Let’s pretend the 49ers didn’t make the A.J. Jenkins mistake last year. Let’s pretend they drafted someone else. How would that have affected the 49ers’ past two drafts?
Say the 49ers drafted tight end Coby Fleener instead of Jenkins with the 30th pick in 2012. In that case, the 49ers’ wouldn’t have needed to draft tight end Vance McDonald with the 55th pick in 2013, and the 49ers could have drafted a cornerback instead, like Dwayne Gratz or Robert Alford.
Or, say the 49ers drafted running back Doug Martin with the 30th pick in 2012. Then, the 49ers wouldn’t have needed to draft LaMichael James in the second round. They could have drafted tight end Dwayne Allen instead.
So, the 49ers could have had Martin, Allen and Gratz, but instead they have Jon Baldwin, LaMichael James and Vance McDonald.
How big of a drop off is that?