Yes! The 2018 draft is only one week away! Sure, the NFL has turned it into a corporate clusterfuck travelling circus that spans 6 weeks, or 3 days, or whatever, but it IS actually important. Teams are built and sustained through solid drafting. Just look at Pittsburgh and New England. They usually draft near the bottom of the 1st round yet remain relevant. To see how not to do it, look at the Jets and Browns. They’ve both been near the top of the draft for years, if not decades, yet trip over their dicks just about every time.
Thing is, the Niners were dick-trippers as well under Trent Baalke. His predecessor however, the irrepressible Scotty McCloughan, has parked himself in Cleveland at his latest stop to resurrect a franchise. He dragged the Niners from the depths of hell with his drafts from 2006 to 2010. 2007 (Patrick Willis, Joe Staley among others) has been rated one of the best drafts in NFL history for the past 25 years. He then took his services to Seattle, where he turned them into a Super Bowl champion by drafting Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman.
We have our new braintrust in John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan, and while the Reuben Foster pick looks like a trainwreck, well, we got something out of him. Hard as it is to believe, it isn’t especially easy to know when or if one of your draftees is going to snap and end up being convicted of murder (Rae Carruth, Aaron Hernandez), getting away with murder (Ray Lewis), kill by car (Dontae Stallworth, Leonard Little), or be your garden variety wife-beater (Ray Rice, Ray McDonald, Reuben Foster) or sexual abuser (Ezekiel Elliott, Darren Sharper). But I digress.
Salomon Thomas is still a work in progress, and there are solid contributors on the team from last year’s draft, but we do need more. Still have no idea where we go in the first 2 rounds.