Draft Day One is Done

Well, well. In a reversal of the usual obscure/odd/baffling 1st round pick, Trent Baalke went with the guy who most of the draftniks predicted would come here. And that would be one Arik Armstead, the defensive lineman from Oregon. He was able to get his guy and get 2 picks from SD in the process. A 4th this year, and a 5th next year. Not bad at all. The guy hasn’t put up huge numbers, but is very big and very fast. The intriguing numbers for him are 6’7″, 295 lb, with room to grow. Fast enough to play power forward for a Division 1 basketball program for 2 years. His 40 times are of the 5 second range, nothing spectacular, but his value is in his burst and his quickness off the line. Something he’s shown flashes of.

There are concerns about his commitment and his motor at times, and he does have the dreaded work-in-progress tag on him, but still and all, Jim Tomsula has certainly gotten a lot more out of a lot less. This doesn’t look to be Baalke’s Balmer . . .

Today? Well a lot of guys I thought would be available, aren’t. Byron Jones being the biggest surprise to me. Dallas needed a running back and a pass rusher, so they took a CB. The guy I wanted. Another guy who went in the 1st who I wanted was Stephone Anthony. He’s going to NO as part of the Jimmy Graham trade. I think NO got the better end of this deal, as Seattle doesn’t look like a good fit for a non-blocking TE.

My wish today? Jalen Strong. Maybe with the extra 4th round pick garnered in trading down 2 spots can yield Jalen. If not him, then maybe Sammie Coates from Auburn.3rd round? Well, I’d say CB. Still hoping Alex Carter is still on the board.

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51 Responses to Draft Day One is Done

  1. bakkentom says:

    Still trying to digest all of the picks the last two years. Fangio needed perfection on the field with little game time for them. Medical red shirting. On DLine starter ability for Tank and Dial still a question. Okoye still an athletic promise. Huge potential added yesterday needs development. 3-4 DE takes longer to develop than 4-3 DT. IMO this unit drags down the defense and coupled with the ILB exodus and Bowman’s miracle recovery yet to be seen it cannot be assumed top 10 is achievable.

    My naive wish for today is bundling of all day 3 picks into today. We have all the day 3 depth players still from 2014 draft. Future WR1 in Darren Waller. A day 1 quality Chris Conley hidden at a UGA caveman offense. Jesse James a possible Graham-Gronk pass TE. Expect a run on ILB before pick #46. These better targets are needed to overcome an unproven OC and QB coach.

  2. NJ49er says:

    I’m in for the same effort bakkentom.
    Baalke maneuvers the Board very well.
    It’s all about finding willing partners of course.
    Great value in RDs 2-4.
    Have to stick in RD4 and 7 with Comp Picks.
    Everything else is open for moves for me as well.

    I’m the end, Arik didn’t excite me.
    I hope he proves to be a Scouting highlight over an overhyped ‘potential star’.
    Show me some heart and desire and I’m in

  3. NJ49er says:

    College talent is one thing.
    Few make it big as Pros.

    A GM has to have a crystal ball to determine how many guys have the work ethic to succeed at the NFL level.
    As was said last night, it’s not the end of the line to get selected, it’s the beginning of the toughest job to master.

    • bakkentom says:

      After Aaron Lynch to me no worries about D staff and D locker room to get their heads straight and motivated. AA needs to transform his body with diet and weight room. His basketball days are behind him.

      Repetition breeds instinct. None of these guys can perform this year like the best years of Justin Smith and Ray McDonald. Need these guys to occupy blockers in the run D so ILB’s can clean up. The talent should be up to speed for 2016. It starts up front and just do not see our LB’s doing well with a young DLine in front. Most snaps need to go to the young, not the old DD.

  4. rtfirefly says:

    Interesting – I looked up a guy I really wanted the Niners to get in 2010. Jason Pierre-Paul went 15th (!!!). Two-time Pro-Bowler DE, he suffered a herniated disc in 2013, but came back to get 12.5 sacks in 2014. A herniated disc is a killer for any guy, but especially a D-lineman of his height. But – he’s still a Giant stud. Chalk one up for me.

    Armstead can’t or hasn’t pass rushed, but he’s going to be a run-stuffing nose and we all know how Walsh loved to stockpile quality noses. It’s a lot harder to sub players now with the proliferation of hurry-up offenses, so it’s a open question if, on the series he plays, Armstead will be useless on pass rushing downs.

    I’ll never criticize a run-stuffing nose as a choice, though – especially not with the imminent (eventual?) retirement of Justin. We’ll just have to wait 2-4 years to start judging the pick.

