The Closer We Get . . .

. . . the less we know. I figured that after the free agent signing period, we would get a better feel for what we do with our #1 pick, but it remains cloudy with a chance of snow. The big free agent move was, of course, Richard Sherman, but the Niners also addressed the center spot by dealing Daniel Kilgore and signing Weston Richberg from the Giants, Jerry Attachou, DE/OLB/pass rusher from the Chargers, and Jerick McKinnon, a fast RB from the Vikings.

So, they addressed the glaring holes at CB, O line, and pass rusher, and addressed the departure of Carlos Hyde with the McKinnon signing in free agency.  This of course doesn’t answer the problem of depth, but that is what the draft is for.

And with that, what do we do? The options are many and have been addressed by everyone.  Denzel Ward seems to be a lot of people’s picks. And I get it because Richard Sherman is coming off an achilles tear and may not be full strength this season. With all the quarterback frenzy now going on, the draft looks to have 4 QB, maybe even 5, go before the Niners pick, so that could leave a highly coveted guy still available.

Bradley Chubb? No. Saquon Barkley? No. Quentin Nelson? No. Those guys will most likely be gone, but if they are there, we WILL pick one of them. Another interesting name is Derwin James, the safety out of Fla State. With Eric Reid’s likely departure, they may go in that direction despite Tartt, Colbert, McColl, and Jimmie Ward all being available.

There’s also the thought that we could parlay that pick into more by trading down. We could trade down with Cincy at 21 and get ourselves Will Hernandez, the highly rated guard from UTEP. If we could get Cincy’s 1st and a 2nd for our trouble, I’d pull the trigger. Sound good?

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65 Responses to The Closer We Get . . .

  1. Winder says:

    chuck- if we can’t get the 3 guys you mentioned then I would like to see us move back to around 15/16 and take Landry. I think he would be the safest bet and a player that we really need. We really could use so many players that I don’t have a clue.

  2. rob says:

    Tremaine Edmonds or Quenton Nelson

  3. unca_chuck says:

    That’s the hope.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Edmonds will be there. The rest are a pipe dream.

  5. NJ49er says:

    We can only hope the fireworks involve QBs in the Top 3-5 Slots.
    I’m 40/60 that Shanny/Lynch would pull the trigger on an Offensive piece at 9.
    Very possible they could covet an OT but, I also think they could land one lower on the Board.
    OG weighs better to me at 9 than OT.

    Assuming Nelson is gone before 9, I’m thinking Hernandez could be had in the Top 20?
    Again, if I had anything close to slotting skills, I’d be getting paid, somewhere in the ranks of the NFL 😀

    • NJ49er says:

      The addition of JMcKinnon likely removes the need for the RB position early, which I’d assume, they might make a bargain move for one after RD4?
      Very deep position to start with as well.
      Going to focus my options on guys that might elude the broad scope of GM radar at RB.

  6. NJ49er says:

    I was poking around the Pro Day updates and tripped over a piece related to our Scouts and a DT from Temple, Jullian Taylor. Seems we had a ‘working dinner’ with him as well.
    Not too shabby at all now that I followed up on him. Hadn’t seen or read a thing about him until now.

    Jullian Taylor, a player not graded by scouts coming into the year, displayed next-level athleticism during the pro day. Taylor measured 6-foot-4-inches and 295 pounds. He timed as fast as 4.83 in the 40, completed 31 reps on the bench press and touched 33 inches in the vertical jump. He then put that athleticism on display during position drills.

  7. Lurker John says:

    He’s quick off the ball, good at shedding blockers and fast, but it’s hard to tell when he’s playing against middling college talent. Who knows how it’ll transform to the NFL.

    • NJ49er says:

      These are the guys you hope will work harder Lurker John.
      Kudos to the Scouts for finding the small school guys.
      Every once in awhile you find a diamond in the rough for a late RD investment.
      Hurts worse when you pay a guy like JaMarcus who didn’t give a shit once he landed the fat Contract.

      • Lurker John says:

        Absolutely, NJ, but I also wonder how many more picks will be spent on DT’s. I still say Armstead is teetering on the brink of being a bust, so a guy like Taylor may be a good option if he’s still there at a value spot in the draft. He does look like a beast of a ball player, but would he address the still-deficient pass rush problem?

        Frankly, all this mock draft stuff drives me nuts. 5 more weeks until the draft seems like an eternity right now. Baseball can’t get here quick enough, and that’s still a week and a half out.

  8. Lurker John says:

    Grant Cohn seems like a putz. He rips the Niners (maybe legitimately, I don’t know) for botching the attempted free agent signings of Andrew Norwell, Dion Lewis and Talib. Talib is a problem child and locker room tumor, so no issues for me there. Norwell sounds like a guy they would’ve wanted to bring in, an All Pro guard at a position that’s still a big question mark. He chose to sign with the Jags. And Lewis, with his 1,100 yards from scrimmage and 5 yards per carry. As intriguing as McKinnon is, the team is taking some heat in various circles for overpaying for his services (from doomers, not me). Can he be a legitimate option as a featured back, or is he more of a Swiss Army knife kind of guy?

