2014 Draft: Day Two

The 49ers were quiet on Day One of the 2014 Draft, but Day Two was a whole other matter. GM Trent Baalke made 5 trades up and down the board and one completely outside the board, netting 5 players and extra picks in this and next year’s draft.

Most observers felt the team would go after WRs and CBs in this draft, but through the first three rounds, they have not drafted any.

First round pick Jimmie Ward will no doubt play the slot CB role this coming year, but he was listed as a safety on draft boards. For the third WR so desperately needed, Baalke worked a trade with Buffalo for Stevie Johnson, a 27 year old proven talent that should instantly contribute, rather than sit and learn the game for a year or two.

Baalke’s Day Two M.O. looked pretty much like a BPA (Best Player Available) run. A RB (Carlos Hyde) nobody thought we needed, a center (Marcus Martin) to compete with the unproven Daniel Kilgore for the starting job, an ILB (Chris Borland) to give Michael Wilhoite a battle for the Navorro Bowman temp job, and the standard red shirter OG Brandon Thomas, who’ll rehab this year and provide insurance against Mike Iupati leaving the team next offseason.

That’s five players who will make the team, a team that was already the second best in the NFL last year. Not a bad draft. On the final day, Baalke has 7 picks — 2 4ths, 2 5ths, a 6th, and 2 7ths — to try and land a couple of hidden gems, useful backups, or demon special teamers. And make this a superlative draft.




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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Petey and the Seahags reached for and drafted Justin Britt OT Mizzou.
    Hindsight being 20/20 ya think he regrets taking and posting this photo in social media?
    http://i.imgur.com/qG5Cskq.jpg

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have always tried to share 49er information with everyone on this blog by providing links to stories and videos that people might have missed or are too lazy to look for.
    Just because I share it doesn’t mean I believe it to be the gospel truth or my point of view. If it is I will say so.
    Somehow someone has perceived it as such, and posting an interview yesterday with Harbaugh about our first round draft pick was referred to as drivel.
    Easy solution. If you don’t like it, JUST IGNORE IT. Nobody is forcing you to click on the link. It’s that simple. No harm, no foul.

  3. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wahhh! I tellya I get no respect. No repsect!

    Maybe if you provided some thought or context with them. You know, think.

    Ward is not going to be a very good matchup vs the bigger TEs in the league. Jimmy Graham, Gronk, etc. Not crazy about that pick.

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Like I said, Skeebs, who initiates the tornado of BULLshITT?

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Right now, you are Chuck.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, the 7:32 post is what? A keen observation directed at no one?

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, we got our return guy. Ellington looks like a good guy.

    Someone’s got to talk football and not post inane attacks.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s pretty funny, Chuck. Keep the humor coming.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s funny? What’s funny is you being Bullitt’s bitch. He runs your blog. Letting the trolls roam free isn’t very good form, skippy.

    My deleted post is exactly like Bullitt’s 7:32. But his stays.

    Why is that?

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    With pick 129 the Niners went for DB Dontae Johnson NC St
    6’2″ 205.
    I like Daniel Jerimiah’s comment: “Dontae always went for the cheese.” That’s he’s flaw. He has the skillset if you can coach him not to bite and get beaten on the double move.

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You get the courtesy of a reach-around occasionally?

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like Dashon Goldson. He still doesn’t get it.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cameron Fleming OT was chosen before his more touted linemate
    David Yankey. Both LB Skov and S Ed Reynolds are still on the board.
    Niners continue resisting drafting Stanford players.
    With next pick I’d like to see Niners draft DT McCullers, the massive DT from Tenn, or QBs Mettenberger or Murray.
    Or even DE Jeffcoat from Texas.

