With so little to talk about (except Skeebers) infatuation with a certain someone), the Supplemental draft is coming up on July 11th. Yeah, its 2 weeks away, but there’s nothing but baseball now, and the Giants are semi-riveting, semi-boring, and semi-in-the-race at this point. Fun? Sure, but this looks to be a strong season by the 49ers, and I can’t wait for the games to start.
The supplemental draft, started in 1977, is in place for players whose eligibility has changed since the official draft, and is kinda wiggly in the process of how players are drafted, if any are drafted at all. All a team has to do is say what round they’d like to use to pick the guy, and they lose that pick in next year’s draft. If someone wants to jump them with a higher pick, they can. In the last eight years of the Sup draft, three guys have been drafted:
- QB Terrelle Pryor by the Raiders (3rd round) – 2011
- WR Josh (what, me worry?) Gordon by the Brownies (2nd round) – 2012
- OT Isaiah Battle by the Rams (5th round) – 2015
Amazingly, all these guys are still in the league. Although Pryor is now a wide receiver, Gordon has been suspended for the better part of the last 3 years, and Battle has bounced from team to team, and taxi squad to taxi squad. Of note, Ahmad Brooks was a 3rd round Sup pick by the Bengals in 2006.
The guys who are garnering the most interest form the Niners, (and the rest iof the league) are:
- Former Mississippi State DB Brandon Bryant
- Former Western Michigan CB Sam Beal
- Former Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander
As the defensive backfield is a concern heading into the season, the more depth the 49ers can garner, the better. The 49ers are fairly interested in at least a couple of these guys as they attended CB Adonis Alexander’s workout last week, and are planning on attending safety Brandon Bryant’s workout today. Bryant is getting the most press for being a possible starter in the league. I think we are pretty good at safety, and don’t think we will get him.
Adonis Alexander on the other hand brings size, speed, and solid cover ability. He’s 6’3, 207 lb, and ran a 4.24 40. Impressive and teams should be drooling over this guy. They are, but the problem is his off-field issues. He’s in the Sup draft because he was declared academically ineligible for his 2018 season due to various pot and team-related suspensions. His motor is inconsistent, and his desire is iffy, so there’s a large red flag on the guy.
Not sure we are in the market for another iffy character guy, but shit, at that size and speed, someone is going to sign this guy, Sup draft or no . . . A guy like Sherm could possibly get into the guy’s head and straighten his shit out. Worth at least getting him into the building for a chat.
I wonder what his issues with the team were, pot is a pretty common one but if he’s a true knucklehead then I think Lynch would pass.
Yeah, it was unspecified as to what the issues were.
Hey, Nipper, you out there??
You know I think we might need another DB on the roster ! Hey maybe we should draft all three !
Exum Jr., Antone
38 S 27 6’0″ 219 5 Virginia Tech –
46 S 23 6’2″ 199 R Georgia Tech –
49 S 24 6’0″ 208 R Florida –
43 S 23 6’2″ 208 1 Boise State –
36 S 28 5’11” 195 5 Arkansas State –
27 S 26 6’4″ 220 3 Tulsa –
45 S 21 6’2″ 193 R Southern Miss –
30 S 24 6’2″ 211 3 Ohio State –
35 S 26 6’1″ 213 6 LSU –
40 S 24 6’0″ 210 4 Alabama –
29 S 26 6’1″ 221 4 Samford –
20 S 26 5’11” 193 5 Northern Illinois –
Ball Marcus S
Colbert Adrian S
4 CB 28 5’11” 180 5 Utah State –
31 CB – 6’0″ 200 1 Washburn –
14 CB 28 6’4″ 220 3 California (PA) –
30 CB 28 5’10” 183 5 Cal Poly –
26 CB 23 5’10” 204 1 St. Francis (PA) –
40 CB 24 6’3″ 209 1 Iowa State –
26 CB 24 6’2″ 200 2 Iowa –
33 CB 21 6’2″ 205 R Florida State –
41 CB 22 5’11” 184 R Tennessee –
38 CB 27 6’0″ 191 2 Auburn –
Reed Jr., D.J.
