2014 Draft: Day One

The 49ers stood pat at pick #30 in round one of the 2014 Draft and selected small school safety Jimmie Ward. There were no shouts of joy from the assembled multitudes at the team’s draft party HQ.

Not much sis-boom-bah on this blog, either. Still, when your GM drafts somebody who was not on anybody’s radar, it’s probably a good pick. Unless it’s AJ Jenkins.

Ward is a speedy, hard hitting, great instincts guy who is evidently going to play slot CB — an area of pressing need for the team. Very good, Jeeves.

Despite all the pre-draft rumors and insider assurances, the 49ers did NOT trade up in the first round. Ha ha ha. Sorry, but I get a bang out of “experts” being FOS. When they are “confounded,” it’s even more hysterical.

In the days leading up to the draft, Ward was spotted wearing a 49ers cap. This was not because he thought the team would draft him. It was a fashion choice, the red and gold matching up with his NIU colors. We pass this along in case our “swag” loving QB cares to take notes.

San Francisco has two picks in today’s second round, number 56 (courtesy of the brilliant 2013 performance of ex-49er Alex Smith), and number 61. This should provide twice the lack of sizzle served up by the long winded first round.

This is especially true for the nine players still sitting in the Draft Day Green Room feeling like dopes for traveling all the way to Radio City Music Hall and putting on an uncomfortable suit, only to be ignored. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, USC WR Marqise Lee, Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews are among the left outs. What. A. Burn.

The Rams added a highly ranked DT to their D-line, giving them perhaps the fiercest front four in the league. The high-pedigree O-line of the 49ers should be able to handle them, but the shaky lines in Arizona and Seattle could be in for trouble this coming year.




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60 comments on “2014 Draft: Day One
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some are melting down on the Jimmie Ward selction.
    One of the main reasons for this angst is that he’s too small.
    Really?
    Check out the height and weights of the departed Whitner, T Brown and Carlos Rogers.
    Ward is within an inch in height or the same and within 10 pounds and actually weighs more than T Brown did.

    I also recall all the bitching that Whitner was a Safety that couldn’t cover man to man. Now we have a guy that can. Give him a chance and you might be surprised.

    Long ago we drafted an All American Safety and converted him to play LCB. After 4 years he was moved back to FS.
    His #42 is retired now. Not so far fetched to play a Safety as a CB.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “With the 50 percent increase in ratings Thursday for just the NFL Network, signs are pointing to the NFL keeping the draft in May.”

    Crap.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not unhappy with the Ward pick but I’m not excited either. This is the kind of pick that says, we’ll see how it works out in the fall. He looks like he has great instincts and tackles well. I felt the same way about the Reid pick last year and that worked out well. But then I felt the same about the AJ Jenkins pick and that didn’t work so well. Time will tell. Question is, can he cover a 270lb slot receiver!

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Seahawks were visibly deflated when the Patriots took Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley 29th overall.”

  5. Bigjon510No Gravatar says:

    With all our pick’s I thought we would move up and take the first of 3 players. I don’t think we need more than 3 or maybe 4 quality players.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gee, Skeebers. Are you surprised? Go ahead and delete this post because this is exactly what I said would happen.

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I think the reason the Niners didn’t trade up is most of the guys they wanted to trade up for (ODB, Gilbert, ) went too early.

    I just think it’s curious that we basically drafted a part-time CB. Sure, teams go 3 WR against us. But he’ll be somewhat limited by that. How will he get on the field as a safety?

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Chuck, if you’re only here to be paranoid and belligerent and pick fights with Bullit, I’ll be happy to keep deleting your posts. If you choose to just make comments, though, however asinine, feel free to post here.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke said the thing that impressed him about Ward was he covered Dri Archer and his 4.26 speed and ran with him stride for stride. Ward has to show on the field he’s worthy of his 1st round selection. That’ll happen in TC and pre-season.
    http://www.49ers.com/news/article-2/49ers-Jimmie-Ward-to-Compete-at-Nickel-CB/ca6e24ed-a383-43e3-ab93-1d8246106541

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, that’s right. Bullit is free to badger me and post his drivel, but I’m forbidden. Got it, skeebs. Way to enable him.