  14. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Finally got some D-line help. On paper it looks like we got another good draft class so far. A few projects but most rookies are projects anyway.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    4-7 is all good and well. We sure have a lot of picks but I haven’t heard of any of these guys. What we did in the first three rounds is enough to make me happy with this draft.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lynch is the Dlineman that played with Nix and Tuitt at Notre Dame and transferred to South Fla.
    Some question his passion, so he might have some Glen Coffee in him.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Abbrederis aka Jordy Nelson Jr goes to the Pack in late 5th round

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Well, we did not take a corner early, but we got the Costco bulk pack on day three.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Best quote of the day “I’m not Richard Sherman”

    http://tinyurl.com/mobbs4u

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It has become such an overused cliché to say you have a chip on your shoulder.
    Guys have chips on their shoulders because it is what it is.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The draft has mercifully ended and the Niners have signed their first undrafted FA per Maiocco
    “QB Kory Faulkner, Southern Illinois: Faulkner announced on Twitter that he spoke with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and has agreed to sign with the 49ers. Faulkner (6 foot 4, 224 pounds) completed 60.7 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. He averaged 221.9 yards passing per game. The team captain started the first eight games of the season before suffering a fractured finger against No. 1 North Dakota State. He returned from injury in the second quarter of the season finale and led SIU win a win at Indiana State. In 2012, he started all 11 games and threw for 1,865 yards, the 12th highest single-season total in school history.”

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Undrafted LB Morgan Breslin U$C is signing with the Niners
    as a FA.

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Here is Maiocco’s capsule on the first three UDAs if anyone is interested…

    QB Kory Faulkner, Southern Illinois: Faulkner announced on Twitter that he spoke with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and has agreed to sign with the 49ers. Faulkner (6 foot 4, 224 pounds) completed 60.7 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. He averaged 221.9 yards passing per game. The team captain started the first eight games of the season before suffering a fractured finger against No. 1 North Dakota State. He returned from injury in the second quarter of the season finale and led SIU win a win at Indiana State. In 2012, he started all 11 games and threw for 1,865 yards, the 12th highest single-season total in school history. Faulkner will compete with McLeod Bethel-Thompson for the No. 3 job behind Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert.

    LB Morgan Breslin, USC: Breslin (6-1, 240) recorded 27.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks in his 18 career starts at USC after transferring from Diablo Valley JC. He lined up at left end, right end and outside linebacker for the Trojans. He earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors. “Despite his size and strength concerns, he is constantly creating pressure with his high intensity and active style on each snap — later round pick as a potential nickel rusher,” according to NFLDraftScout.com.

    S L.J. McCray, Catawba: McCray (6-0, 210) was second on the team with 78 tackles, including 3.5 for losses. He had two sacks for minus-17 yards. He did not have any interceptions, but he broke up eight passes. Jim Tomsula, the 49ers’ defensive line coach, played and coached at Catawba. He ran a 4.52 at his pro day, which was held at Wake Forest.

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Photos and capsules of the draftees are here:

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/49ers-2014-draft-class#slide-1

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    LB Chris Borland reminds people of Dolphin LB Zach Thomas.
    Harbaugh on Chris Borland’s tackling ability: “It’s like a bowling ball hitting pins.”
    This guy will battle Willhoite for Bowman’s spot until Navarro returns.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    LB Shane Skov says he’s signing with the Niners as a FA.
    Reports earlier had him headed to the Raiduhs.
    Mindi Bach of CSN and P Guitierrez of ESPN have confirmed Niners.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I also heard everybody saying Borland reminds them of Zach Thomas. I agree but when I watched his hi-lite reel the player I thought of was Jeff Ulbrich.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I was thinking Ulbrich too.
    Derek Smith his LB mate was a good backer.
    How come nobody says he plays like Dan Bunz or Craig Puki?
    Hacksaw got all the ink.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m very comfortable with the Draft Baalke orchestrated this time around.
    I liked Jimmie Ward behind Deone Bucannon on my wish list but, I also expected both guys to be avaialble in RD2.
    When AZ nabbed Deone at 27, Jimmie made a lot more sense at 30.

    The kid can cover and he tackles extremely well.
    No complaints.

    Loved the value with Carlos Hyde and I’m ecstatic with the Marcus Martin pick.

    Baalke played the Board like a piano IMO.
    Took value when he had it, (Hyde,Martin,Thomas) and, will generate a ton of competition for 53 man roster during TC.

    I see he nabbed another of my small school guys too, LJ McCray from Catawba.
    He’ll be a long shot but, he tackles well and could make the PS.

    He played multiple positions in HS too. – Interesting kid.
    Probably fits more as a SS but, he’s got good size.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit it looks like Jeffcoat went the UDFA route with Seattle.

