GM Trent Baalke departed from form on Thursday’s first round by actually drafting players the 49ers need, instead of his usual BPA blather. Zounds!
That was in the first round. Two guys (DeForest Buckner, Joshua Garnett) who must be starters this year. Friday in round three, however, Bad Baalke returned with the selection of a CB (Will Redmond) who tore his ACL last October, bringing the list of ACL draftees to seven since 2013. Here’s the other six: Tank Carradine, Marcus Lattimore, Brandon Thomas, Keith Reaser, Trey Millard, DeAndre Smelter.
If none of those six stirs any memories of their playing time with the team, that’s because only two of them have had any playing time with the team, and that time has been entirely forgettable. But, hey, I’m sure Redmond will be different. Two instant starters, though. That’s more than any Baalke draft has ever produced. Hopefully.
Day three of the Draft was a Baalke Special. That’s the area that puffs up the total of draft picks from the normal seven to the twelve that get people so excited about how much help we can get in the draft. A bottom of round 4, three fifths, three sixths, and a seventh represent EIGHT of the swollen amount of draft picks the 49ers have. All in the maybe-this-guy-will-make-the-team bargain bin at the end of the draft. Yeah. These guys will really push the team up the leaderboard next year.
Baalke’s first day three selection was yet another CB (Rashard Robinson) at the end of the fourth round. This guy has not played in 18 months and has reportedly failed a drug test and was suspended for failing to meet academic standards. But hey, who doesn’t need six or seven late round CBs who can take turns getting torched on Sundays? Especially if they have bad knees or bad character or bad brains.
On to the fifth round, where Baalke selected yet another defensive guy, making it four picks out of five for defense, vastly improving the chances of the worst offense in the league last year to continue to flirt with that distinction in the coming year. Next, at last, an offensive pick, OT John Theus, who will evidently compete with Erik Pears for the swing tackle that hopefully will not ever be needed in 2016. Or maybe it will be Fahn Cooper, another OT, picked near the bottom of round five.
The remaining four picks can wait for the late edition, to be published probably not at all. Baalke will probably finally get around to drafting some “skill position” players for the offense. Because the bottom rounds of the draft are usually chock full of these types of players.
And that will be all for the million blogs, tweets, lists, conjectures, and opinions spread over three solid months about the 2016 NFL Draft. RIP, baby.