2016 Draft

GM Trent Baalke departed from form on Thursday’s first round by actually drafting players the 49ers need, instead of his usual BPA blather. Zounds!

That was in the first round. Two guys (DeForest Buckner, Joshua Garnett) who must be starters this year. Friday in round three, however, Bad Baalke returned with the selection of a CB (Will Redmond) who tore his ACL last October, bringing the list of ACL draftees to seven since 2013. Here’s the other six: Tank Carradine, Marcus Lattimore, Brandon Thomas, Keith Reaser, Trey Millard, DeAndre Smelter.

If none of those six stirs any memories of their playing time with the team, that’s because only two of them have had any playing time with the team, and that time has been entirely forgettable. But, hey, I’m sure Redmond will be different. Two instant starters, though. That’s more than any Baalke draft has ever produced. Hopefully.

Day three of the Draft was a Baalke Special. That’s the area that puffs up the total of draft picks from the normal seven to the twelve that get people so excited about how much help we can get in the draft. A bottom of round 4, three fifths, three sixths, and a seventh represent EIGHT of the swollen amount of draft picks the 49ers have. All in the maybe-this-guy-will-make-the-team bargain bin at the end of the draft. Yeah. These guys will really push the team up the leaderboard next year.

Baalke’s first day three selection was yet another CB (Rashard Robinson) at the end of the fourth round. This guy has not played in 18 months and has reportedly failed a drug test and was suspended for failing to meet academic standards. But hey, who doesn’t need six or seven late round CBs who can take turns getting torched on Sundays? Especially if they have bad knees or bad character or bad brains.

On to the fifth round, where Baalke selected yet another defensive guy, making it four picks out of five for defense, vastly improving the chances of the worst offense in the league last year to continue to flirt with that distinction in the coming year. Next, at last, an offensive pick, OT John Theus, who will evidently compete with Erik Pears for the swing tackle that hopefully will not ever be needed in 2016. Or maybe it will be Fahn Cooper, another OT, picked near the bottom of round five.

The remaining four picks can wait for the late edition, to be published probably not at all. Baalke will probably finally get around to drafting some “skill position” players for the offense. Because the bottom rounds of the draft are usually chock full of these types of players.

And that will be all for the million blogs, tweets, lists, conjectures, and opinions spread over three solid months about the 2016 NFL Draft. RIP, baby.

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41 comments on “2016 Draft
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Day 2 and 3 totally underwhelming, all of them fuel for a dumpster fire.

    So wassup. No effort at QB and no landing spots for Kap so he is our backup. Nick Foles?

    Nothing for OT either. So counting on AD? How about a trade to Colts for a 2nd RD in 2017. Luck is lined up as a kill this year as well. Their 1st RD C starts game 1. Their OT’s are raw.

    No LB either. Understandable, weak OLB and ILB class.

  2. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Cheer up guys. We picked up a 3-4 DE that is a franchise starter. High mental and football IQ guard to avoid the Marcus Martin/Brandon Thomas mistake. That is 2 out of 22 starters. By the end of the year the D will be looking good.

    O will have Gabbert as starter all year. Smelter to slowly become the new Boldin. O still bad enough to deliver us a top 5 pick in 2017.

    Can our busts be rehabbed with new coaching staff.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I like what we did today, whether any of them are any good that still remains to be seen. A lot of needs were addressed. I still think we shoulda took a QB in the 3rd.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One of the guys I wanted them to sign was signed as a FA right after the draft

    “Stanford wide receiver Devon Cajuste, who could project as a tight end in the NFL, has reportedly agreed to terms to join the 49ers as an undrafted rookie. The 49ers have eight open roster spots to sign undrafted rookies.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here is a list of undrafted FAs that the Niners have signed.

    Most interesting among this group is Jason Fanaika DE Utah who was projected to be a 4th round pick


    the entire list


  6. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Biderman @ Ninerswire has nice recap of all the golden nuggets we got in the draft =


    “While it was clear the mandate of the draft was to add talent in the trenches, Baalke also did work to supply new coach Chip Kelly with skill players for his offense the late rounds.”

    Hey maybe Chip and Balk will have a productive relationship? Not to get all hopeful and gooey but after the Jimi debacle and the Philly meltdown maybe these two survivors will appreciate Cooperation? Naw, couldn’t be. But the two seem to have produced a coherent draft that actually addresses team needs with players who can eventually contribute.

  7. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Road grading trench warfare. Smash mouth “Big guys beat up little guys” is Kellys approach

    “If there was anything to be learned from the opening round of the NFL draft Thursday, it鈥檚 that the 49ers want to get back to winning in the trenches under new coach Chip Kelly.

