Draft guru Mike Mayock has pronounced this the deepest NFL draft he’s seen in ten years. We’ll presume, for the sake of argument, that Mr. Mayock’s eyesight has gotten a recent approval from his optometrist and that his basement houses a massive database where sweeping statements can be fetched and authenticated at the drop of a nanosecond. The alternative, of course, is that Mayock should just can the hyperbolic blarney and log into 49ersoutsider.com and blast away with reckless abandon like the rest of us.
Mr. Mayock goes on to say the draft is particularly deep in wide receivers and defensive backs. Say, isn’t that an area of need for the 49ers?
It’s probably an area of need for just about every franchise in the league. And 29 of them will be drafting before the Niners are on the clock. Additionally, in this century, the 49ers have not made a draft pick below 24 in the first round who was worth a flying figment except for Joe Staley at #28 in 2007. Eight times they’ve drafted below 24 in the past 15 years, and all of them whiffs except for Staley. It appears that Trent Baalke was wise to trade up to the 18th slot last year for FS Eric Reid. Trent will be challenging history if he doesn’t trade up again this year, too.
Meanwhile, the search goes on for a $20 million a year QB who can actually win a Super Bowl. Peyton Manning had a chance to be the first this year, but he was trounced by Russell Wilson, who makes less than $1 million a year.
Our own QB, Colin Kaepernick, also makes less than a million a year, but he’s failed to deliver a SB in two cracks at it. His contract is due for a sizable embellishment this year, but this is not Dallas, so Kaepernick will not get paid $20 million a year — not yet, anyway. Ergo, the window for a 49er SB victory will remain open for the length of Kaepernick’s new contract.
However, Seattle is in dire straits. Wilson is due for his own new contract upgrade next year and he HAS won a SB, so he will have to get paid more than Kaepernick — maybe even somewhere near the $20 million vicinity. This will finish off Seattle as a major player. So long, dipwads.
Of course, Wilson could turn out to be a humble fellow and take far less than he can get, simply to make sure his team can afford to remain viable at other positions, like the defense that won him his SB. Wow, that would be cruel.
We’ll be finding out sometime this year just how humble Kaepernick intends to be vis a vis SHOW ME THE MONEY! I’m not real confident we will see a stunning display of bowed head and “take care of my guys” attitude. But, I could be wrong!