Originally posted by communist:
Originally posted by Geeked:
Very good post, imo.
Teams are not built just through the draft (80's mentality). I believe the 49ers have done quite well with adding new talent, better than the majority of other teams. But, when your team is fielded by a lot of good players, you're not going to see the type of draft impact you'ed expect from a lower tier team.
Just for the guys who don't understand what Geeked just said:
we have high quality almost all over the field. If you want to get an upgrade at any of these positions, you have to draft in the top10-15 in general.
I agree and disagree with this. It's certainly true for some position groups, but I look at the AJ Jenkins pick (and I had high hopes for him right up to the point he was traded), his trade counterpart Baldwin and our starting Cornerbacks. I also think the same of our Oline - Kilgore had a good pre-season and then was dropped for Goodwin who has been inconsistent all year. I am not sure it's been worth playing Snyder as backup guard rather than Looney either. Has Celek really justified his spot as 3rd TE over Carrier? We've literally run Gore into the ground this year and barely used Hunter or LMJ.
I think sometimes the coaches put too much faith in experience of the likes of Rogers, Snyder, Goodwin or Williams when we would have been better off getting experience for our younger draft guys. Look at Marcus Cooper for KC for example, or how many guys were raided from our practice squad to go onto the rosters of other teams.
We don't really know what we have in a lot of the young players we've drafted and can only hope the coaches do, but we there is that risk that we stunt development by not exposing/playing them.
I concede though that there could be a good development plan in place that we start to see the gains of this year. What will tell me how the coaches think is the play time we see McDonald, Tank, Patton and Lattimore getting. If they barely play any snaps or are seldom used/targetted I will have my doubts that the coaches can develop players.
[ Edited by Buchy on Feb 3, 2014 at 8:22 AM ]