2nd round or any WR this team picks anyway. This spares us from having to draft a WR early (we all know how well the FO evaluates and drafts WRs
) and we know what we're getting with him. He's a proven baller that is an emerging star in this league. I'd feel much better spending a 2nd rounder on a guy who has NFL experience and is a proven play maker.
Gordon is easily the best, fastest, and most athletic receiver on this team. He is an instant weapon for Kap, his presence alone takes a lot of the pressure off of Boldin and VD and would allow a much more explosive pass attack. Let's be real, expecting Mario and Crabs to come back from the injuries they have and produce at 100% when/IF they return is wishful thinking and highly unrealistic. Gordon can come in and be an instant starter and difference maker.
Gordon is only 22, on a rookie contact which means adding him doesn't hurt us cap wise until his contract expires in 2015. Boldin is not long term and it is not guaranteed that he or Mario even comes back next year and Crabtree's contract runs out soon as well. Then what will we have? A bunch of rookies? Lol.
I am fully aware of the "baggage" that comes with Josh and the medium-high risk factor that comes with bringing him on board. But really if Josh didn't have a few issues, he'd easily be worth a 1st rounder. If we get him, we can hope that maybe a change in environment can do him some good and he can stay out of trouble. If he can, it's a huge win for us. I just can't see us winning with this pathetic receiving core we have. IMO, Baalke should've been trying to make something happen when Patton went down. Our window is still open and we could use help NOW. Not in a few weeks, not in a few months, but now. And Josh Gordon would be a huge addition for us not only now but perhaps in the future as well.
Baalke, surprise me. Make it happen