Plenty of Nothing

Four weeks into Free Agency and the 49ers have done just about nothing, except re-signing some of their own players and picking up some table scraps from other teams. The only FA starter signed was SS Antoine Bethea. He replaced the departed SS Donte Whitner. The stats say Bethea isn’t as good as Whitner, but he’s not that far worse, either.

Pretty ho-hum effort from 49er GM Trent Baalke so far. And it’s hard to see any wowzer ripples cast upon the placid roster waters during this last month before the Draft in early May.

I suppose there’s not much more he could do, since all 22 starting positions are already locked in for next year. Maybe there will be an incumbents battle for starting center and for the 3rd WR, plus a stand-in-for-Bowman battle at ILB, but everywhere else there’s a name on the locker already.

Pete Carroll will get a contract extension today, probably making him the highest paid coach in the league. The most interested spectators to this deal will be Jim Harbaugh and Jed York. York’s going to see how high he has to go if Harbaugh wins a SB, or what ceiling he can slide under should Harbaugh not win the big win by the time his current deal expires.

The Desean Jackson saga mercifully played out, and the little guy ended up in Washington. Baalke sent out a last minute sniffing party, but they never made it past the Rockies. The initial reports of Jackson having gang ties has shifted to Philadelphia being okay with racist white players, but down on black guys who grew up in the inner city.

Jeez, pass me a hankie. Jackson was cut because he’s a whiny, me-first meathead in a team game, who’s already admitted loafing through one season because of stressful unhappiness about his paycheck. It’s the same road walked by Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. Washington might get a good effort year out of Desean, but sooner or later he’ll be sulking in front of a mirror, giving speeches to himself and pissing off his mates and coaches.

Mock Draft mania should heat up in the coming days. For the second straight year, the 49ers will be drafting in the thirties. Last year, it was 31. This year it’s 30. Given Baalke’s previous drafts, it’s not likely he’ll stay put in the first round. He’s traded up twice in his first four years, netting Anthony Davis and Eric Reid. In 2011, he didn’t need to trade up. He was already up, drafting Aldon Smith at spot number 10, IIRC. The other year, he should have traded up, but stayed put in 2012 and drafted the immortal A.J. Jenkins, who was such a BUST he was kicked out of town after one year.




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30 comments on “Plenty of Nothing
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon Smith was the 7th pick and Gabbert was picked at 10.
    The only possible better pick was JJ Watt at #11 if you redraft in hindsight.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My #1 pick for us in 2011 was JJ Watt. I had Marcel Darius as #1. I knew he would be gone. I had Nick Fairly and JJ Watt tied for #2. I figured Fairly would be gone. Fairly fell to us and Watt was still there. I wanted one of those two, especially Watt since he reminded me so much of Justin Smith.

    Then we took Aldon Smith. I had only heard of him because NJ mentioned him a few times, but I think NJ mentions everybody by draft day. I said WHO! Then I watched three of his games on youtube and immediately was happy. I had never seen such a smooth and effortless club move as Aldon’s. He had the bull rush, the up and under and the speed move. He also has long strong arms to keep blocker at a distance so he can easily disengage. He dominated Nate Solder and was the biggest force in two other games. Legal issues aside, I would rather have Aldon over JJ. Legal issues included, I would take JJ.

    If Aldon wants to be, he will the best pass rusher in the NFL, break the sack record and be in the HOF, he is that good. Sometimes I question how bad he wants it. You never question that with JJ Watt.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Champ Bailey signed for 2 years with the Aints.
    It’s becoming clear that Baalke will draft a minimum of 3
    DBs with 2 capable of playing corner. The Niners signed Wright, Cook and Cox but all are on one year deals which leaves too many question marks. If Culliver plays he’s also a free agent in 2015.
    This position needs some long term stabilization if the Niners are to be competitive and it’s looking like it’s through the draft.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    No shit.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would think any one who runs a 49er related blog misses Alex Smnith.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, Smnithy was spniffy.

  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    To die and part is a less evil; but to part and live, there, there is the torment. ~George Lansdowne

    Alex Smith shall forever torment me until one of us dies.

