No News is Good News is No News?

Well, the 49ers did sign Desmond Bishop, he of a couple starts last year when the team got decimated by injuries. Lots of guys are coming by for visits, including WRs Hakeem Nicks, erstwhile NY Giant, and ex-Vike Greg Jennings.  Funny thing is, Michael Crabtree appears to be the forgotten WR as he dangles in free agent silence while players latch on to new teams. He may be a man without a team come June.

My hope at this point is we get a TE or two to compete with Vance McDonald. He has been underwhelming to say the least. Then again, the TE position last year was a wash, as VD did little to nothing, and the rest did less than that.

A slew of linebackers, including Lance Briggs, Phillip Wheeler, and Erin Henderson also paid visits last week. I’d like to see us get more line depth on both sides. Looks like that will be the focus in the draft.

Granted we need bodies to get through camp, and gaining depth will definitely help come draft day, but there’s nothing too thrilling about this process at this point. 28 days til the draft, and 24 days til I’m a year older . . .


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59 Responses to No News is Good News is No News?

  1. robbiedeluca says:

    Here’s a new one the niners are expected to sign tim tebow. Even i’m scratching my head over this one.

  2. Lurker John says:

    I gotta call BS on that one.

  3. NJ49er says:

    April Fools Rob!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Nipper says:

    The 49ers will have a winning season.

  5. Nipper says:

    Time for Chuck to put on the pads.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Shit, Nip, one of the guys they looked at, CB – Tray Walker – Texas Southern 6’2″/187, is the same size as me. If I was 30 years younger . . . I head pretty good wheels back in the day.

    • NJ49er says:

      Hoping we have a shot at CB Byron Jones myself.
      See how the Board lines up for Baalke in a few weeks.
      I like ILB Stephone Anthony who likely will fall into the same area as Jones, maybe top RD2?

      Love the strategy aspect of the Draft positioning process.

  7. robbiedeluca says:

    Well GUYS at least that means the next one i almost fell for isnt true. Someone said justin smith had decided to retire. Boy i really hate the fucker for that

    • NJ49er says:

      Here’s one you might like Rob!!!!!!!!
      Jed York agrees to mutually part ways with Ownership duties in SF.

  8. NJ49er says:

    Seems as though we’ve shown some serious interest in Miami TE Clive Walford.
    Works for me 😀

      • NJ49er says:

        Miami Pro Day today.
        Like several guys from their Group –
        Walford/Flowers/Dorsett and Chickillo –

        “Widely considered the No. 2 tight end in this draft class behind Maxx Williams, tight end Clive Walford didn’t run in the 40-yard dash due to a tender hamstring, but he performed well catching the ball. Defensive end Anthony Chickillo also impressed during positional drills, working out as a pass rusher and linebacker. Despite unimpressive production, Chickillo is a prime candidate to have a better NFL career than in college and prove to be a value pick early on day three”

      • NJ49er says:

        I see Chickillo as a Justin Smith-type player.
        Super high motor and impressive strength.

      • NJ49er says:

        Haven’t been sold on ILB Perryman though.
        Smidge short for me but, he comes to play.
        Wouldn’t kill me if Baalke put him on the roster.

  9. NJ49er says:

    Hey Berger – Found another addition for my Late RD/UDFA List.
    NASTY works for me – Especially at development rates.

    Quinton Spain – (OG) – WVU – 6’4″/332

    My kinda Bio 😀

    “Massive mauler type with excellent inline power. Shows good pop out of stance and flashes the ability to jar defenders with initial contact. Also displays the ability to control and steer defenders off the line scrimmage when getting into quality positioning. Balance is the biggest issue in this area. Often lunges and plays too far over his feet which causes him to fall off blocks. Gets out of stance efficiently and moves well for size when climbing to the second level or pulling around edge. Average ability to adjust on the fly to throw on defenders in space.

    Four year starter with ample experience. Alert and shows above-average awareness in pass pro. Keeps head on a swivel and recognizes defensive line stunts in a timely manner. Will occasionally be a quarter count late locating the blitz from the second and third level. Quick locates and identifies targets in the run game. Only issue as a run blocker is that he will be a quarter count adjusting on the fly against stunts or run blitzes.

