The Draft is In . . .

Here they are, your 2018 draft class.

Round 1,Pick 9: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Round 2, Pick 12 (No. 44 overall): Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
Round 3, Pick 6 (No. 70 overall): Fred Warner, OLB, BYU
Round 3, Pick 31 (No. 95 overall): Tarvarius Moore, S, Southern Mississippi
Round 4, Pick 28 (No. 128 overall): Kentavius Street, DE, North Carolina State
Round 5, Pick 5 (No. 142 overall): D.J. Reed, DB, Kansas State
Round 6, Pick 10 (No. 184 overall): Marcell Harris, DB, Florida
Round 7, Pick 5 (No. 223 overall): Jullian Taylor, DT, Temple
Round 7, Pick 22 (No. 240 overall): Richie James, WR, Middle Tennessee State

Well, kind of a mixed bag of nuts in this the 2nd iteration of the Lynch/Shanahan draft. We started the draft with 9 picks, and we ended with 9 picks, but there were a few machinations around these picks.

I’m down with the first 4.  All these guys bring superior speed to their respective positions.

We traded Trent Brown after getting our future tackle in Mike McGlinchey, a much better match for our outside running game and zone blocking scheme (and new speed back Jerick Mckinnon).

We traded up to get Dante Pettis, son of Gary Pettis, outfielder for the California Angels among other teams. A versatile and fast WR that can play the slot, out wide, and is a great return guy to boot.

Fred Warner is a hard-hitting, fast edge linebacker who either complements Reuben Foster or replaces him for a little while.

Tarvarious Moors is a lanky safety who is very fast and who more than likely will be a slot CB in the mold of Jimmie Ward.

The most intriguing (and risky) pick is Kentavius Street. A high 2nd round projection pick until he tore his knee up in his pro day or some shit. He’s on the shelf this year, but for a DE that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. His numbers are an eye-popping 4.87 40 yard time at 280 lb, he squatted 700 lb, He needs the seasoning of an NFL camp, adn he should be able to ad strength to his quickness. Yeah, it’s in the ilk of a Trent Baalke special, but hey, as a late 4th rounder, we’ll see.

The rest round out to be special teamers and backups, but as we saw last year, some of our later picks turned into gems. Reed is a scrappy undersized corner who went to my wife’s community college, Cerritos College.

Marcell Harris is a strong safety type who is also coming off an injury, an achilles tear. Another risk/reward scenario with Harris. He was cleared to practice prior to the combine, so he looks to be healed up from his injury.

Julian Taylor DT, is another quick big man who ran a sub-5 second 40 at 294 lb. He is also coming off injury but ran this time after healing up, so he adds depth and quickness to the D line.

Ritchie James is (yet another) injury guy who is (yet another) slot WR. He had close to 3,000 yards his first 2 college seasons till injuries slowed him down last year.  We seem to have a lot of slot guys now as he is of the 5’20, 183 lb size that Trent Taylor is.

A solid B (maybe B- with all the hope picks at the back end) when you look at this draft, but when you throw in the addition of Jimmy Garoppolo, center Weston Richberg, RB Jerick McKinnon, and CB Richard Sherman, the team looks a lot different (and better) than last year, I give them an A.

Bring it on!

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71 Responses to The Draft is In . . .

  1. Nipper says:

    No Cheer is down in the dumps over on the “other” blog. Perhaps he needs a “pep talk” from Unca Chuck to get his spirits back. Of course he wouldn’t be himself if he was a happy camper.

    • Lurker John says:

      What’s he down in the dumps about, the continuing resurrection of the 49ers? This is a great time to be a fan, the start of another great era in 49ers football. We get to see it all happen.

  2. Winder says:

    I think we will be lucky if half of those injured players end up on the team. They took the gamble because there really aren’t a whole lot of spots left to fill. High risk/high reward.

