Almost seemingly out of the blue, an otherwise “stable” 49ers front office has been thrown into controversy yet again.
49ers GM Scot McCloughan has been put on an extended leave of absence due to “personal problems.” This, of course, has come at a bad time.
But what now for the 49ers?
The consensus seems to be that Coach Singletary will be the new head honcho when it comes to this year’s draft or at the very least, Singletary will be the man responsible for the two first round picks.
The “buzz” surrounding recent speculative articles about this situation has been the inability of Singletary to evaluate talent.
This statement is usually followed by the “Patrick Willis” incident, where McCloughan had to convince Singletary that Willis should be drafted.
Trying to put a positive spin on this situation is hard to do.
While McCloughan may not have been making any “Top 10 GM” lists any time soon, the mere emergence of this controversy shows the NFL that stability, still, is not one of the 49ers’ strong points.
I was not the biggest fan of McCloughan, but I do not like how the 49er front office has handled this situation.
While we laugh at Arizona losing Warner, Seattle giving up so much to get Whitehurst, the Raiders drafting Heyward-Bey and the Rams, well…’nuff said, it looks like the tables have been turned and we are now the target of ridicule.
Still, I would like to look at McCloughan’s influence since 2005 and see if losing him is as much of a disaster as people think.
But before we go over this list, I would to say that I think the importance of picking well DEEP into the draft is the sign of good talent evaluation.
I think, more often than not, it’s easy not to miss when you’re picking in the top 10.
But what about the later rounds? These are the rounds where you make your money.
For example, last year when we picked up Crabtree, well anyone (except the Raiders, of course) could have done that.
Think about it: a top-five receiver falls to you at No. 10. I think I could have even made that pick.
But picking up Frank Gore in the third round? That’s something that I could never have done and I think it’s the solid picks in the later rounds that, as a GM, is the best litmus test.
(Source of following draft lists: Profootballreference.com)