40 CB 21 5’9″ 188 R Kansas State –
25 CB 30 6’3″ 195 8 Stanford –
24 CB 26 5’9″ 183 4 Pittsburgh –
Competition at the DB position is glaringly obvious Rob.
Throw enough at the wall and something eventually sticks I ‘spose?
The Saleh/Seattle scheme succeeding because a good amount of the responsibility fell on Earl Thomas to seal the deep center.
IMO, it takes pressure off the CBs if they’re able to hold their assignments outside the numbers.
Good Press CBs are something I’ve longed for for quite a long time. Me thinks they’re auditioning them in greater numbers now.
Hard to qualify the Supplemental Draft Class either.
I’ve always seen it as bargain basement romp.
These are typically guys with baggage, of some sort or another, that couldn’t sit with the Class or, needed a handler/chaperrone to participate.
Few if any ever seem to have their priorities in order IMO.
Good athletes? No question.
Good responsible individuals capable of growing up after a big NFL pay day is offered? Highly doubtful.
I’d offer Picks between RDs and 4-7 and see what happens, (if at all).
Yeah, if they really like Bryant they can go with a 4th. No higher though.
He might get a 3rd tho.
Wow! 4-time World Cup Champion Germany loses to South Korea and is OUT. Bye bye Germany, no Round of 16 for you for the first time ever! South Korea!!!
That’s like the Patriots losing to the Browns in the wildcard round. How the mighty have fallen. It’s Germany. Heads will roll!
My mistake. Germany didn’t make the Round of 16 before. In 1954!!!
Not too up on the soccer thing, RTF. Though folks here are watching it at work.
Not a soccer fan at all, but I love the World Cup because: a) it’s international competition in a way that the U.S.- and Russia-dominated Olympics aren’t, and; b) it’s high quality soccer in a format that generally penalizes those boring 90 minute 0-0 snoozefests.
In the Round of 16:
10 Euro teams
4(!!) Latin teams (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay! and Mexico!)
and a fight to the death for the last spot between another Latin team, Colombia, and Africa’s last hope Senegal
Nothing says World Cup soccer like the desperate struggle by always-powerful Argentina, with the world’s best player, against power Nigeria for one spot with a tie going to Nigeria. Argentina scored to move on in the last minutes. A game like that is like playoff hockey in the last minutes; you may not care for the sport, but the competition is riveting. The international flavor of fans going berserk over their national team is like no other competition anywhere.
And that’s my last comment on soccer.
Heh heh. Like I said, it’s on all the TVs at work, and I’ve been semi-watching whatever is on. The Iran Portugal game was boring as fuck as Portugal didn’t nothing bu play keep-away for 89 minutes. Iran ended up getting a tie but I don’t think it mattered to them.
Yeah, for this round you pretty much have to know the brackets (2 out of 4 teams advance in each).
Starting Thursday is the single elimination Round of 16 with individual matchups. France vs. Argentina is the most attractive looking, as Argentina’s meh performance in this round left them #2 in their bracket, playing France, #1 in their bracket. Both teams are powerhouses, no gimmes here.
Hey! Welcome back, Nip!! Ha me worried there. Thought you mighta pulled a Twinfan an left this mortal coil. There was talk a long time ago that you two were the same person. Hell of a trick if so . . .
Good article, Kevin. Thanks.
I think the Niners season will be based on 3 things:
Jimmy G.’s health
The D as a unit
If Jimmy and McK stay healthy, I think the overall D is the balance. We switched from a 3-4 to a Seattle-style 4-3 under which caused all kinds of problems. We have lots of good youngsters on the D line, one year of experience with it and that almost-NFL-worst-ever-running-defense of 2016 is going to disappear. The pass defense? That’s your and my guess.
Lots of ifs this year. We don’t have much depth, and no standout talent in the D back 7 except for Reuben, but the talent is there.
TC and preseason is going to be a blast. Lots of positions on this team which aren’t guaranteed. They’re going to be a massacre of cuts to WR and DB.
I’m holding my breath, watching the World Cup for the next month. It’s only a month, and the fun begins.
The San Francisco 49ers 2018 season and me:
Great song but the worst miming ever.
It was 1973!! The same year Pink Floyd introduced the world to 7/4 music (4/4 is standard Western music, Waltz is a dance set at 3/4). Listen to the guitar solo in the following, it’s 7-4. The rest of Money is 4-4!!