  3. Lurker John says:

    We’ll have to see how these guys pan out, as with every draft. After reading Winder’s link and some other articles as well, I feel pretty good about things overall. Lots of speed and the more I read about Reed the more I like him. Even though only 5’9″, he’s supposed to be a real ball-hawk and scrapper, not afraid of any receiver, and who will also come up on running backs and not blink twice. My gut tells me he’ll make the team, at least as added depth for the secondary, or a guy who contributes in a big way.

    Of course the elephant in the room is the lack of an edge rusher, but those guys just weren’t there in this draft. The Niners will have to make due some other way. Maybe Eli Harold blossoms, or maybe Fred Warner and his speed surprise on that front, who knows. The linebacking corps in general should be more solid this year, with or without Rueben, with the return of Smith and the draft class.

    OTA’s up next, then we can start to see how these guys perform at the next level. Should be fun to follow their progress and that of the team in general. Lot to look forward this year and I’m champing at the bit.

  4. NJ49er says:

    Can’t knock the Draft in terms of positions picked.
    Thought we went a little high on Warner and Streets, tho both guys made the grade for me.

    But…smarter guys than I get paid for these decisions and, I’m willing to see how it all evolves.
    Biggest question remains in where’s the big WR?
    Seems we’re overstocked in the Slot though speed is always in fashion.
    EqStBrown was there in RD6. Thought it odd.
    But…Roster cuts coming now too.
    Add a Vet Cap casualty?

  5. Lurker John says:

    Given what little I know about these guys, but adding in what I’ve read, I think B is a fair grade. Even though Jimmy was acquired for a pick, I tend to leave him out of that grade because he’s a 4-year man and much more of a known commodity. Either way, he’s a Niner and everybody is pretty stoked about it. Game one seems like light years away.

  6. Lurker John says:

    The team should have a lot more depth this year than last, a very good thing given the way injuries are in the league these days, and competition for all spots should be fierce, another very good thing.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    The only reason I (and lots of others) count Garoppolo is because we used this draft’s 2nd round pick to get him. And even with his 4 games subbing for Brady, he’s not really too much of a known commodity. 5 more games still isn’t a full load to judge by, but this is the NFL. Show anything and you get the big money. Just ask Matt Cassell. He got a gazzillion $$$ to lead KC to a 23-41 record on the back of leading NE to a 11-5 record. Can’t believe he’s still in the league.

    Still and all, I’m SO glad we weren’t in the mix for this batch of QBs. None of them look to me to be nearly as good as what we have.

  8. NJ49er says:

    The simple upside to Jimmy in terms of a Draft Pick is his pedigree.
    Having been in the shadows of TB, and being involved with a Pro Program, simply puts him way ahead of the Rookie Class in terms of development.

    Scariest Picks in any Draft come with QBs IMO.
    They typically get over-hyped, come into the NFL with loads of expectations and, almost always shrink in the spotlight of Pro speed and talent. Few, if any, ever run a College Offense remotely similar to the Pro Offenses either.
    Given the odds, he was worth the gamble of a 2nd RD Pick over anything the Rookie hype could possibly deliver.
    I’ve always believed in gambling in the Mid-Late RDs on any position that requires development.
    Why spend Top 10 money on any guy that isn’t ready to deliver as a Pro, especially the guy that is required to run the Offense?

    WRs are a close 2nd in that conversation.
    Seeing as they didn’t gamble on any of the ‘big targets’ this time around, I’m hoping they make a strong push for a Cap Casualty who, like Jimmy, has at least spent time in the Pros learning the ropes. Puts any of them miles ahead of the kids at the front door who haven’t even sniffed the rigors of the Pro game yet.
    Major difference between College Classes and travel by comparison to weight programs and daily practices expected as a Pro.

    Whole new World in terms of being ready to play for pay.

  9. NJ49er says:

    I see they picked up the 5th year option on Armstead today too.
    Not a bad move IMO. Like Ward, he’s got to stay healthy if he plans on keeping his job beyond next year.
    Ward, while talented, should be well aware of the number of guys Drafted this weekend that are likely to be competing for his job now.
    Armstead isn’t feeling that sort of pressure just yet simply because if the weak Class of options this year.
    Both he, and Harold, have the chance to prove they belong, if they can simply contribute on Sundays this year.