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I had to go online and order a new phone. Should arrive in a few days. Until then this one just takes messages. 2 AM drunk ones and otherwise.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I mention lots of guys I think would help us leading up to the Draft.
    Sure, I go through tons of them between Feb and April, but, I typically stack my imaginary Board with the finalists.

    Where the money is earned, is how the GMs slot these guys in such a way as to have them around the places they expect to Pick.

    I hadn’t envisioned Aldon going that high, though I loved his College production.
    That is where the Scouts, the qualified film review and, the GM, make the calls that make, or break, a roster.

    Quite a tricky process.
    Which is why it’s so damned much fun, trying to predict the pieces we acquire.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Keep it up. I read all of your insights.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As I’m putting my finishing touches on this years’ Draft efforts, here’s the Small School/Late RD/UDFA’s I’d propose Berger –

    Dri Archer – Kent St (PR/KR/WR/RB) All around Joker –
    Jerick McKinnon – (RB) GA Southern
    Lorenzo Taliaferro – (FB) – Coastal Carolina
    Jimmy Ward – (SS) – No. IL
    Mo Alexander – (SS) – Utah St
    Kendall James – (CB) – Maine
    Pierre Desir – (CB/FS) – Lindenwood
    Sammy Seamster (CB) – Middle TN St
    Josh Walker – (OG) – Middle TN St
    Matt Feiler – (OG/OT) – Bloomsburg
    Jeff Janis – (WR) – Saginaw Valley St
    John Brown – (WR) – Pitt St
    Albert Wilson – (WR) – GA State
    Willie Gibson – (WR) – Cumberlands
    Howard Jones – (OLB) – Shepherd
    Jordie Tripp – (OLB) – Montana
    Justin Ellis – (NT) – LA Tech

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Forgot to include –

    Terrance West – (RB) – Towson

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phillip Gaines CB, Rice is 6′ and ran a 4.38.
    Projected now as a 3rd rd pick he has skills just needs Donatell to put some finishing touches on this technique and style.
    He has been moving up draft boards a initially he was a 5th to 6th round pick.
    We are still a month out from the draft which seems like a year.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- I drank only one day in the last month. I might be losing interest. I love drinking and getting drunk, I hate the next day and gaining weight. Plus, I don’t work out when I drink. We will have to talk next time I do drink. We’ll be talking way before then. Give me a call when your phone arrives.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    This explains why the blog is so dead.

  17. robNo Gravatar says:

    49ers picks
    round one : kyle fuller CB
    ROUND TWO : WR
    round two : travis swanson CENTER
    ROUND THREE : WR ?
    round three : marcus roberson DB

    FREE AGENT : assante samuel

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- You should add a thumbs up and thumbs down button to your blog, if it is available. Who doesn’t like getting cheered and booed! Maybe some don’t like getting booed.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Both Petey Carroll and John Fox were in the final years of their contracts and they basically got 2 year extensions. It’s reported as 3 years but both front offices gave them a raise for 2014 and signed them to a commitment through 2016.
    Harbaugh still has 2 years left on his deal. Not sure why the people that read the tea leaves are driving the story that he needs a deal now or Harbaugh goes elsewhere in 2016.
    There is no story here until 2015.
    Fox’s new deal pays him $5.5 mil a year. Petey’s is undisclosed but his old deal paid him $7mil a year.

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Fox has the easiest $5.5M gig in the world. He has one thing to do:
    Start Peyton

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit –
    Phillip Gaines is going to make my early RD wishlist.
    All the guys I listed above are those that should come cheaper/later and, possibly qualify as future gems for me.

    With the Top 100, I’d like to see a CB and S in the mix.
    I’m going to project Baalke staying pat in RDs 1 & 2 simply because I think we could use the depth with those 1st 3 Picks.

    I wouldn’t be too surprised to see Baalke make a move back into RD2 with either Pick 77 or 94.

    He has a freebie with Comp Pick 100 now which could influence him with the other 2 tradeable options.

    Pick 30 is the tough call for me.
    Curious to see if he holds firm there.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    RDs 4-7 are where I’d be looking for the future needs.

    The CB from Maine, Kendall James could be a sleeper.

