Originally posted by pfizz:
How can anyone say teams arent built thru the draft? And how can you really say you need a top 10 pick to make an impact? Look at all the defense starters Seattle drafted in the late rounds:
Kam Chancellor 5th round pick
Richard Serman 5th round pick
Walter Thurmond 4th round pick
KJ Wright 4th round pick
Malcolm Smith 7th round pick
Byron Maxwell 6th round pick
it's all about drafting players with certain skillset and intangibles that can be coached up to fit your system.
Of course teams are built through the draft.
Seattle tho is the exception here, not the rule. Teams don't often do as well as they have late in the draft. If anyone had a clue how good Chancellor or Sherman would be they would not have been selected in the 5th round. Kudos to Seattle for finding and developing that talent. There is a reason they just won a Super Bowl.
BTW, it's not like teh 49ers have been swinging and missing here in the draft. Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Navorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Bruce Miller, and Eric Reid are all very good starters.
Chris Culliver, Daniel Kilgore, Joe Looney, Tank Carradine, Vance McDonald, Quinton Patton and Marcus Lattimore could BECOME quality starters.
Kendall Hunter has been avaluable backup and LaMicheal James could be as well if he didn't have 2 good RBs ahead of him.
Its not like the 49ers have been striking out.