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Most had Ward mid 2nd to early 3rd round pick. He’s a nickel back at best. Special teamer at worst. Frankly, seeing him taking on Marshaw Lynch in the open field doesn’t give me a good feeling.

    We’d better be seriously looking at getting a guy like Stanley Jean Baptiste. We need a DB with size. I think we may trade up to get him. He’s flying up the draft boards.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    FYI
    Niners are having a live press conference with Jimmie ward at 2pm today broadcast on CSN.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- Bullit gets plenty of posts deleted too. The excessive name calling is what will get you deleted.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullshit.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Belligerent and paranoid.

  16. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe the brass thinks Ward will be another Honey Badger type player. Did we go for the best player on the board or did we go for need?

  17. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Ill answer that. Someone in the war room had to think this guy was the best player available. Lets hope they were right. After all he is Defense and that says a lot.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Offensive packages, schemes and opponents dictate defensive matchups.
    If the Niners play a team in a spread with 3 or 4 wide they will open the game with nickel or dime personnel.
    It’s ancient history to think nickel/dime are just for 3rd downs.
    There have been many games where Bowman or Willis have sat out because of the need to matchup with extra dbs.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And in more footbsall news, the Niners just acquired Stevie Johnson, yet another overhyped guy, from Buffalo for a conditional 2015 4th round pick. Certainly cheap.

    Is Lloyd already gone?

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, I think it’s ‘neither’. I would have been happy with Tuitt or Lee. Both seems to be needs. If we were going safety I would have traded up for Pryor. I think losing shots Gilbert and Fuller dictated sitting back and waiting, but I certainly didn’t see ‘undersized strong safety’ on anyone’s wish list.

    As with all of this, it’s wait and see. I didn’t see Aldon Smith on anyone’s radar when we drafted him.

    But the pick is certainly a head-scratcher. Some people around here just eat up everything with a spatula and say gimme more.

  21. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, this pick pretty much seals the fact that we are drafting more DBs. Today.

  22. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah chuck I kinda agree. Ward does seem like a stretch but someone must see something really good in him. Johnson is a good WR I just hope he can stay on the field.Being a WR in Buffalo has got to have been bad.

  23. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I love it when we draft Defense.

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And we probably aren’t drafting WRs . . .

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Key to the Steve Johnson trade is the draft pick is conditional to him making the team. If he does real well it can be upgraded to a third rd pick.
    Johnson had a down year in 2013 due to injuries but according to people who follow the Bills it was not being in shape.
    Johnson was paid a roster bonus in March of $1.75 mil.
    If he sticks he will cost about $4 mil for the season which is what we were paying Manningham in his first year here.
    Johnson was born in San Francisco and grew up in Fairfield.
    he went to Chabot JC in Hayward and then Kentucky.
    From 2010 to 2012 he had 3 1000 yd receiving seasons.
    He’s 6’2″ and 28 years old this season.

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Given their track record drafting WRs, this is likely good news.

    Then again, except for Boldin, the FA line on WRs isn’t any great shakes.

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Not drafting WRs? To quote chief Brody in “Jaws” when he delivered one of the best movie quips of all time…

    Thank Christ

  28. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not ashamed to say, I’m actually proud. I’ve seen “Jaws” over 300 times. At least. That Steven Spielberg classic resonates with me. I was maybe 9 or 10 yrs old when the movie debuted. And it still has the same effect…

    I ain’t going back in the water…

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Unless Johnson has some hidden issues of some sort, this deal looks terrific. A fleece job.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the Niner PR Stevie Johnson highlight package.
    Of special note is Johnson beating Dick Sherman badly for a 20 yard score in Seattle.

    http://www.49ers.com/news/article-2/Full-Highlights-Wide-Receiver-Stevie-Johnson/01926aa4-dcce-4b39-a0e1-e252d5db4da3

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Stevie Johnson burned Dicky in Buffalo. My bad.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Too bad they didn’t trade LMJ straight up for Johnson.
    I suppose the conditional element wouldn’t apply then, in other words no backs.

