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Grading The Draft - San Francisco 49ers

Posted on: May 11, 2008 9:52 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2008 9:53 pm

The San Francisco 49ers

Prisco - CBS sportsline - C

Robinson - Yahoo Sports - C

Czarnecki - Fox Sports - C

Davis - - C-

Brown - The Sporting News - D+

What the heck?! Do these guys get together the day after the draft and collaborate about draft grades? Clifton Brown from SN was way off the mark. But what do you expect from a guy that failed miserably on his first round mock? The only 2 players that Brown "guessed" correctly was Devin Thomas to the 'Skins and Mario Manningham to the Giants...NEITHER IN THE 1ST ROUND. At least I nailed the first 6 picks in my mock AND the 49ers' pick (see my blog "2008 Mock Draft - 1st round). I can't believe it! Brown does this for a living, I do it as a hobby. I must admit, I am a little biased. I believe the 49ers should've graded to a "B". But I think I know my team better than these guys do (see my blog "Keys To A Successful 3-4 Defense"). The Balmer pick was justified. We don't need a d-lineman to come in and rack up sacks. We need a space eater, someone to occupy blockers. That will allow even an average outside backer to be able to put pressure on the QB. I laughed when I saw mock drafts that had Quentin Groves or Dan Connor going to the 49ers in the first round. Those guys would be just as ineffective as the current starters. Balmer was the guy I had top on my list at #29 and I'm glad the 49ers felt that way too.

As for the 49ers not taking a WR. You had to expect that. They signed Isaac Bruce and Bryant Johnson. Sure, none of them are sure fire studs (Bruce past his prime and Johnson unproven). But they were a couple of the best WRs in this year's free agent class.

I do agree to some degree that the 49ers should've taken Limas Sweed in the 2nd round. I also think think that Rachal was a bit of a reach where he was taken. Chilo, please prove me wrong on this. I wish you mother well and hope this also serves as a motivating factor to your success. I just want my team to do well. But the 49ers taking Balmer and Rachal prove one thing about the mock draft.

It proves that the mock draft should be about who you think a team will take with its pick based on its strategies and thought processes and NOT who YOU want them to take instead.




Category: NFL

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2008 2:10 pm

Grading The Draft - San Francisco 49ers

Thanks for the comment Joe.

You are correct. I haven't been comfortable with about half of the decisions that have happened since Nolan came on board. I liked the hiring of Norve Turner however I disliked the promotion of Hostler after Norv left. I didn't think there was any QB worth taking in the 1st round of the 2005 draft, so we should've passed on Smith or tried to trade out. But the drafting of Gore (originally thought of as a reach) was a good one. Nolan is taking the team in the right direction but I feel he may have hit his ceiling. I too, am not so sure that Martz is the savior of Alex Smith. So far, Smith has not won the starting QB role. I would've liked to see Cam Cameron hired instead of Martz. The personnel was a better fit for Cameron than Martz.

What I see now this past offseason is what Nolan should've did the first year he was with the the lines. I think it may be too little too late for him. I suspect that the 49ers need to finish at least 8-8 or 9-7 for Nolan to keep his job. At least there is more talent on this team now than 3 years ago. That should help the next coach.

Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2008 11:25 am

Grading The Draft - San Francisco 49ers

Just saw your blog and wanted to comment.  I felt a bit like you in that the draft should be based on the team's thought process and needs as seen from the coaching staff's prospective.  I feel most people will agree.

My concern with the present 49er staff is I am not sure it is together and well managed by Mike Nolan.  Now with the hiring of Martz, I am not sure that they are all on the same page.  For example the Alex Smith draft and subsequent handling of that kid.  I am not sure if Martz can be the savior there, But for the team's sake, I am hoping.  Martz must feel that Smith can become a competent QB in th is league.

I see a lack of direction.from the top and that includes the Front Office and the Head Coach.  Are you comfortable with that situation?


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