    He’s only 5’10” but he runs in the 4.4s and posted a 39″ vert. at the Combines.
    Did well in the shuttle-type change of direction drills also.
    Held his own with some of the bigger school guys in that regard.

    If we pass/miss on Jason Verrett, James might not be a bad option for the Slot duties at a more reasonble cost.

    My top option at CB would be Fuller right now, if we get the chance at Pick 30.

    I’m all for the BPA at the Pick however, regardless of position.
    If there’s a stud DLineman there, it’s just as good to me, since that helps the Secondary as well.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another guy I’d like to see on the board at Pick 30 is OLB Ryan Shazier.
    He’s too small to play OLB IMO, but he’s athletic enough to consider inside, perhaps even a consideration at SS?

    He’s a freak, runs 4.4s, tackles and posted a 42″ vert as well.
    Can’t believe he’d slide that far down the board but…..?

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This might be the year that the Niners select a player out of Stanford in the Harbaugh era.
    I can see them drafting either Murphy DE/OLB, Skov ILB, Reynolds FS or Gaffney RB as 3rd rounders.
    Each of these guys has value and would fit in. Gaffney is most likely a 5th/6th round pick.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    I have read 3 teams really like Shazier. They are the Bungles, Packers and the Chargers. Would be a surprise if he fell to 30.

    Another unexpected player that might fall is Marqise Lee. He us ed to be the #2 WR on the board and now some have him listed as 5th or 6th.
    If Lee’s there it would be hard to pass on him although the Pats might derail that as they pick right before the Niners

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree Bullit –
    Of the group, Beckham, Cooks and Lee, I’d be good with any of them.
    Not crazy about Drafting a WR at 30 however, since depth is excellent throughout the top 3 or 4 RDs.

    I’ve seen some Mocks suggesting Shazier being a ‘tweener and a tough fit for some schemes.
    If he slid, I’d love to have the option at least.

    Plenty of nonsense will happen ahead of Pick 30.
    Someone will be there that probably isn’t expected to be.

    If the value isn’t there, I’m sure Baalke wouldn’t mind grabbing an extra Pick from someone next year either.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Even looking at the poor 40 time turned in in Indy, by Davante Adams, I can’t completely flush the guy from consideration, simply because his numbers at Fresno State were so impressive.

    Looking ahead, to the potential for signing Crabtree to an extension, Adams might not be a terrible option to fall back on, in the event Crabtree isn’t amenable to sticking around.

    From what I’ve located, Crabtree didn’t electrify the 40 at his Combine testing either.
    Actually he and Adams were fairly similar regarding size/speed and College stats.

    By virtue of the slow 40 Adams posted, he could slide a bit and, perhaps become a cheaper option outside of RD1.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There are 2 more guys I like, that could fit the S option for us, that aren’t household names Bullit.

    I’ve been digging for months for bigger guys that could be possibilities for the future alongside of Reid.

    In addition to the guys I threw out there for Berger last night, 2 others I forgot to include are also taller SS-types with good speed and measurables.

    Eric Pinkins from SD State, a Sacramento native, 6’3″ 215.

    L.J. McCray from Catawba (NC)- 6’1″ 215 played both FS/SS and is an accomplished PR/KR.

    Neither guy will command much attention in the top few RDs, or could slide until UDFA realms?

    For me, these are the kind of guys you burn those late RD Picks on, if you feel they can develop.

    Who knows where our Scouts go digging but, there are dozens and dozens of guys, that never see the Combine invitations or, the big stage of television to get recognized.

    When you see success stories like TBrock from Bellhaven or Darryl Morris from Texas State, anything can happen, especially if a guy wants it badly enough.

    All he needs is a Scout to get him noticed and, a team to give him a chance.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    After some continued effort to locate info on SS Eric Pinkins, he’s not flying under the radar apparently –
    Numerous teams were there for SDSU’s Pro Day – Including our 9ers.

    Anyway, maybe he’s on our radar afterall?

    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/Mar/20/aztecs-pro-day-results-nfl-walter-kazee/

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas: L 10-40
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia: L 10-33
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona: L 10-20
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants: W 31-21
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
Winder: 4-12

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