Originally posted by English:
Several new posters have stated in various threads that we, or Baalke, can't draft wide receivers. I hate to see such nonsense become accepted wisdom, so it is time to look at the facts. We have, interestingly, taken one receiver a year for the last six years.
In 2013 we took Quinton Patton in the 4th. Whilst it is too early to properly assess him as a player his attitude appears faultless. Not a high pick and appears promising.
In 2012 we took A J Jenkins in the first. The only bust on this list, he doesn't seem that engaged by the sport. Baalke cleverly finessed him into another 1st rounder, Jon Baldwin who may or may not become a starter. Jury is out here but Jenkins was a bust for us.
Ronald Johnson was taken in 2011 in the 6th. He didn't make it and is now out of football. A shame, but 6th round draft picks who make it onto the roster are a pleasant surprise unless your roster is embarrassingly thin.
Kyle Williams was taken by us in 2010 in the 6th. See the above comments. Despite earning the righteous ire of the zone, though, he is a 6th round pick who is still with us.
Michael Crabtree was taken by us in one of the most exciting first rounds I can remember, in 2009. After a difficult start and despite attracting a lot of zone hatred, he has become the player we thought he could be when we drafted him.
In 2008 we took Josh Morgan in the 6th. He went to Washington when they threw money at him and is, I believe, still starting.
So there you have it. Two 1sts, one 4th and three 6ths. Only one of them is out of football although I guess AJ could get cut next summer. But even allowing for him, bearing in mind the low draft currency expended this is actually a remarkable record. I doubt many other teams could match it.
AJ Jenkins was a bust . Get over it. 1st round picks bust. Receivers seem to bust quite regularly. That is what the draft is. A lottery. But it is factually incorrect to say that we can't draft receivers.
"Remarkable" by your standards, not by mine. "You" doubt many other teams can match it? What are you basing that on? Let's take a look at our division to give us some perspective.
Zona - Fitz (Drafted), Floyd (Drafted), Roberts (Drafted) ----- Boldin (Drafted)
Rams - Tavon (Drafted), Givens (Drafted), Pettis (Drafted)
Seahawks - Tate (Drafted), Baldwin (Undrafted FA), Rice (FA), Kearse (Undrafted FA)
The truth is that a lot of WR's do bust out, but a lot of them pan out as well. It's pretty much 50/50.
What I want to know is where is our Doug Baldwin, or Jermaine Kearse. And why have we passed on guys like Alshon Jeffery and T.Y. Hilton? I understand that the Crabtree injury was a major hiccup, but our "next men up" have been quite lacklustre. The evaluation process needs to get better. Assuming that Kyle Williams and Marlon Moore can step in and produce is unrealistic. My solution...BRING IN GORDON!!!