    “The last time the 49ers were contending for championships, they were one of the most physical teams in the NFL on both sides of the ball.

    “It started up front, with defensive lineman Justin Smith occupying blockers allowing Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman to swallow up ball carriers. Conversely, San Francisco had three former first-round picks along the offensive line, creating one of the most imposing five-man fronts in the NFL.”

    Remember them days? Here come Redo Part Two under Kelly/Balkey

  8. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Curious to see if Chip makes an attempt to sign QB Vernon Adams as an UDFA now.
    All things considered,I think Baalke/Chip remade the OLine pretty well.
    See what comes of course, it’s simply a roll of the dice until the work starts.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Both Vernon Adams and Boykin are going to where vertically challenged QBs are welcome, Seahags


  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    drafting 3 CBs shows Baalke has neglected this position.
    He should’ve kept Cox or Culliver but in his usual arrogance never even tried to negotiate a new deal with them in good faith.

    You cannot treat CBs as replaceable on a yearly basis. Under Baalke this has always been a revolving door. Not signing Tarell Brown who was looking for a $2 mil contract was the beginning of this circus act.

    This is all on Baalke who even takes to the practice field to give the DBs instruction. The optics of that just shows you that Baalke is a wannabe coach.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners signed one more free agent

    NT Darren Lake, Alabama. The 6-3, 329-pound nose tackle will sign with the 49ers, per The National Football Post. He played on a very talented defensive line and is perhaps not as agile as teammates Jarran Reed and A鈥橲hawn Robinson. But he bench-pressed 225 pounds 25 times at Alabama鈥檚 pro day and seems stout enough to man the middle of a defensive line

    Niners are now at roster maximum and will need to let someone go before they can add

  12. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Excited about our young receiving corps – the kid from Canadian league, Smelter with baseball glove like hands, and now Cajuste.

    My best guess DC wasn’t drafted because he must have pulled this in the combine interview process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AMgagxCvZQ

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Also I would like to see Hayne be given a chance to be the punt returner and some reps at RB.
    Ellington has not shown that much in 2 seasons 13 total receptions and a 7.7 punt return average

    Jimmy T shut him down and waived him inexplicably last ywhere.
    Hayne showed flashes and had his development cut short.

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Fanaika has incredible strength but at 270 he won’t play in the NFL. Not quick enough for LB and too small for the line. He’d need to add 30 pounds to have a shot at DT. Still worth a look and if seems like he can add the weight we can put him on the Developmental Squad for a year.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit the Vernon Adams situation is interesting in that he ran Chip’s Offense last year.
    Seeing as he compares favorably with Russell Wilson and, played several years at E Wash, I’m sure there’s an equally good shot for him in Seattle.
    Adams and Wilson are pretty similar guys in many ways.

    But, since Chip brought Thad Lewis aboard, it might suggest Chip already has his Camp/P-Squad QB on hand already, with the Pro version of the Offense we’re likely to be migrating to.

  16. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep NJ drafting two OTs doubled our chances of getting a keeper. Also side benefit of shutting down ADs nonsense. Be nice if we can run the ball this year and also stop the run again. In retrospect Jimi and Romans ‘experiment’ in changing the O to a 4 WR passing attack in part spelled doom for the Niners O. But yep “fans” (not I) were bitching about ‘our boring, non productive O’. So too much was attempted and it didn’t work…Nevermind the FO baloney. I recall the media was in on the ‘smear the coaches’ campaign even in 2013. (Kawakami, Cohn) I recall NF scoffing at fans and pundits alike for that no brain campaign. Already Skip Brainless is calling Kelly “arrogant”. Nice.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Phil –
    Let’s not forget that we now have ex-NYG OLine Coach Pat Flaherty aboard too.

    NYG are still looking for OLine additions, as they didn’t pull the trigger on anyone during the Draft process.
    I can see an immediate opening for AD there, along with any of the guys that get bumped through attrition.

    This is simply the transition phase of the Harbaugh to Kelly OL-men taking place.
    Chip likes to run the ball too, which should be good news for Carlos, et al.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The biggest issue for me is getting ALL the Coaches on the same page.
    Something that totally wasn’t the case a year ago.
    I’d be more than happy to erase the ‘Dysfunctional’ tag when referring to this team.
    But, let’s be honest. They’ve earned it.

  19. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep AD can move to the Giants? So good, GO already. AD has certainly botched his exit from the team…but never too late. Team does not need this or any other distraction. Be nice to have this behind us. And as you say NJ, get coaches, players and GM on the same page.