    Here’s the link to that information –

    http://tinyurl.com/mh9uboh

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    First time since 1937 that a Texas player wasn’t drafted.
    If Mack Brown were still the coach it would be a firestorm.
    Jeffcoat took the hard road by choosing the Seahags.
    Smart not to go to the Cowgurls where he’s have to face nonstop comparisons to his Dad and always have his place questioned with
    talk of neopotism.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    I suppose you either like a guy drafted or you don’t and I don’t see an issue with his height..
    Jimmie Ward is listed at 5’11” 193.
    Same height as Whitner and Weddle and one inch taller than Earl Thomas and Troy Polamalu.
    It’s about coverage ability and football instincts.
    Taylor Mays had prototype size and speed but terrible football instincts and field awareness to even start as a safety in the NFL.
    Ward will prove his draft status. The choice has been made so let’s see what happens.

  33. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Whitner has ~20 lb on Ward. And the concern around Ward isn’t his height, it’s his slight frame for a SS. Beyond that, I don’t see him being used as a strong safety anyway. My only concern with that pick is we could have likely had him in the 2nd round and gotten Marqise Lee. Then again, I don’t get a lot of their choices. Passing on SJB was a mistake I think. They must think the CBs they drafted in rds 4-7 were nearly as good as the guys in the 2nd round. I don’t buy it, but . . .

    We’ll see.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t realize Whitner gained weight.
    He’s listed at 205 lbs.
    Seriously doubt Ward would have lasted until the 56th pick.
    Niners passed on Baptiste 3 times and he was the 58th pick.
    That tells me somebody had him overrated.
    Baptiste is tall but lacks instincts, ran a 4.55 at the combine and is a poor tackler.
    From NFL Draft Scout
    ” Frankly: In that inevitable search for the NFL’s next Richard Sherman, Jean-Babtiste fits the role as if from central casting, complete with switch from wide receiver. But he lacks Sherman’s physicality and instincts and his best shot may be as a safety. – “

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Technically they passed on Baptiste 3 times but really twice because of their trade to move back to pick 57.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Looking at the roster the drafting of Carlos Hyde might impact Kendall Hunter on the depth chart simply because he’s also in the last year of his contract and at best will be a 2nd string change of pace RB.
    Hunter has never been perceived as Gore’s successor, the primary ball carrier.
    The big IF here is Lattimore. IF healthy Hunter might find himself in a similar spot as Anthony Dixon was last year.
    Chances are on short yardage we’ll be seeing Carlos Hyde on the blast goal line plays.

  37. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We have four more UDFAs coming in, which puts us at 93, three over the 90-man limit, so we’ll have to release three men on the roster before TC.

    LB Shayne Skov, Stanford: Some draft experts had him pegged as a mid-round pick, so it was a surprise when he did not hear his name called on draft day. Skov sustained a torn ACL in 2011 and appeared to be at full strength in his final college season. As a senior captain, he led the Cardinal with 109 tackles. He also had 13 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 5.5 sacks. He rejoins his former Stanford coach, Jim Harbaugh, to compete for an NFL job.

    TE Asante Cleveland, Miami: Cleveland (6-5, 261) has good size as a blocker. He made a career-high eight starts but caught only three passes for 23 yards and a touchdown. In four seasons, he caught 14 passes for 151 yards.

    C Dillon Farrell, New Mexico: A four-year starter, Farrell (6-5, 303) earned All-Mountain West honorable mention as a senior. He helped pave the way for an offense that averaged of 308.8 yards rushing per game.

    OT Fou Fonoti, Michigan State: Fonoti (6-4, 298) started the past two seasons at right tackle, though he might project more as a guard in the NFL. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection.

  38. robNo Gravatar says:

    I like the first three picks plus ellington ! jimmie ward should help out as our 3rd CB/slot ! Mayock’s capsule on him says “built more like a CB than a safety 😉
    with our next pick we look to have gotten a future starting RB ! they also say he’s a good pass catcher out of the backfield which adds a new option for us .
    marcus martin imo is going to be the best center in this draft !!!
    i also like ellington for special teams and a chance to throw a little speed at WR into the mix !
    with the addition of johnson for a 4th round pick i think we’ve helped ourselves a lot here !!
    don’t forget we’ll have ian williams and tank added to our D-line mix too !!!

