So initially we use first round project (#7 pick overall) on a player that hardly played in college (injury and entering NFL after sophmore year) that also is going to be asked to learn different position in LB in 3-4 rather than DE previously played at Missouri. Gotta give Ballke and Harbaugh a chance...maybe they see or know something in such a freakish talent and athletically gifted player that can indeed learn a whole new position, stance, system, etc.
Then with the 2nd round pick, team chooses to take a QB. Granted like every other Niners fan, Luck in 2012 would be the ultimate. But of course want to compete next year and no denying current QB situation is an issue right now. Then again seems like Kaepernicke isn't the type of QB that can start right away because of unfamiliarity with pro style offenses and needs additional coaching/instruction. Maybe they are thinking of Kaepernicke as the third down or "slash/WR" type of player, yet a second rounder for that role would seem odd.
But the second player selected under the new regime is another complete project, an a QB nonetheless. I am just wondering if Baalke and Harbaugh bit off more than they can chew. I mean if they were incredibly successful in the league for several years in their current roles or have a Belichik-like track record I would not be so worried. The idea of a first time NFL General Manager (Baalke) and Head Coach (Harbaugh) taking 2 project players in their first draft is somewhat unsettling.
Sure they might turn out to be geniuses in knowing what will work in the NFL (hopefully), yet a first time GM and HC in NFL bringing that kind of insight to the team and league for that matter definitely brings skepticism. Everything about Kaepernick says he has incredible athletic ability, but has poor QB technique. Not to mention he is unaccustomed to taking snaps under center. (pistol offense at Nevada ).
I don't pretend to know more about the game or QB position than Harnaugh, nor should anyone blogging about the team, however, anyone that has watched NFL all their lives has to feel nervous about what the new regime is doing with these picks and philosophy for that matter. Sure anyone on the site could go on and on about how many of these types of QB's have simply not worked out in the NFL.
I surely hope they know what they are doing, as just wondering if anyone else shares the same kind of nerves with using first ever draft picks under their control on projects. I mean it surely is a bold and out of the box approach, but so was Walsh's West Coast offense at some point. I am hoping this using projects scheme to help build team for the short and long term is a good one. Faith is definitely in Harbaugh as along time Niners fan, as this most recent QB selection in the mold/style that typically has not succeeded in league has really increased nerves on the approach team is taking.