Spreadsheets and Draft Choices

For all the headiness of the current situation and the midas touch that seems to be hovering over Trent Baalke and the front office, it wasn’t very long ago that the team seemed to be in a world of disarray. Flash back to waaaaay long ago in time. Like 2 years ago. The sour stench that was Mike Singletary still permeated the office of 4949 Centennial Blvd. The misdirected lines of communication were still a worry, and Trent Baalke’s draft in 2010 had Singletary’s imprint on it as well.  Baalke insisted on improving the line with the Niners 2 first round picks in Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis, but Sing insistend on Taylor Mays, a washout as a safety now relegated to ST duties. Baalke certainly has paid his dues with the Niners, coming in with Mike Nolan in 2005, and running the western scouting region before being promoted to Director of Player Personnel, and then VP of PP, and finally on to his current GM spot. His 2011 draft was fairly awesome in that the Niners got better in the pass rush in one fell swoop, found their QB of the future, and strengthened their depth at OL and RB.

Last year’s draft wasn’t as immediate  a success, but LMJ was a very solid addition.  AJ Jenkins is searching for the path out of the dog house, Fleming was hurt on day one of camp last year, Looney shows promise, Robinson is sticking around, and Cam Johnson still could be a diamond in the rough. Only Jason Slowey has been jettisoned from the 2012 draft. This year? Well, the mouths are watering, and the blog-o-mill is in a frenzy trying to figure out how this draft will proceed, seeing as the Niners have 14 picks, and likely not enough rookie cap money to sign everyone. It’s pretty much a guarantee that draft day (happy birthday to me) will be filled with fireworks and plenty pf wheeling and dealing.

As usual I lost my train of thought, but there you have it. This was supposed to be about how despite the fact that the only change between the front office ineptitude up to and including 2010 and the front office golden-ness in 2011 and beyond was Jim Harbaugh, how did the rest of the front office evole into the geniuses that they currently are? I said it then, and I’ll say it now. For all the front office hierarchy, the team in 2010 was nominally Mike Singletary’s. Baalke was not (and won’t be) the big honcho type that, say a Bobby Beathard was, AJ Smith of the Chargers, or even Ozzie Newsome of the Ravens is. These guys are heavy hitters and don’t really subsume to the head coach like Baalke has. In Singletary’s case, this was bad news. Now that Harbaugh is in charge, this is very good news. Even the spreadsheet guy, Paraage Marathe has shown his value under the new regime by doing very well in keeping and signing important players. Granted, he was under my microscope as being a problem in years past, but it’s all great now.

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12 Responses to Spreadsheets and Draft Choices

  1. JDR says:

    Harbaugh’s going to take a look at Pat White, who last played in 2011 for a UFL team.

    “Our fucking troubles are over, Dude”

  2. unca_chuck says:

    I think Harbaugh’s taking this ‘shit into gold’ thing a little too far.

  3. Spitblood says:

    I could see the 49ers bringing in guys like Pat White or Kellen Winslow….. why not have a look?

  4. unca_chuck says:

    This is pretty funny. Anthony Adams announces his retirement.

    Thanks, MOW . . .

  5. Irish Kevin says:

    So who will the Niners first pick be in the draft, here is a sampling of what someone proposed over on Bleacherreport:

    Sylvester Williams, Nose Tackle
    Johnthan Banks, Cornerback
    Matt Elam, Safety
    Margus Hunt, Defensive End
    Datone Jones, Defensive End
    Eric Reid, Safety

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Desmond Trufant is also a highly regarded CB that could go to us. Banks may be gone. The other guy to look out for is Jonathan Cyprien.

    I could see TE be the way they go. Ertz and Tyler Eifert may both still be on the board when the Niners draft. Both are big and have great hands.

    With the 31 and 34th picks, the Niners could get Cyprien and Eifert. I’d be very down with that. Cyprien pretty much came out of nowhere to fly up the draft charts, but he’s an excellent tackler, provides great run support, he’s solid in coverage, and defends the field well. His biggest knock was playing for a small school, FIU.

    His biggest plus is he’d fit in with Fangio’s FS/SS hybrid defense.

  7. Grumpy Guy says:

    *If* we stay at 31, I’d lean towards Cyprien or maybe Jones. I doubt we will stay at 31, however. I look for us to make a trade to move up – anywhere from 10 to 26, depending on the terms we can get and how many picks we want to deal.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Not sure about trading up. There’s so much talent near the bottom, there’s really no reason to go up. I see a lot of the later picks dealt for moves up, and in 2014.

    • Grumpy Guy says:

      Baalke and Harbaugh might see this year as their chance to get one more defensive blue-chipper, whether it’s to replace Goldson, or Justin down the line. If one of the blue chip DLs or Vacarro falls to ten, or further, they might pull that trigger. Impact players are hard to come by when you are a Super Bowl contender. I have enough confidence in these guys that they will make the move if it is justified and stand pat if it is not. So much different than the last generation.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Oh, it could very well happen, I just see too much good where they are.

    Word out of Seattle is they are looking to trade Matt Flynn. Jax, Oaktown, and Buffalo being the suitors. If so, the Hawks look like they will seriously challenge the Niners this season. As if they weren’t already.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up . . .





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