49ers draft pick accumulation isn’t necessarily a good thing
The San Francisco 49ers are stockpiling draft picks in the 2013 NFL draft like a squirrel getting ready for winter, but will these picks really pay off once winter comes in the Playoffs? The 49ers will have five picks in the first 100 picks, but the 2012 draft was an exercise in disappointment.
The 49ers spent their first round pick on A.J. Jenkins who was one of the most over drafted players in the 2012 draft. Jenkins’ future on the team in undetermined, but the 49ers had a shot at Doug Martin and David Wilson; yet they opted for Jenkins.
The first round is about finding instant contributors, and Jenkins only contributed to filling a spot on the bench in 2012. Then the 49ers drafted LaMichael James in the second round.
James may have had an actual impact in 2012, but you can’t argue that Doug Martin and David Wilson would have had larger impacts in the 2012 season. While Joe Looney, Darius Fleming, Trenton Robinson and Cam Johnson spent most of the year on the practice squad.
The 49ers found a way to make it to the Super Bowl despite having a 2012 draft that was filled with practice squad players. With that being said: How confident are you that the 49ers won’t mess up these picks in 2013?
With the knowledge you have acquired now should make you feel very queasy going forward. The 49ers have to get impact players in the first through third round.
All five of the first 100 players the 49ers will get to pick don’t have to all be great. Two of them can be busts, but the 2012 draft was a failure.
The only player that can save that draft is A.J. Jenkins, and it’s hard to imagine from how bad he was in 2012 to say he’ll become a Pro Bowler, because the 49ers receivers were never an Elite group to begin with. If A.J. Jenkins can’t make it to at least the third spot on the 49ers wide receiver depth chart in 2013, then he’s a major bust.
However the 49ers have an opportunity in this year’s draft. The talent in the first three rounds is loaded, and an excellent draft class can include five solid starters.
Otherwise if the 49ers pull another 2012 draft class, then it can be a franchise killer, and dash the hopes of any thought of another Super Bowl appearance. This isn’t the time to rely on Colin Kaepernick to carry this team.
The 49ers can’t be the Dallas Cowboys or the Indianapolis Colts who become complacent, and ignore the negatives, because of how good your top player is. Now is the time for 49ers to take this draft picks and hit winners in order to craft a team that could become a dynasty.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.