  5. rtfirefly says:

    Here’s an excerpt from an article in csnbayarea. Of course in the article Baalke gets the player wrong.

    “Perhaps Baalke was also alluding to Richard Seymour, whom the New England Patriots selected with the No. 6 overall pick in 2001. Seymour (listed at 6-6, 298 coming out of college) recorded just 1.5 sacks in his final season at Georgia.

    Here’s what draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. wrote about Seymour in his 2001 Draft Report:

    ‘Finished the past season with just 1 ½ sacks, appearing at times to lack the burst to the QB that is necessary to wreak havoc against quality centers and guards on a consistent basis. . . While his physical ability speaks for itself, there is room for improvement. Whether he has the closing ability to become a dominating inside pass rusher is up for debate.’

    Seymour left no room for debate during his 12-year NFL career, though. Playing the same position in which the 49ers envision Armstead, Seymour recorded 57.5 sacks and was named to seven Pro Bowls and first-team All-Pro three times.”

    Mel Kiper, Jr. strikes again! How does that dude have a job?

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Like I said, RTF, Tomsula has gotten a lot more out of a lot less. I think AA should be fine. And if he can come on late in the season, having AA and Aldon as bookend pass rushers, shit could get pretty interesting.

  7. rtfirefly says:

    Yeah, I was picturing him as a nose because I read he’s a (very rare) five technique lineman. Now, I don’t have a clue what that means so I’ll leave it to Berger to translate. Where is Reno? I would’ve thought he’d have chimed in on Armstead by now…

  8. unca_chuck says:

    All a 5-technique lineman means is that he is lined up outside the outside shoulder of the OT, as opposed to a 4 where he would line up directly opposite the tackle.

  9. rtfirefly says:

    Well, I hate to break it to you, Chuck, but Harbaugh was forced out. Willis and Borland retired because we are now in full rebuilding mode. Gore didn’t even for a second consider staying because Harbaugh/Roman are gone.

    5-11. Someone has to be the voice of reason on your blog.

    • Lurker John says:

      Why would Borland lie about his reasons for retiring? Coming off a promising rookie season and with a tremendous upside, he fabricates a story about possible future head injuries to cover the fact that he thinks the 49ers are now in “rebuilding mode” because Harbaugh was “forced out?”

      Not buying it dude.

  10. ” I think AA should be fine.”

    What the fuck do you know about AA? Ever attend a meeting? Ever bring the donuts and make the coffee? Ever listen to the same sorry POS sob story over and over and over again about how some fucking well-educated mook who had the world by the short hairs only to waste his talent and throw away his life’s ambitions because the only solace he found came from the bottom of the bottle?

  11. robbiedeluca says:

    I want devin smith

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Fuck off, Dennis. I didn’t make the call, dumbass. Baalke did. What do you know? Except for hurting yourself whe sitting an feeding the ducks is too much for you to handle. You and the hipsters can happily beat tbe anti-Jed drum and feel like part of something.

    Still waiting for the 2010 Giants to loae the World Series?

    • Jesus H. fucking Christ. Check your goddamn spell-check/auto-correct or whatever the fuck it is that you don’t use before you post. This *is* your blog. Show a little pride for chrissakes. Trying to read your jumbled and misspelled entries is frustrating beyond belief.

  13. HOF’er Willie Brown just announced the Raiders 2nd rd. pk. I met Willie on many occasions as his son, Willie Jr., also attended St. Jerome’s in El Cerrito. He was a year ahead of me so we didn’t interact much.

    Brown’s career ended in ’78. His son was an 8th Grader in ’79. I in ’80. That SOB picked up his kid on a daily basis in his yellow 500SL Mercedes Benz that entire year. I’ll give ’em that.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Sorry ROB!!! Jets got Smith

  15. Funchess to the Panthers. Burn baby burn, Reno inferno. Burn baby burn, burn that Mother down…

  16. unca_chuck says:

    There goes DGB

  17. Like it would have fucking mattered. We don’t have the QB to deliver him the ball in the first place.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Strong’s the best left.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    Sad sadsad, Dennis. I’m sure your mom is spinning right now.

  20. A big reach from the Tree. Another S was our biggest need?

    Changing my prediction again; 2-14. Hey! That’s OK. I’m well versed with 2-14. That’s when Moms got our season tix — ’78. 2-14, 2-14, 6-10 and then Heeeeeeeeeeee!

