Kelley L Cox, US PRESSWIRE
April 27, 2012
Considering the immediate success the 49ers enjoyed under general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh in 2011, it is difficult to question their strategy in 2012. I'm going to do it anyway. Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins (above) was the Big Ten's best receiver in 2011; given the club's investments in Michael Crabtree as well as free agents Mario Manningham and Randy Moss, it will be interesting to see how early Jenkins gets onto the field. The 49ers seemed to add talent to another relative strength in the second round with the speedy LaMichael James. Like Jenkins, there is no denying James' talent but considering the team added complementary back Kendall Hunter just a year ago to pair with the punishing Frank Gore, adding another third-down option may have been a luxury pick. In terms of players who might be able to contribute immediately, the 49ers might get their best value in fourth-rounder Joe Looney, a physical and reliable interior lineman who could help make up for the loss of Adam Snyder to free agency and sixth rounder Trenton Robinson, heady, athletic free safety.