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you want to work for the Niners as an equipment manager, you better sharpen up your skills on the sewing machine
    http://www.49ers.com/video/videos/The-Making-of-Jimmie-Wards-49ers-Jersey/e6ba1c59-b024-4d8d-ad38-ef320ac59243

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I dig through a LOT of Pre-Draft information during the off season, which primarily has to do with the raw numbers and commentary.
    Hard to get a perfect picture from numbers but, H-W-S is always a barometer.

    Things I look for from a DB are, games played and tackles made.
    Ward,Pryor and Bucannon all did that.
    Ha-Ha wasn’t even in the conversation.

    For me, Ward is durable, he tackled well and, he’s quick.
    Beyond that, I defer to the Scouts and GM.

    I have no issues with his selection, just thought he and Bucannon would have landed in RD2.
    For that reason, I’m not a professional.

    I merely aspire to be a Jr GM.
    Keeps me busy,and,I try to learn something about the evaluation process.

    In the end, we wait to see what happens.

  41. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yahoo gave the 49ers an “A” grade for their draft. That, and five bucks, will of course get you a cup o’ caffeinated swill at Starbucks.

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    True true Grump –

    It’s a crap-shoot, always will be.

    Just like reading about the QB Harbaugh snagged as an UDFA,
    QB Kory Faulkner, Southern Illinois

    We all get caught up in the big shiny prospects that everyone knows.
    In the end, the Pro Coaches and talent evaluators do the dirty work.

    Maybe Harbaugh has the next Montana waiting to be announced?
    All about opinions and gut feelings.
    The players have to do the work too.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Once a player gets picked in the draft you can either look forward to him growing into an All Pro player or trash and criticize his every mistake.
    Some guys have a fear of the unknown and if they have never heard of the player he must be garbage seems to shape their opinion.
    For every player that’s picked or signed as a free agent I look at his stats and look for his video and scouting reports before I give my 2 cents.
    For me they are 49ers now. They have to give me a reason through their actions and play for me to criticize them. That will happen in training camp and pre season and where they end up on the depth chart.

  44. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    My feeble attempt at a depth chart as of now. Obviously some players are not going to make it to camp. 93 players, two heading for the PUP list for 2014.

    Offense

    QB Colin Kaepernick Blaine Gabbert Kory Faulkner McLeod Bethel-Thompson
    FB Anthony Dixon Will Tukuafu Trey Millard
    RB Frank Gore Kendall Hunter Marcus Lattimore Carlos Hyde Jewel Hampton LaMichael James
    WR1 Anquan Boldin Stevie Johnson Brandon Lloyd Jon Baldwin Chuck Jacobs
    WR2 Michael Crabtree Quinton Patton Bruce Ellington Kassim Osgood Devon Wylie David Reed DeMarco Sampson
    TE Vernon Davis Vance McDonald Garrett Celek Derek Carrier Asante Cleveland
    LT Joe Staley Jonathan Martin Luke Marquardt
    LG Mike Iupati Joe Looney Ryan Seymour Fou Fonoti
    C Daniel Kilgore Marcus Martin Dillon Farrell
    RG Alex Boone Adam Snyder Brandon Thomas (PUP) Al Netter
    RT Anthony Davis Carter Bykowski

    Defense

    LDT Ray McDonald Tony Jerod-Eddie Kaleb Ramsey Lawrence Okoye
    NT Glenn Dorsey Ian Williams Quinton Dial Christian Tupou
    RDT Justin Smith Demarcus Dobbs Tank Carradine Mike Purcell
    OLB Ahmad Brooks Corey Lemonier Aaron Lynch
    ILB NaVorro Bowman Michael Wilhoite Chris Borland
    ILB Patrick Willis Nick Moody Shayne Skov
    OLB Aldon Smith Dan Skuta Morgan Breslin Darius Fleming
    LCB Tramaine Brock Dontae Johnson Chris Cook Darryl Morris Kenneth Acker
    RCB Chris Culliver Eric Wright Perrish Cox Keith Reaser (PUP) Dax Swanson
    FS Eric Reid C.J. Spillman Craig Dahl D.J. Campbell
    SS Antoine Bethea Jimmie Ward L.J. McCray Bubba Ventrone