    It *could* happen again.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah but some of us aren’t hoping for it.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Darren Waller? We should go offense at some poinr

  23. Lurker John says:

    How did Seattle end up not picking until 63?

  24. unca_chuck says:

    They traded their 1st pick for TE Jimmy Graham.

  25. unca_chuck says:

    Eli Harold is a good fit for Mangina’s 3-4.

    • Lurker John says:

      Niners have 3 4th round picks, could do some damage there. No wideouts yet, maybe we see one there. What do you guys think about Tartt? An unknown and at a position the Niners appear set at. Do they not think much of Reid’s future?

    • Lurker John says:

      Hey, Mel “Fucking” Kiper states that Harold is “a little stiff coming off the edge.” What Mel says goes. He’s right, what, 8-10% of the time?

  26. Lurker John says:

    I’ve gotta wonder if Kiper ever even played flag football in junior high school, you know, in PE class or something. What qualifies this hack for Grand Prognosticator of NFL drafts?

  27. unca_chuck says:

    Its more Bethea they are covering for LJ. Reid’s a free safety. Bethea and Tartt are atrong safeties.

  28. unca_chuck says:

    And Bethea us 31 I think.

  29. robbiedeluca says:

    Harold is a little stiff ?! Oh boy !!!

  30. Lurker John says:

    Yeah, he’s 31 Chuck, but coming off a pro bowl season. I have to question how much of a need this is with holes to fill at corner, still at LB and wideout.

  31. unca_chuck says:

    ROB, I heard that Cox was real stiff coming out of college…

    • Don’t you worry about my buddy Rob and his lack of a real good stiff Cox. I got Rob all set up for tomorrow in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby with the #6 Mubtaahij (IRE) with jockey Christophe Soumillon aboard.

      Who needs Cox when your trainer is Mike de Kock?

  32. unca_chuck says:

    Shit I’m more concerned about CB. I can’t begin to guess
    Baalke’s strategy. ILB is a greater need to me as well.

    • bakkentom says:

      Is HArold a possible Jack ILB the Willis role. He is light for an olb and he is fast still a bit slower than 52. Pick 46 may be worried about Reid concussion. Methinks it is prove it time for Colin. Torrey smith and 2 lb Simpson are enuf. Next off season Colin is traded for a top QB pick and x number of picks if he cannot find receivers.

  33. unca_chuck says:

    I suppose they could, Tom, but Harold has played OLB his 3 years in college. I’d think he’d have to get bigger to move inside.

  34. bakkentom says:

    Baalke screwed the pooch on this draft. Nothing for O. Too many draft picks in camp that will go the chiefs, browns, and raiders on final cut day. Unless there is a higher strategy like planning to trade Colin I cannot figure this out. Talent disaster. WR1 and ILB were the priorities. WTF

  35. Berger’s inconspicuous absence this evening speaks volumes about these latest two draft picks: “If you don’t have anything nice to say…” I completely understand. But something *needs* to be said. And I’ll be goddamn if I don’t say it…

    Fuck this shit! Jaquiski Tartt? And I was bitchin’ at you on the phone about the possibility about drafting someone with the name Benardrick. I see your Benardrick and raise you a Jaquiski. No fucking way on God’s green earth does anyone named Jaquiski make a name for himself in the NFL.

    Jaquiski? His brothers from another mother include Mitsubishi, Kawaski and David Leisure. Better known as “Joe Isuzu.”

    I’ll leave on a good note: in honor of the Kentucky Derby tomorrow I give you Ray Charles and “One Mint Julep…” I believe Chuck was throwing around the word “Hipster” earlier. Well, I don’t give a flying fuck who you are. This song is the epitome of hip.

  36. snarkk says:

    Does Baalke plan on scoring any points this season?…

    • bakkentom says:

      It’s called throwing a fight. Opposing DC’s bribed him. Follow the money. Fuck this. Look what the bears did and compare to this shit.

  37. bakkentom says:

    If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance then baffle them with bullshit. He is laughing to the bank with bribe money. Jokes on us. Fuck you Trent.

  38. unca_chuck says:

    Blah blah blah. Most of the defections and retirements came on the defensive side of the ball.

    The offense is about the shitty scheme. If they can’t make it go, shit won’t work regardless.

  39. unca_chuck says:

    I certainly didn’t think it would be all defense at this point, but they do need WR help. Hope they do something about this. And pick up some late cuts/castoffs.

    They need CBs too.

  40. unca_chuck says:

    That’s what worries me Nip.

    New thread is up.

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