    Plays with a mean and nasty demeanor on the field. Does not back down and will mix it up at the drop of a dime. Looks to finish and will let you know about it when he does. The type of guy you want on your side in a bar fight or going down a dark alley.”

  10. NJ49er says:

    The freak athlete with tape to match

    Byron Jones: The UConn cornerback can broad jump a furlong and is fast and bouncy. He also displays great acceleration when he needs to recover. It would be easy to see Jones’ workout footage and peg him as an athlete, but he’s actually better at anticipating than simply relying on changing direction without any wasted motion, because his change-of-direction movement is probably the one clear weakness he shows on tape. I think Jones could land at safety depending on the needs of the team that drafts him. He’s one of the bigger sleepers in this draft.

    Where he’ll land: Top 40.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    TE for whatever reason was a black hole last year. Not sure why but the backups did little, and VD was a ghost of himself.

    Too many distractions for him? I don’t get what happened last yew at with our core guys. Frank was missing blocks, VD was a non-entity, Crabs was dropping passes, the line play was awful, on and on.

    • Berger says:

      The coaching staff was running an offense with “dumb schemes” and the players were not being instinctive. They were thinking too much. Our offensive scheme was so bad that even the players were publically calling it out. Harbaugh had to go.

  12. Alleykat says:

    How about a big SS in the mold of Kam Chancellor in the later rounds 6-7.
    Clayton Geathers, Central Florida 6’2 218 lays the wood, just what we need in the secondary, get more physical!!
    Could be a steal.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Sounds good AK. Funny thing is all the guys on my DB radar last year didn’t seems to so very much. Gonna have to see who i liked beyond Stanley Jean Baptiste.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Heard Gildson got traded to the Skins, the Bucs get a 6 and Wash gets Goldson and TBs 7th pick.

    How the mighty have fallen.

    Speaking of falling, Michael Crabtree is heading to Alameda for a workout. Either Myrhbustwrs or the Raisers. Not sure.

  15. An Irish priest is driving down to New York for service on Good Friday and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut. The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest’s breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. He says, “Father, have you been drinking?” “Just water,” says the priest, fingers crossed. The trooper says, “Then why do I smell wine?” The priest looks at the bottle and says, “Good Lord! He’s done it again!”

    Now go eat some red meat.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    What’s Irish and stays out all night?

  17. Nipper says:

    49er’s HC being made fun of on National Sports Radio like a guy who can barely keep a complete thought together. He’s got an image problem at least. Perhaps a stooge following orders?

    • Berger says:

      All they know is we fired a coach who had a good won loss record. It makes them “so called” experts because the can read numbers. Some people see some numbers and think they know everything. As time goes by they often sound like they were smoking a number at the time.

  18. NJ49er says:

    Found some additional info on CB Tray Walker –
    CB Tray Walker, Texas Southern

    The particulars: 6-2, 187.
    The skinny: His measurables are a big selling point, and he had a solid pro-day performance recently. Walker played football and was a track athlete (sprints and the long jump) in high school at powerful Miami Northwestern, where he was teammates with, among others, Teddy Bridgewater. While he was not invited to the combine, he did participate in the Super Regional Combine in Phoenix and looked good. He has long arms (almost 34 inches), which is another desired trait for corners. Walker is raw and needs technique work, but his size alleviates some concerns. FCS member Texas Southern hasn’t had a player drafted since 2000. Its most famous football-playing alum is Pro Football Hall of Fame DE Michael Strahan, and there are numerous other former Texas Southern players who should be familiar to NFL fans, among them DT Julius Adams, WR Ken Burrough, DT Ernie Holmes, OT Winston Hill, WR Warren Wells and RB Willie Ellison.

  19. NJ49er says:

    How about this kid? Almost 6000Yds and 80TDs? WTF???

