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Building a team on potential

 

I really hate the preseason.  I'm excited for football but there's no real games so I have nothing to do with my excitement.  That's why I'm writing my very first fanpost.  

I started thinking about what bothers me about our beloved franchise, and I think the problem is that we seem to have a lot of potential, but it's not paying off.  I started thinking about all the first round picks we have (we just added two more with Carlos Rogers and Donte Whitner), and realized that if you went by where our players were drafted, our team "should" be stacked.

I decided to look up the 49ers projected starters draft positions and then average them.    The average draft position for our offense was about 41, our defense average was about 70 for an overall average of about 55.  I'm way too lazy to do this for all the NFL teams, but I'm guessing this is near the top of the league.

After the jump, I will post my projected starters along with their draft position.  I'd like to hear people's opinion on why all this "potential" hasn't led to better play.  Also, if anyone has a source for average draft position for the rest of the league I'd like to know that, too.

 One interesting thing about our defense is that we have three top ten pick's from other teams. 

Projected Starter

Draft Position

Alex Smith

1

Frank Gore

65

Moran Norris

115

Michael Crabtree

10

Braylon Edwards

3

Vernon Davis

6

Joe Staley

28

Mike Iupati

17

Jonathan Goodwin

154

Chilo Rachel

39

Anthony Davis

11

Offense Average

40.81818182

Dashon Goldson

126

Donte Whitner

8

Carlos Rogers

9

Shawntae Spencer

58

Ahmad Brooks

256

Patrick Willis

11

Navarro Bowman

91

Aldon Smith

7

Ray McDonald

97

Isaac Sopoaga

104

Justin Smith

4

Defense Average

70.09090909

Overal Average

55.45454545

 

I think next time the Niners are on in the regular season I'm going to start a drinking where I drink every time a former top10 pick's name is called.  I should be pretty drunk by halftime.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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