I love a good underdog story.
The experts all agreed that Wes Welker was "too slow" and "too short" to be a good WR in the NFL. However, he showed some ability in training and (here's the crucial part...) was given an opportunity on the big stage. The rest is history.
Brit Miller was "too unathletic" to be a FB in the NFL. Brit showed some ability in training, he blew up bigger LBs in the Nutcracker Drill and caught some TD passes in warm up games. However, the 49ers went with Moran Norris instead, who had an awful season. Brit Miller didn't make the roster and left for the Rams.
I'm not saying that Brit Miller is as good as Wes Welker, just that we never got to find out if Miller was better than Norris at FB, because he didn't get an opportunity to show his stuff on game day.
So, my question - are there any players on the 49ers roster who the experts, coaches and fans have called "too (insert negative term here)" to be a success, before they have actually been given a proper opportunity on game day?
Is there a future starter rotting away on the sidelines while the 49ers continue giving an overhyped, highly drafted, underperforming player chance, after chance?
What have you seen in them that the experts have dismissed?
I'm personally hoping that Lance Long gets a chance, if only because he sounds like he should be in the sort of movies Dirk Diggler made famous.
Seriously though, I hope Kevin Jurovich gets a shot.