  33. robNo Gravatar says:

    I like the stevie johnson trade ! He has three seasons with 70 plus catches and over 1000 yards in his first four years in the league ! Not bad for a fourth rd pick

  34. robNo Gravatar says:

    He was also their number one WR … imo not a bad addition as our number three guy !!!

  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Josh Gordon is following the path of Brandon Browner and is about to be suspended for the year for a 2nd failed drug test (pot).

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny (Littlefinger)

    You should be ecstatic they drafted Ward.
    That moves your boy Dahl a step closer to the waiver wire.
    GOT this weekend is Tyrion’s trial. It’s going to be a doozy.

  37. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Stevie Wonder is your typical prima donna WR. He was was a me-first guy for a while. He didn’t bother to keep himself in shape over the years, and he missed a lot of games due to nagging injuries these past couple years.

    But he’s hopefully matured down the line.

  38. robNo Gravatar says:

    Im also not overly concerned about the ward pick ! I thought he might be there for us later than at 30 however ! That being said he looked awesome in his hilites !!!

  39. robNo Gravatar says:

    Oops i should have said 3 of his last four seasons about johnson ! They also say he was great in the locker room (chuck)

  40. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Stevie had better start eating more if he wants to contribute in the Harbaugh offense as a 270-pound slot receiver!

  41. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    With no pressing need for a WR, this second day should be kind of interesting.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nix is falling almost to the Niner pick.
    A few months ago he was considered top 20 by some.
    He’s lasted until 50 and counting.

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke is really wheeling and dealing today.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If he’s gaining picks in this draft I’m not sure why.
    He’s going to have to cut them later anyway.
    Niners and Seahags are having a contest on who can trade back better.

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Four picks now in 3rd round.

  46. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Borland, Borland, Borland!

  47. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Passing on Baptiste is a real head scratcher.

    How many RBs do we have now? Gore, Lattimore, LMJ (gone), Hunter, Miller, Hampton, Tukuafu, and now Hyde?

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I like the Marcus Martin pick!

  49. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sure at least 2 of those 3rd round picks are going to be traded for next year’s draft.

  50. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I saw Marcus Martin in the UCLA game Nov 30 at the mausoleum. When he got the leg injury during the first half, they needed two carts to get him off the field. Dude is an absolute Mammoth. Love the pick and high in character.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Franchise- Martin moves very well, enough so that I was surprised when I saw he is 320 lbs. He mauls but plays very light on his feet. I was thinking a few days ago that it wouldn’t bother me if we took him with our first pick.

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I also like the redshirt pick, Brandon Thomas. It’s nice to be able to stash a player like that for a year. He did a great job blocking Clowny.

  53. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And Baalke just drafted another M*A*S*H unit player.
    This draft class is pathetic. No impact players for this year, none whatsoever.

    This franchise keeps drafting for the future. It’s built to win NOW!
    Keep this shit up and we’ll deserve to lose.

    I love the new RB. Hell. Hyde fits right in with our other degenerates. Carlos received a three-game suspension in 2013 following an *alleged* incident with a female at a nightclub.

    My 49ers and Bill Walsh used to win, and win with class. Now we lose with a HC who epitomizes the art of, “Losing the Big Game.” All the while having it their way. Well, their way is wrong.

    Every thing is wrong. It’s all wrong.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t mind the Borland pick except that Nix was on the board.

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Carlos Hyde reminds me of Stephen Jackson. It’s fair to say we did not need another RB but this guy is a beast. He runs people over, he runs around people and he has decent hands.

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Hyde and Martin are potential impact players. If Culliver can’t play Ward will probably make an impact. I think we’ve had a decent draft. Next we need to draft an offensive coordinator.

  57. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m somewhere between Bergs and Dennis. I still think we need a CB and a speed WR. And we haven’t drafted either. Dri Archer’s off the board. And we coulda had SJB.

  58. robNo Gravatar says:

    I like our picks so far !

  59. 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, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants, 1:25 p.m.
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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