    • Lurker John says:

      I think it’s a good move too, but I do think Armstead had better start producing, soon, or he’ll be gone in fairly short order. He’s done next to nothing so far.

      • Berger says:

        I disagree. Armstead is a beast. He is major kick ass on the field. A stat person would not appreciate what he does. He doesn’t do stats, he just bottles everything up. He is a lot like Justin Smith. He pushes people straight back and usually command the double teams because he is so disruptive. We are a much better defense when he is on the field.

  10. rtfirefly2 says:

    Only 14 guys left from B.SL (before Shanny/Lynch).

    That’s how you rebuild a team in 16 months.

    • NJ49er says:

      Stability is a blessing RT. Roster overhaul was a given in terms of getting every player into a System that fits their abilities.
      So far, so good I’d say.

  11. NJ49er says:

    Even the move to come up for Pettis will have to be a wait-and-see situation.
    I originally thought he was undersized. Production numbers are outstanding and, I couldn’t help but compare him to Jerry in terms of size.
    Give or take an inch or 2 in height, Pettis certainly has the speed to make a difference.
    Again, never a good thing to put too much in terms of expectations on a Rookie.

    However, being a 2nd RD Pick, Pettis can likely earn his stripes in situational roles like PR duty and, perhaps, the occasional WR Sets that will get him involved early.
    I can feel comfortable in the fact that Shanny likely has plans for him already.

    Trent Taylor has his work cut out for him to turn it up a notch too, given the competition they’ve put around him as well.
    I’m not one to Grade Draft Picks other than to determine if needs were filled.
    In that regard, they appear to have taken care to fill critical positions of need.
    Now, it comes down to the kids they selected to make a contribution.
    For that to happen, they need chances to play.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I think Trent’s fine; Pettis is going to be moved around and used in all variety of sets.

      I think Bolden, Robinson and my guy McCaffrey are in big trouble.

      • Winder says:

        I was hoping McCsffrey would be our red zone guy.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Interesting, Winder. Mebbe. I just cruised through the Niner roster and we have 12 receivers. LOL, I thought we had maybe 9. I mean, we’ve got guys I forgot even existed (Carter, Dunbar).

        Even keeping 6 on the 53 and 1 on the PS is going to shake out some rotten fruit.

      • rtfirefly says:

        James to the PS maybe. Carter, Dunbar, Burbridge, still leaves two to go?

        Garcon, Goodwin, Taylor, Pettis, and a dogfight for the last two spots?

        Camp should be fun.

  12. Winder says:

    It should be can’t wait to see what our offense can do.

  13. 12th Man says:

    Picking up Armstead”s 5th year kinda squashes the idea of Streets being his replacement in 2019, so I am more confused, why pick a redshirt guy. He still could be I suppose but now the Niners are on the hook with Armstead too, especially if he gets hurt in 2018, they owe him $9m for 2019.

    Armstead has to stay healthy and be productive. Great upside but the ROI on him has been negligible to date.

    • Winder says:

      He might be replacing Blair, he seems to be hurt a lot also. I think they just want to see if he’s a keeper since he supposedly can work multiple positions. Can never have enough tough guys on the Dline.

    • Berger says:

      I heard that this guy Street is special. Winder might have nailed it on the Blair replacement and you and I were probably a bit off on the Armstead scenario? My view is he is all that he is worth waiting for. Sounds like he can be used for any spot on the D-line.

      • Berger says:

        I left out the ‘if’. I meant to say- “My view is if he is all that”

      • 12th Man says:

        For me it’s not whether Street pans out in a years time, it’s why they felt they could afford losing a contributing player this year.

      • Berger says:

        I understand. I don’t see an issue here. Maybe it is just me because many of you do. If we got a 2nd rd player in the 4th then it is worth a year’s wait. Walsh hit on the evaluation, Baalke did not. We will need to see f Lynch/Shanny hits on theirs.

