2010 NFL Draft: Size Matters for San Francisco 49ers GM Scot McCloughan

March 8, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It's been said by many that Niners GM Scot McCloughan prefers drafting players based on size—the bigger the better.
I've always assumed, though, that he'd be willing to make exceptions under the right circumstances, in order to avoid missing out on a player with exceptional speed and skills that might be just a hair shorter than the competition.
Well, apparently, I've assumed wrong. Here it is in black and white from a Matthew Barrows article in the Sacramento Bee:
"I'll never lose sight of this, and maybe I'm a dinosaur in this, but it's a big man's game," said general manager Scot McCloughan . "That's from the standpoint of holding up through a season durability-wise, but also in the playoffs. You have to have some size and some power and strength, I think, to be a contender year in and year out."
Asked if after five years of drafting big-bodied players the 49ers could afford to go small, McCloughan shook his head.
"What I learned early from (former ...

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