    RB Terrell Watson, Azusa Pacific

    The particulars: 6-1, 239.
    The skinny: NFL teams that like Watson certainly wouldn’t mind him having a career like that of the most recent Azusa Pacific alum to play in the NFL — Christian Okoye, aka “The Nigerian Nightmare,” who ran for 4,897 yards in six NFL season (1987-92). Watson rushed for 5,947 yards and 78 TDs in his career and broke numerous school records held by Okoye at Azusa Pacific, a Division II school in the Los Angeles suburb of Azusa. He was MVP of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl All-Star Game. His Azusa Pacific bio said Watson eventually hopes to be in law enforcement, either as a SWAT team member for a local police force or as a DEA officer. Okoye is the most recent Azusa Pacific player drafted.

    • Berger says:

      I knew Okoye back when he was at Azusa Pacific. I was going to Citrus college right next door. I would run the high hurdles, kick some footballs and do some bleachers. Christian was always there throwing the discuss. We started talking and became acquaintances. He used came to see me and say high at work and then he was gone, playing for the Chiefs. I haven’t seen him since. He is a really nice human being.

  20. NJ49er says:

    You want a BIG Man?
    Check this dude out –
    Falkner U – OG Semisi Topou – 6’4″/458 that’s 400 + 58LBs.
    Holy Mother of enormity.

    • Berger says:

      He should be a hockey goalie. He could sit in front of the net and there would be no place for the puck to get into the net!

      • NJ49er says:

        Thus far for the 2015 workouts, the most anticipated player to witness was 458-pound guard from Faulkner Semisi Tupou.

        “Many spectators were eager to eye Tupou’s workout, and he left nearly everyone speechless. He ran a decent 40 time, and for the record, he was not the slowest among all the players. Tupou ran the 40 once and NFL Assistant Director of Regional Combines John Aaron excused him from attempting his second try so the 6-4 lineman wouldn’t risk an injury. What mattered most was his first 10-yard time.

        Tupou turned his hips well and pulled out well in his Short and Long Pull Power Drills and weaved around the cones lightly on his toes.”

        Tupou would be a great project for any team as he is determined to be in the NFL.

        I can’t believe he wasn’t a NT. Geez, is that kid ENORMOUS.

      • NJ49er says:

        How exactly to you describe his cone drills using the word ‘lightly’ on his toes?

      • Berger says:

        I agree, I would figure him to be a NT too.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Happy Easter folks. Kids are back in town and all is good. Baseball starts tomorrow as the Giants defend their crown.

    The draft can’t get here soon enough.

    With 9 picks I think we have the wherewithal to get better and do some damage.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Cool story bergs the Chiefs were my 2nf favorite team growing up as I dug their style of play, and loved Otis Taylor. Lenny Dawson and hank stram and that defense was fun to watch.

  23. unca_chuck says:

    Heh heh! Yup. He always had t\at rolled-up program in his hand . . .

  24. ewisco says:

    65 toss power trap. this baby might pop wide open.

  25. unca_chuck says:

    RIP Lon Simmons

  26. NJ49er says:

    Last year we missed on Odell Beckham Jr.
    I penciled in Bruce Ellington as OBJr-Light
    This year I suspect we’ll miss on Kevin White.
    I’m going to pencil in UGA WR Chris Conley as Kevin White-Light.

    We now have OBJr’s WR Position Coach (Adam Henry) from LSU on Staff in SF.
    Conley blew it up at the Combine.
    Measurables are in line with Kevin White too.
    Conley is a relentless worker, both on and, off the field.
    Wouldn’t mind spending a Mid RD Pick on him if possible.
    Good size, excellent speed, very high character kid from all everything I’ve found on him.

  27. NJ49er says:

    Berger –
    If we miss/pass on OLB Bud Dupree, I’m going with DE/OLB Danielle Hunter from LSU as the next best option.
    Hunter was basically a pure DE at LSU but, showed plenty of athleticism to possibly convert to OLB.

    Good size – 6’5″/252 and the long arms (34-1/4″) Baalke seems to favor.
    He ran the 40 very close to what Dupree did.
    Bud – 4.56 / Hunter- 4.57
    Hunter could be there for us with Pick 46?