  14. Rob Deluca says:

    We got Tarvarus McFadden

  15. Rob says:

    We’re trying to do what Seattle did and bring in lots of guys to compete at various positions ! also finding scheme fit guys and adding team speed !

  16. Rob says:

    Interesting update

    Ennis has since retracted her statement saying that Foster is innocent and that her bruises and ruptured eardrum were a result of a physical fight with another woman, not the 49ers linebacker. video evidence of that altercation,

    • Lurker John says:

      Day late and a dollar short on that one Rob, it came out last week. DA says he’s moving ahead anyway and any video has yet to be released.

  17. Rob says:

    to repeat
    We got Tarvarus McFadden

    • NJ49er says:

      And paid him handsomely Rob.
      His 40 made a TE look slow too
      Something very wrong when a CB turns in a clunker like that.
      Hope it’s just an abhoration of some kind and he pans out. He can play the position.

    • Lurker John says:

      Don’t know him. What’s his gig?

      • NJ49er says:

        Decent CB from FSU Lurker John – Turned in a 4.67 40 in Indy.
        Wholly putrid in terms of NFL speed for the position.
        Good size, good stats in College but, for an UDFA he’s likely serviceable, if he puts in the work.
        I’ve read that he got a $90K deal as an UDFA too. Extremely high number for a guy that ran the 40 with cinder block cleats.
        Most NFL WRs/TEs/RBs won’t have much of a challenge getting away from a 4.67 CB –

      • NJ49er says:

        I’d suspect he’ll likely go into a Sub-pkg at the SS position with his lack of wheels.
        See what comes…..

        Given the scheme Saleh employs, I’ll have to assume they see a fit for him somewhere.
        I’m not seeing an NFL CB at this point, unless that 4.67 was simply a bad day at the Combine.

      • 12th Man says:

        He ran a confirmed 4.58 at his pro day, knocking over a second off his time, but still not very inspiring.

  18. Lurker John says:

    If Armstead is a beast, Berger, please point to the statistics that bear that assertion out. He hasn’t done squat except get injured.I guarantee you he’s on a short leash with the Niners.

    • 12th Man says:

      I agree with Berger John. Armstead is a heck of a player but always hurt. I cant point to stats necessarily, mostly due to his aformentioned injury history, but he is someone that has to be accounted for.
      Frustrating and I was surprised they picked up his option so soon. If it was me I would have waited till mid season.

      • Lurker John says:

        When has he ever been a heck of a player? He struggles to get leverage on offensive linemen and rarely gets into the backfield. His pass rush has been next to non existent. Argue that they’ve misused him to this point, fine, but a heck of a player? No way, not yet.

    • Berger says:

      A two gapping run stuffer is not a stat guy. What they do is clog things up for others make plays around them. Michael Carter was the best I ever saw at this. What makes Armstead special is he is two gapping run stuffer who can do some decent pass rushing. He will not be easily replaced. You saw how much our run defense got worse last year as soon as he went on the DL. It was painful to watch the runs go to his vacated side until Tank got back in the line-up. I guess you just have to know what to look for. My problem with Armstead is the same as 12th’s, can he stay healthy?

      • Lurker John says:

        So, absent any measureables, your eyeball test tells you he’s a good player. Mine tells me he is not. Very inconsistent. I hope that changes and clearly the Niners are confident it will, but right now he’s a first round bust. Time for the big man to put up or shut up. And stay on the field. If he blossoms into the guy his draft status says he should be, I’ll be the first to sing his praises. Until then, color me skeptical.

      • Berger says:

        Obviously Lynch and Shanahan disagree with you because they did pick up his 5th year option. He is a heck of a player and the fact you can’t see it I have no explanation. You and I will agree to disagree and I will leave it at that.

  19. Nipper says:

    Anyone follow the Sharks? I’m not a fan and I don’t know any of the players. Yet it’s the playoffs and I know in hockey that’s important. Do any of you football guys feel the same? TV doesn’t do that game justice. So mostly I ignore the whole thing.

    • Lurker John says:

      I follow the NHL. The Sharks lost a tough OT game last night and they’re in a battle royale with Vegas. Playoff hockey rocks.