    • NJ49er says:

      I’ve read that Norwell wasn’t the coveted guy Lurker John, Richburg was.
      If memory serves, 5 teams were chasing him and they went hard to get him.

      Shanny feels McKinnon makes guys miss and, went hard for him as well. Something we know Carlos rarely did. He sought collisions.
      I’ll buy what they’re selling when it comes to Shanny’s Offensive vision.
      He’s got some cred there, unlike the Chipster.

      • Lurker John says:

        Yeah, but they wanted Richburg as a center, which is where he’ll play. Norwell is a stud guard, which would really be nice to have. Who knows what Garnett will end up being.

      • Lurker John says:

        In Shanny we trust, for sure, but the question is did they settle because they couldn’t get the other guys.

  9. rob says:

    Cohn sounds like a putz because he is a putz !

  10. rob says:

    Guard seems to be our biggest need. The fact that that’s a strong position in the draft tells me something about the front office !

  11. rob says:

    We should be able to come out of it with either Nelson , Hernandez or Wynn !

  12. rob says:

    Next on the list Edge rusher and WR . Rds. 2-4 probably . We have a 2nd , two 3rds. and a 4th !

  13. rob says:

    Cap casualties are coming up so we might find somebody there too !

  14. Winder says:

    There is just way to much information about players out there. At this point I would pick the BPA throughout the draft. I think we just need to upgrade a few positions and we should be in great shape to contend maybe playoffs but that is probably next year, right on schedule. This is also the time of year when everyone is blowing smoke out of the asses. Definitely secret squirrel shit.

  15. alleykat69 says:

    Shanny’s very high on McKinnon athleticism and matchups schemes against a LB and the way they will line him up maybe in the slot and guess what swing passes.Film from when he was Minnesota showed some big runs and pass plays especially.Think Shannys got a gem 💎 in him.

  16. rob says:

    Eric Decker is on the market ! Any thoughts ?

  17. alleykat69 says:

    Niners just signed Guard Jonathan Cooper.
    Shaking up that draft pick some more?

    • NJ49er says:

      Just saw that Alleykat.
      Cooper is a good addition.
      Screws Jerruh too.
      Dilly Dilly to that 😀

  18. Winder says:

    Cooper is a scheme fit and hopefully he is over his knee injury. Great addition to the team. After watching the Sherman video on the Niner team page I find I don’t hate him anymore and think he’s gonna work out just fine being a Niner.

    • Lurker John says:

      He definitely is a guy you love to hate when he’s on a rival team, but love when he’s on your team. If he performs, I’m sure all of us will become big Richard Sherman fans. For me to even concede that possibility is pretty mind-blowing, because in all my years as a sports fan, over all the major sports since the late ’60’s, I can’t think of too many guys I despised more than Sherman. He can be very well-spoken when he has a mind to.

      Time for me to move on and embrace him as a Niner, because he could be a huge piece. Big if with the type of injury he had, but a huge potential upside at a position that the 49ers desperately need to upgrade.

  19. Winder says:

    Tis the season. One of the best LFers I have ever seen. Always wished he was a Giant.

    • Berger says:

      My favorite Ricky quote was when he was told the veterans with tenure get to sit in the back of the bus. Ricky said: Tenure? I’ve got 20 year!

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Sherman is basically Draymond Green in football pads. A pain in the as to everyone but his teammates. He garners a ton of respect but a lot of animosity among players and fans alike.

  21. Nipper says:

    GO TEAM!

  22. unca_chuck says:

    Allen Hurns released by the Jags. Good size, decent speed, but he’s allergic to grass! A good red-zone guy.

  23. alleykat69 says:

    Allergic to Grass?
    Now that’s got me lmao..
    The other part was funny to,
    “That’s like Joey Chestnut allergic to hotdogs!”
    Guess Hurns better sign with a team that plays on artificial turf..,

    • rob says:

      I think Garnett will start at one guard spot. Gilliam OT and Cooper C/G as the backups. Beadles is a two time pro-bowl guard and an 8 year pro who never missed a game until last year ! I’m not sure what’s up with him . Tomlinson played better last year !

  24. unca_chuck says:

    Crazy. I can see where jimi got some of his moves . . .

  25. unca_chuck says:

    Too funny! Never heard this one.

  26. Winder says:

    chuck- This is most likely where Jimi got his moves

  27. Winder says:

    I will stop now

  28. unca_chuck says:

    Those unis, man. It was hard to look like a bad-ass with a winking pirate on your helmet.

  29. rob says:

    Was living just south of tampa when Gruden coached these guys to the Superbowl win . Pretty cool ! Lynch reminded me a little of Ronnie Lott when he played !

  30. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, he was a ‘get it done at all costs’ kind of guy. Very similar to Ronnie. Although Ronnie played CB as well as the highest level.

    • rob says:

      Nobody is Ronnie for sure,he could take over a game. Lynch’s style of play was similar tho, he was fun to watch !

  31. unca_chuck says:

    Oh yeah. Being a Stanford guy helped too. Sawe him a couple times back in the day down on the Farm.

  32. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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