The Quiet Before the Next Storm

Hangin’ in the Boise airport for a little while so I have time for a couple burgers and a cold one. Or vice versa. Something like that. And a little blog action. Crazy weather out here in western Idaho, eastern Oregon, Treasure Valley region. Rain, temps in the 20s, snow, then 75+ degrees today.

There’s talk that The Chipper may be machinating his way to somehow working a deal with Cleveland to pry their 12th pick in the draft, as they seem interested in Sam Bradford. But what then? Cleveland holds the cards to trade up and get Mariota much easier than Philly, despite the fact they have Johnny Rehab cooling his heels in the Magic Hills detox center, oft-travelled Josh McCown (remember him? I don’t), and no-name supremos behind those guys. Come to think of it. I’d be shopping for a QB if I was the Browns. They don’t lack for trying, but they are as good at getting QBs as the Niners are at drafting WRs.

So, will Cleve take the bait from Philly and get Bradford, a semi-proven commodity who can’t stay healthy?  Or do they package their 2nd first round pick into a deal to move up? Even they would pay a price to get to the #2 spot, and Jameis Winston is pretty much a lock to go #1 after killing it in the combine. Tenn has Mettenberg, a bit of a surprise 6th round success story (the next Tom Brady? No) that Tenn says they are committed to, but really, given the shot of getting Mariota, a guy with a much higher ceiling, I’d find it hard to fathom that they don’t go with him. Unless they trade down for some booty. Which makes a lot of sense for them.

But I digress. How does Philly proceed from there? Trade Bradford and get Cleve’s 12th pick, and then work a deal with Tenn if they are amenable? Tenn needs defensive help in a big way. Maybe they’ll trade recently acquired Bill Kiko Alonso and throw in a  3rd round pick. Chip keeps saying he ain’t gonna mortgage the future for the present,  but I’ll believe it when I don’t see it happen.

The Niners? Who knows? I think we are in a desperate BPA mode right now. I don’t think we can afford to target someone too hard at the cost of others. I don’t see us trading down out of the 1st, unless we get some kind of strong offer from someone for proven talent, or a plethora of picks.

Then again, I’m rarely right about this. Go Kentwan!!!!!!


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33 Responses to The Quiet Before the Next Storm

  1. Nipper says:

    GO 49ers! …..and don’t catch the Skeebs!

  2. Lurker John says:

    “Then again, I’m rarely right about this.”

    LOL. You and me both, brother.

  3. robbiedeluca says:

    Briggs is coming in on monday. It would be helpful to get him imo. If we do sign him at least we will have gotten something for our 4th rd. Pick 😉

    • Berger says:

      I had a Briggs years ago. It was actually a Briggs and Stratton mower. I eventually go rid of it for a Sears lawnmower.

      • Alleykat says:

        Lol Berger.
        Like Kentwan Balmer& Reggie McGrew in the past, the Briggs & Stratton sputtered a lot with no performance value..

      • Berger says:

        I’m guessing the Sear mower is a Briggs and Stratton. The reason I needed a new one is I needed a mower with large back wheels to maneuver a hill.

        Lance Briggs is/was an elite LB getting up in years. He’ll need some large back wheels to make sure he can get up and not fall over the hill!

  4. Winder says:

    I had a doodlebug with a Briggs & Stratton, lots of fun when your 12. Kinda like Woods and Jenkins.

  5. robbiedeluca says:

    My guess is that briggs will be the next SF 49er. He’s reported to have expressed interest in playing here. We all know of course how enamored we are with him. He’s also from the area. Sounds like a deal to me

    • robbiedeluca says:

      I do think he and wilhoite should split time since briggs is a 12 year guy. The biggest factor for signing a free agent ILB is the impact on our draft strategy

      • robbiedeluca says:

        We’re also looking at erin henderson. Hmm quite a talent but he has 2 DUI’s. He would really be a godsend if he got his act together. Only problem is do we even consider putting him on the same team as aldon let alone the same LB corps

      • Alleykat says:

        Probably not the best car pool duo to put together..

  6. unca_chuck says:

    You know what they say. Everybody’s got something to hide except for me and my monkey.

    Doodlebug? Briggs? Hey, he’s a warm body and he’s got a little left in the tank. I’m fine with that. Wonder if we’ll get our 5th round pick back that we lost 5 years ago trying to get him . . .

  7. Happy Palm Sunday you heathens. According to the Gospels, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem, and the celebrating people there laid down their cloaks in front of him, and also laid down small branches (palms) of trees.

    Jesus on a donkey? I’d pay good money to see that today. Come to think of it. Jesus on a donkey would make for a great mascot in this upcoming 49er season: one big laughing matter.

  8. NJ49er says:

    Berger I found another DT that could qualify as a Later RD option for us possibly.
    See heights/weights posted anywhere between 6’2″-6’4″/ 315-330 so, I’m not quite sure how reliable the info is.

