Originally posted by thl408:
Originally posted by BleedsRedNGold:
I like Quinton Patton, but if Jon Baldwin starts to show flashes in camp, I'd put him above Patton. Patton, Crabs and Stevie are the same type of receiver. If Baldwin shows his first round potential with a stable team and a top 10 QB for once in his career I think his upside will benefit us more. He'll be that big red zone target and the big burner we need to stretch the safeties.
If Jon Baldwin had Quinton Patton's heart and work ethic, he'd be a top receiver.
But it's all wishful thinking. If the FO believed Baldwin had it, they wouldn't have gotten Stevie.
I agree. I really want Baldwin to succeed because he brings an element that the WR corp lacks - immense size. Unfortunately, with that size he also brings a body that moves like molasses. He has zero to little explosion on the first step in and out of a cut. I don't know if he lacks technique, coaching, desire, or what. If he can just work on his burst, he can salvage his career. As of now, he's just a physical freak that took advantage of smaller, untrained college CBs to earn a first round selection. In the NFL, CBs overcome size mismatches with sound technique.
This is exactly how I see it as well...I don't have any film work on him from KC, just the film work you did for us here as a Niner. Hopefully, his lack of short area quickness was more of a reflection of him "thinking" on the field vs. just playing. Like McDonald this year as well, this off season could go a long ways towards really seeing the skill sets of these two...and many others as well. While there are only a few starting spots up for granbs, b/c of this reason, this is probably the most exciting camp I can remember with ALL of the players expected to jump in production this year.