Golden Earring wasn’t some schmaltzy Miley Cyrus Justin Bieber teen band. So what? If you listen for the trombones and the trumpets at the song’s climax, I don’t see them either (didn’t notice there were trombones and trumpets in that GREAT song?).
Rambling to give me an excuse to 7-4, which confused the frell out of me at first:
Right. The biggest ‘if’ to me is the pass rush. We’ve gained a lot of speed and one year under the belt of the new defense scheme. All the injuries last year let us take a look at a bunch iof different guys. Esp guys like Colbert and Witherspoon so I think the defense will be better. How much remains to be seen, but not going 3-and-out 10x a game will help the D as well
O line play is my second big concern, though we did get better players on the line.
If the players have bought in like it looks like then barring significant injuries we should be in every game till the end. We showed a no-give up attitude last year and that should carry over. I don’t think we get pushed around by anyone this year.
The LBs and the secondary are the glaring problems with the Niners. Well, that and depth at RB. Folks aren’t happy because we don’t have Odell Beckham at WR. I say nonsense; I want no part of his troubles (unless I have a Sing-like enforcer to keep him sane, even then I’d pass). Dez Bryant with that salary and his age is no picnic, either. Or one with lots of yellowjackets buzzing you and messing with your potato salad.
The Niners are no Super Bowl team yet. But…they’re light years better than when Paraag and whats-his-name (I grew up in Cupertino, someday I’ll look at Google maps to figure out where his cabana and poolhouse are up in the foothills. Probably tried to get into trouble not far from there at some point lol) finally made a good decision.
Seahawks = rebuilding or Carroll just plain done
Cardinals = ? Palmer’s done, will Josh Rosen be great, a bust, or take a couple years to be really good? Patrick Petersen is awesome and the keystone of the D, but he’s aging and not as good as he was 5 years ago. No threat.
Rams = legit. O-line built from the draft and sacrificing a couple years. A head coach who still has acne. Only HC in the league Shanny can look at and say, “Son.” Year 2 of Goff in this offense and the players in LA? After pining for the cultural mecca of St. Louis? We’ll see.
Good ‘Ol Days of 9ers/Rams being legit rivals again RT.
Brings me back a few years at least.
Gurley/Goff ….. Garcon/Goodwin/Garoppolo
We have more G’s so….G-G-G-G-G-ood for us.
Smacks of the 5 D’s of Dodgeball somehow?
Have to work on that 😀
I’m not worried as much about the secondary as I am the DEs. We desperately need to improve our pass rush. Even of the DBs play well and there’s no rush, they’ll get beat.
And yeah, the Hawks have been crippled on D. If Wilson thought he had to carry the team last year, this year is 3x worse.
AZ is treading water as well. They are older and slower.
The Rams are the real deal, but they aren’t going to sneak up on teams like last year. Then again they improved their defense, and have another year under the tutelage of McVay. It may nat be as easy for them this season. Not if we have anything to say about it.
NJ 49er looks like we’re taking the Seattle way and getting guys to compete at each position ! Even tho they all seem about the same talent level they try a bunch of them and hope to hit a home run on one !
Sherman, Tartt , Colbert , Witherspoon , Ward and Kaun williams will make one heck of a secondary ! it’s not a weakness, it’s a strength
RT Money and Time are two of my favorite songs of course ! Richie Blackmore used a bit of this in Smoke on the Water !
Love that song, Rob! OUTSTANDING ARTICLE!!!!!!!!!! Love music theory.
Smoke on the Water you probably know is based on a real story of a real fire when they were watching others play in Switzerland. One of the members of the band (the drummer?) did a real-life Forrest Gump thing by going back into the burning building to rescue panic stricken kids. All set off by some idiot in the audience shooting fireworks into the ceiling. I listened to the story from the singer some years ago. He got back to the States, shell-shocked, and just penned the song out of the near tragedy.
Flare gun. Frank Zappa, who was there with the mothers of invention, railed against them for profiting from that event. Funky Claude referred in the song, was the promoter.
Claude Nobs was the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival.
check out the first couple mins of this vid from Deep purple live at montreaux dvd
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