September is a loooong way off. After a decade of dominance by the Giants and Warriors, the 49ers got one win away from their own glory. Now however, the Giants are going to be young and wobbly at best, the Warriors are just waiting till October rolls around to see if they have recovered from their injuries, and the Sharks are also hitting the skids this season.
So,what do we have to look forward to? The draft? Free agency? Yeah, I guess so.
As we all know, our defense made gigantic strides this season as Nick Bosa earned Rookie of the Year honors, and FA acquisitions Kwon Alexander and Dee Ford both played very well, and rookie LB Dre Greenlaw played exceptionally well. The D line saw multiple injuries, yet stayed stout against the run, and provided a solid push up front.
The defensive backfield was a bit of a mixed bag however, as Ahkello Witherspoon got hurt and lost his mojo, Richard Sherman looked old and slow at times, and our safeties were awful behind Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward.
So, speaking of the draft, I’m pretty sure that draft pick one (the exact opposite of last year’s pick 2 at pick 31) may very well be a corner.
Thing is, this isn’t a very good draft class for corners. After Jeff Odukah, there’s a mixed bag of character risks and raw talent. Trevon Diggs has size and speed at 6-2, 207, and so does Bryce Hall at 6-1, 200. But either or both could be gone. After that it’s a crapshoot.
Which brings up the other need. Wide receiver. Deebo Sanders made huge strides as the season wore on, Kendrick Bourne solidified himself as a bona fide red zone target, Emmanuel Sanders came in and played very well while Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin played themselves into the dog house. Trent Taylor and Jalen Hurd both need to get healthy to see what they are.
Sanders is probably gone, as well as Goodwin and Pettis. Hurd and Taylor, while possible 2’s, are also unknowns as they haven’t been on the field long enough, if at all.
So, the WRs we look to have an opportunity to get are . . .
Henry Ruggs from Bama or Laviska Shenault from Colo. Ruggs looks good as a guy who can go deep with his 4.40 speed.