    However, he’s getting good reviews from several places, including his stat line.

    Xavier Williams – UNI (Northern Iowa) – 6’2″/315 (?).

    Played in 41 games – 224 TKLs/29.5 TFL/15 SACKS.

    Reviews suggest that he’s tenacious and can penetrate.
    Carries that ‘self-motivator/relentless/high-motor’ tag I love to hear about.
    Brings it all the time apparently.

    Maybe a rotational guy but, reviews suggest he rarely came off the field in College.
    With 224 tackles, I’d have to assume he gets after it in the run game.

    He’ll make my Late RD/UDFA list.

    • NJ49er says:

      “Well-proportioned frame with terrific length to extend and actively use his hands/limbs. Athletic for his size with good forward lean to play low with the body control to be natural on his feet. Good snap quickness and plays with excellent field speed out of his stance.

      High motor with consistent effort all four quarters, rarely leaving the field. Chases well with the killer instinct to finish ballcarriers. Understands leverage and stays under control ? wrestling background (two-time state qualifier in high school). Special teams background with eight career blocked kicks in college.

      Strong-willed, self-motivated competitor who works his tail off on game day and during practices. Tough guy who doesn?t mind doing the dirty work. Unassuming leader and his character (football and personal) draws high marks from his coaches. Three-year starter with production that consistently improved each year ? type of player who knows how to self-evaluate, push himself and get better.”

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Works for me. Gonna be quieet for a while now. Need to ping my son on his preferences. He’s thinking CB right about now with these recent acquisitions. Depending on Justin Smith of course.

    • NJ49er says:

      A CB makes sense to me as well Chuck, depending on how Baalke and the Scouts rate them for our slot of course.

      If they believe there’s a Revis there, go for it.
      I see this slot as a BPA decision.
      If it’s an OT, do it.
      Hard to predict until we see the Top 10 unfold.

      Baalke has done an admirable job of applying value in the past so, I’d guess he wouldn’t be averse to sliding back if his guy isn’t valued there.
      Extra Picks improve the odds IMO.

  10. robbiedeluca says:

    Hmm philip wheeler is in for a visit

  11. NJ49er says:

    Part of the Great Debate, surrounding the work of Baalke and, his history of producing starters is, where the Draftees fit in any given year.
    It’s been pretty obvious to me, that he did more in recent years to find depth, to compliment a pretty sturdy roster.

    Given the turn of events this off-season, he’s being forced to replace 2 ILBs in a Draft Class that isn’t rich at the position.
    Tall order.

    His MO, as I perceive it, is to Draft for development.
    The musings involved with the Coaching Mutiny seemed to carry a ‘teacher’ theme.
    I’m comfortable to suggest, that Baalke may have felt that, younger guys weren’t getting the Coaching he likely envisioned for them, when he brought them aboard.

    Tomsula more than held up his end of that bargain IMO.
    Our D-Line has been comprised of FAs and UDFAs for the most part, along with a holdover or 2 from the McCloughan era.

    We’ll see soon enough, where the focus will be when the clock starts ticking on the 2015 Draft.

  12. Berger says:

    NJ- I agree with you about Baalke. I think he has done a good job so far. He did have one bad draft but overall he has done well and has kept the talent level high enough to be able to compete with a coach who was a zero at offensive strategy.

    • Winder says:

      We had a OL that was pretty much 1st rd picks and a RB that is HOF material. But we rarely had the ability to score a lot of points early. Our defense saved our bacon more often than not.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, the problem is will the offense overcome the deterioration of the defense? I don’t think we will be terrible on defense, but we’ve lost some very talented guys.

    We NEED a pass rush to overcome the lack of quality corners.

  14. NJ49er says:

    UCONN Pro Day –
    CB Byron Jones turns in 4.3s.
    His team mate, WR Geremy Davis did as well –

    “Connecticut wide receiver Geremy Davis also impressed during the on-campus workout, running in the 4.37-4.42 range in the 40-yard dash. His college production suffered due to inconsistent quarterback play, but he offers intriguing NFL traits with his size (6-2, 216), speed and ballskills. While not as gifted or proven as West Virginia’s Kevin White, Davis offers a similar skill-set at a discounted price later in the draft”

  15. NJ49er says:

    Looks like our 9ers had Private Workouts with the following guys –

    NT – Eddie Goldman – FSU 6’4″/336
    WR – Ricky Collins – Texas A&M-Commerce (wherever the eff that is?) 6’0″/200
    WR – Stefon Diggs – MD 6’0″/195
    CB – Tray Walker – Texas Southern 6’2″/187

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Wow, NoFear and bullit over in Skeebs-land are both so intent on refuting anything I say that they completely lose their minds. It’s fucking hysterical.g

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Forgive me, God, I can’t stop.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

    . . . and there was much rejoicing . . .

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