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.