    Not to wax too optimistic- or even hopeful- but a cohesive, functional organizational structure can only be good for us on the field.

  20. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    BTW NJ how did your mock draft list work out? With Niners or any other team?

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think I completely whiffed this year Phil.
    I took a completely different approach than what turned out to be.
    Expected Buckner to be gone at 7.
    Downhill from there 馃榾

    No worries however.
    I think they did well with the 1st RD moves.
    Both guys are well known to Chip and, it seems to suggest, that he and Baalke may have a similar approach to what they’re shopping for.

    Let’s hope this relationship goes MILES further than that of the Harbaugh/Baalke relationship.
    If GM/HC can’t coexist, we already know how that works out.

  22. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Long term, I think Buckner is a really good pick.

    Still, I’m standing pat with 3-13 this year. No QB, no chance.

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I suggested a trade for AD, maybe a conditional 2nd/3rd for 2017 Colts. Their draftees are raw and need an AD now to protect Luck.

    NN Fan post by Ramon Suarez write glowing piece about Trenton Brown.

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You gotta be kidding me: “Former 49er Dana Stubblefield charged with raping disabled woman.”

  25. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Isn’t he involved with the organization in some way. I thought I read somewhere he works for 49ers in some capacity. Anyway, I guess he likes to kick em when they’re down.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Winder – Former analyst.
    Now regarded as ‘Past Employee’ I’m sure.

    “Stubblefield worked the 2013 and 2014 seasons as a 49ers analyst on CSN Bay Area.”

  27. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Unbelievable about Stubblefield allegations. Hope it’s not true but already burned with RayMac so will not say anything just yet.

    We know this = these men are just frail humans like the rest of us and the NFL/football does not change this. Yikes

  28. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Great article on Trent Brown Tom, thanks. I’ve wondered about Brown since last year’s starts and Staleys comments that Brown should be considered the ‘presumptive starter’ at RT this year. Nice analysis

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thought TBrown was a steal last year myself Phil.
    Great feet for a Big Man.

    Always an ingredient I look for with OTs and TEs, the ability to function on the hardwood.
    Good sign that they can move with balance IMO.

  30. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I read that article also about TBrown. It was so glowing that it reminded me of a paid for infomercial.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Redskins release Chris Culliver outright because they drafted Kendall Fuller CB and signed Josh Norman.

    Baalke has a second chance and might be able to sign him for one year at #5 mil a discount of $3 mil from his annual salary of $8 mil with the Redskins.

  32. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    T Brown was a 7th round draft pick so making the team last year and starting a few games is pretty remarkable. But the hype will go through the roof if he wins the starting RT job. Maybe starting with that article?

    Culliver is recovering from an injury. Yep Balkey might like that, lol

  33. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Cully’s release may have had more to do with his homophobic SB remarks and brass knuckles escapade than his Contract expectations too?
    Another character concern perhaps?

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What the Niners need is some stability and continuity in the secondary. There is talk that the plan is to start Tartt and let Bethea go.
    Like I said before this group has been a revolving door in the past few years. It is unknown who starts at corner opposite Brock
    who is average at best. Last yaer it was a new CB every few weeks. Dontae Johnson, Acker and Reaser all had shots and didn’t establish themselves.
    Now they spent 3 draft picks on more CBs.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Two years ago Bethea was the Niner defensive MVP. He get’s hurt last year and now he might be a salary dump.

    The FO has not spent much of the massive cap room they supposedly have.

  36. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I hope this is an experimental season. What I would like to see. Following players showcased for trade by early fall.

    Spent 11.9 million guaranteed on Kap. They did not want to part with millions to grease a trade. So expect to see him compete for the starter. Let him be exclusive starter until trade deadline, when he is traded or released.

    AD showcased for trade IF!!! Trenton Brown is the one. Staley offered for trade to playoff bound team hit by OT injuries. To ease both trade for or pick up a released Eugene Monroe from BALT. Both no lower than a 2017 3rd.

  37. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Carolina for AD or Staley.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure why you are hell bent on trading the Niner’s best Olineman Staley? The trade would be for a 4th or 5th round pick.
    Although aging Staley still is the anchor of the Oline.
    You don’t trade a player unless you have a better replacement in tow.
    I don’t see a viable replacement for Staley on this roster.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Oline might line up like this in 2016

    Staley, Garnett, Kilgore, Beadles T Brown

    Brandon Thomas and Marcus Martin need to step up in the coming season and contributeor they will prove to be higher round busts under Baalke.

  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 路 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 路 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 路 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 路 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 路 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17