Originally posted by GEEK:
You are missing an objective opinion.
2010 was a great draft. Bowman may be a future hall of famer because he's playing better than Patrick Willis. Davis and Iupati are top 10 players at the respective positions. And Anthony Dixon was a great role player for us. He wiffed on Mays, but that was a Singletary pick.
2011 was an outstanding draft. Aldon Smith is a pro bowl player. We found our future QB in Kaepernick. Culliver is a solid corner. Hunter has shown flashes, but got banged up a bit. Kilgore is now a starter. Bruce Miller is a pro-bowl caliber full back.
Off-field issues are not Baalke's fault.
2012 draft was atrocious - and the verdict is still out on Looney.
2013 draft has solid potential. Eric Reid was an outstanding pick - you don't blame a GM because players suffer a football injury - that shows your blatant and idiotic bias against Baalke. Carradine, Dial, and Lattimore have potential to be contributors, but were redshirted in their first year. Not a big deal because we still have 4 years on their contract (first year didn't count). And this draft will kick in as Patton is ready, McDonald is ready, and Lemonier will have a bigger role.
I give Baalke a B+ grade. A good chunk of the talent on this team came before Harbaugh became coach. But the 2012 docks him a full letter grade.
Agreed. 2010 and 2011 were great drafts.The 2013 draft is loaded with potential. The 49ers are so deep they can red shirt players and even incoming rookies can sit or be developed over time. On another team players like McDonald and Lemonier would start as rookies. Add to that that Baalke got us the #77 pick early 3rd rd this year from last years draft and he made Jerry Jones his little biatch in rd 1 and moved up 13 slots to get Reid for only a 3rd rd pick it was a great draft. I think that is the biggest move up for a 3rd rd pick in the 1st rd in NFL history by far.
As for the 2012 draft. AJ Jenkins was a bust. LMJ is a good player that the coaches have failed to use properly. He is a good KR and averages over 4 1/2 yds per carry as a RB. It's Baalke's fault no one hands him the ball or uses his skill as a receiver as well? Looney has provided solid depth on the O-line.
Do we have to go over the bad picks made by a HOF genius like Bill Walsh to compare? The year we drafted Montana he used the 1st pick of the 2nd rd (same as the last pick in the 1st rd) on a RB who never played RB for us. We tried him at WR and safety and eventually settled for just a KR. (LMJ is way better and was a late 2nd rd pick). A 1st rd pick on Earl Cooper RB from Rice he eventually converted to TE. The list goes on.
Every GM has draft busts. It is the overall ability to build a team that the GM,coaches and scouts should be judged on and I believe they have built the best team in the NFL.
2 of the last 4 Seahawk drafts include.
2013 1st 3 picks
rd 2: Christine Michael RB
rd 3: Jordan Hill DT
rd 4: Chris Harper WR
2011 1st 4 picks
rd 1: James Carpenter OT
rd 2: John Moffitt G
rd 4: KJ Wright LB
rd 4: Kris Durham WR