    • Winder says:

      I used to go watch the seals when they were in town. Live hockey is great, not a lot of scoring but plenty of action.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I do follow the Warriors, though. Team down 7, can’t buy a bucket… Off the bench, Boom! 3! Couple of turnovers showing he’s still rusty, but also a 35 footer. Fast break shows up. They look like a whole new team, one that can get by a great Rockets team next round. Up 3 at half.

      He’s baaa-ack!

  20. NJ49er says:

    This Pick has some potential in terms of ‘Who the heck is he?’

    • Lurker John says:

      Stud athlete. Looking forward to seeing what this guy can do. His speed alone make me drool.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Even if we just send Pettis on fly routes, I’m down with that. A different look is a good thing. Even as a decoy. I think Pettis can come in and contribute fairly quickly.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Huh.That took 9 hours to post . . .

    • rtfirefly says:

      They can do crazy stuff: Goodwin, Pettis, Taylor, McKinnon attacking defenses from all angles with small, quick guys with breakaway speed.

      On Rich Eisen today, Lynch mentioned Taylor, McKinnon, and Juice as far as receivers. I think Kyle’s already inventing things in his sleep.

  22. Lurker John says:

    Pettis is a playmaker with a good football IQ. I’m betting KS and Jimmy G can find ways to get him the ball in space.

  23. unca_chuck says:

    That’s the big takeaway from this draft. Team speed. Warner is a very fast LB.

    • NJ49er says:

      I got him at the Combine with a 4.67/40 Chuck – Not what I’d consider fast given he’s only 230LBs.
      I did have him on my Wish List due to stats – 49 games and 264 TKLs ain’t too shabby.
      Sometimes a 40 is deceiving, if play speed and instincts are above average, which is where he’s likely ahead of the curve.

      As long as Saleh finds him capable of doing what’s needed, I’m good with it.

  24. 12th Man says:

    E. Reid joins Kap in filing for collusion against the NFL, uses the same lawyer.

    Football is an entertainment business. Choosing to protest during the National Anthem, when 99% of the fans are standing cap in hand, raises the player profile and that’s not a good thing when seeking employment.

    These things were easy to predict.

    Protest all you want, on your own dime.

  25. Rob says:

    Final draft impressions … after the initial head scratching !

    1 (9) Mike McGlinchey,
    2 (44) Dante Pettis,
    3 (70) Fred Warner,
    4 (128) Kentavius Street,

    • Rob says:

      In free agency we added Sherman and upgraded with Richburg and Mckinnon ! Not a bad offseason !

  26. Rob says:

    IMO if you add in all the returning players who went on IR last year we’re even a better team than the one that went 6-1 over the last seven games last season !!!

  27. Winder says:

    Rob- You don’t like Tavarius Moore? I think he will be one of the better ones when everything is said and done.I also like the Harris pick because he is supposed to be a bruiser. The kid from Temple just might make it also.

  28. Irish Kevin says:

    On KNBR they were comparing Tarvarious Moors to Merton Hanks in build and speed

  29. unca_chuck says:

    Moore is a taller faster version of Jimmie Ward. I think he’ll be on the field pretty quickly. I like the pick.

  30. Winder says:

    I am warming up to this draft. At first i thought it was underwhelming. Mostly because of all the injury players but I can see what they are doing in the high risk/ high reward as far as the players go. There really isn’t a whole lot of spots open since we get so many back from the IR that they are just hoping someone out of those will step up.

  31. Nipper says:

    Yeah it’s a time to be optimistic about the draftees. Shanahan and Lynch have a good team to acquire players and in contrast to the “other” blog we should be hopeful for the coming season.

  32. unca_chuck says:

    NJ, 40 times are bullshit for linebackers. How do you quantify reaction time? Coverage ability? Trailing and cleaning up plays?

    Bowman ran a 4.7 40 time
    Willis, a 4.51

    All the reports I’ve heard about the guy is his superior motor and his instincts.

  33. unca_chuck says:

    new threads up.

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