  28. NJ49er says:

    OK Berger – I’m about ‘researched out’ at this point.
    Here’s the list of guys I’d consider as 6th/7th RD Picks or UDFA options –

    Again, it’s all about the ‘Board Value’ Baalke plays with the earlier Picks.
    If he short-changes the haul by trading up, these are the guys I’d expect to be makeup options later in the process.

    If he finds all the guys he’s shopping for, all the better.

    • NJ49er says:

      Granted, many of these guys could be long gone but, I’m no Pro at the slotting game 😀

      Late RD – UDFA options –

      Darryl Roberts – (CB) – Marshall – 6’0″/188
      DeShazor Everett (CB) – TX A&M – 6’0″/193 (SS?)
      Craig Mager (CB) – TX St – 5’11″/201
      Tye Smith (CB) – Towson – 6’0″/195 (SS?)
      Xavier Williams – (DT) – UNI – 6’2″/314
      Tyeler Davison – (DT) – Fresno St – 6’2″/316
      Joey Mbu – (DT) – Houston – 6’3″/313
      Deion Barnes (DE/OLB) – PSU – 6’4″/260
      Zack Wagenmann (DE/OLB) – Montana – 6’3″/247
      Dean Marlowe (FS) – JM – 6’2″/205
      Quinton Spain – (OG) – WVU – 6’4″/332
      Ben Beckwith (OG) – MS St – 6’4″/317
      Zach Vigil – (ILB) – Utah ST – 6’2″/235
      Damien Wilson (ILB) – 6’0″/245
      Davis Tull (OLB) – UT Chat – 6’3″/246
      Kyle Emanuel (OLB) – ND State – 6’3″/251
      Davis Tull (OLB) – UT Chat – 6’3″/246
      Laurence Gibson – (OT) – VA Tech 6’6″/305
      Chris Bonner – (QB) – CO State-Pueblo – 6’7″/235 (6700yds/63 TDs/17 INTs)
      Cam Worthy – (WR) – ECAR – 6’2″/211
      DeVante Davis – (WR) – UNLV – 6’3″/220

      • NJ49er says:

        I cut one guy off at the bottom –
        Geremy Davis – (WR) – UCONN – 6’2″/216
        46 Games – 165 Recs / 2292 YDs / 13.9 Avg –

        Just added him after I saw the Pro Day results –
        Decent size – Good Speed – See where/if he gets the Card on Draft Weekend.

        Kid put up 23 Reps on the bench in Indy too.
        He didn’t run in Indy but, apparently turned in 4.3-4.4 times on Campus.

  29. Nipper says:

    Many are called but few can serve.

  30. Berger says:

    Our roster is not quite as strong as what Harbaugh had but I think we have better coaching. I’m not throwing in the towel on the upcoming season. I’m actually excited about it. Our defense had good stats last year but there were times we were just passive and could not get off the field. Nothing to say about the offense, the scheme was just dominated by opposing coaches. Even our own players were calling out the “dumb schemes”. Our half time adjustments might have been the worst in the history of the NFL. Opposing coaches were in Harbaugh’s head. There is zero doubt that Harbaugh would have had a really tough season with our diminishing talent. With the new coaching staff there is hope.

    I doubt this draft will have much effect on the upcoming season but is will have an affect on future seasons. Outside of 2012 Baalke has done well. We need that to continue.

  31. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, a lot is predicated on just figuring out how to call plays in a reasonable semblance of cohesiveness and consistency.

    After hearing that Solari, Morton, Chryst, and Roman all had their hands in the play calling depending on situation made me think that Harbaugh had put forth a nonsensical way to run an offense. One I had never ever heard of. It is no wonder we couldn’t get plays in on time.

    The defense will be weaker, but all we need to do is be more consistent as well in getting pressure. Fangio’s defense went very hot and old with the pressure. There were games where we ran stunts and confused offenses, and then went generic and played it 4 man rush all game. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it failed miserably.

    New thread is up.

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