    Special Teams

    P Andy Lee Colton Schmidt
    K Phil Dawson
    LS Kevin McDermott

  45. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Formatting there sucks. Let me try this again…

    Offense

    QB – Colin Kaepernick – Blaine Gabbert – Kory Faulkner – McLeod Bethel-Thompson
    FB – Anthony Dixon – Will Tukuafu – Trey Millard
    RB – Frank Gore – Kendall Hunter – Marcus Lattimore – Carlos Hyde – Jewel Hampton – LaMichael James
    WR1 – Anquan Boldin – Stevie Johnson – Brandon Lloyd – Jon Baldwin – Chuck Jacobs
    WR2 – Michael Crabtree – Quinton Patton – Bruce Ellington – Kassim Osgood – Devon Wylie – David Reed – DeMarco Sampson
    TE – Vernon Davis – Vance McDonald – Garrett Celek – Derek Carrier – Asante Cleveland
    LT – Joe Staley – Jonathan Martin – Luke Marquardt
    LG – Mike Iupati – Joe Looney – Ryan Seymour – Fou Fonoti
    C – Daniel Kilgore – Marcus Martin – Dillon Farrell
    RG – Alex Boone – Adam Snyder – Brandon Thomas (PUP) – Al Netter
    RT – Anthony Davis – Carter Bykowski

    Defense

    LDT – Ray McDonald – Tony Jerod-Eddie – Kaleb Ramsey – Lawrence Okoye
    NT – Glenn Dorsey – Ian Williams – Quinton Dial – Christian Tupou
    RDT – Justin Smith – Demarcus Dobbs – Tank Carradine – Mike Purcell
    OLB – Ahmad Brooks – Corey Lemonier – Aaron Lynch
    ILB – NaVorro Bowman – Michael Wilhoite – Chris Borland
    ILB – Patrick Willis – Nick Moody – Shayne Skov
    OLB – Aldon Smith – Dan Skuta – Morgan Breslin – Darius Fleming
    LCB – Tramaine Brock – Dontae Johnson – Chris Cook – Darryl Morris – Kenneth Acker
    RCB – Chris Culliver – Eric Wright – Perrish Cox – Keith Reaser (PUP) – Dax Swanson
    FS – Eric Reid – C.J. Spillman – Craig Dahl – D.J. Campbell
    SS – Antoine Bethea – Jimmie Ward – L.J. McCray – Bubba Ventrone

    Special Teams

    P – Andy Lee – Colton Schmidt
    K – Phil Dawson
    LS – Kevin McDermott

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy
    Nice depth chart with one exception

    At FB it’s Bruce Miller I/O Dixon

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I go the same route.
    I’m a 9er fan, I choose to see for myself what the results of any Draftee presents.
    As a matter of opinion, I like the underdog against the highly rated prospect most of the time.

    If a guy loves to play football, it shows.
    If he’s here for the paycheck, he won’t last long.

    I’m intrigued with the late RD guys because they already know they’re longshots.

    For every JaMarcus there’s an Antoine Bethea.

    I’m hoping Baalke found a winners with Aaron Lynch and Kaleb Ramsey too.
    Each guy has a chance to prove they want it.

    We shall see……

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Good work Grump –
    Quality effort on your part.
    Many of those names will be gone of course but, for now, may they best men win.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- That was great! I think you accidently put Dixon in instead of Miller.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger –
    Our 7th RD Pick DT Kaleb Ramsey is an interesting pick.
    Former Basketball player with TE Experience.
    Had the most reps on the bench in Indy too.

    Has some injury concerns which obviously devalued him.
    From a size perspective, he’s right there with Ray MacD.

    He’s going to be a 25 year old rookie, so he’s got an uphill battle to make it.
    It’s up to him now.

    See if he’s got the stones to compete for a roster spot.

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting tidbit on Ramsey –

    Ramsey posted an impressive 36 reps of the 225-pound bench press at the combine. Ramsey also had six years of college elgibility due to injuries. In 2010, he sacked 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the Fight Hunger Bowl

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    By comparison, Ramsey bested Aaron Donald by 1 rep on the bench and is on par with Timmy Jernigan in the 40.
    Jernigan – 6’2″ 299
    Ramsey – 6’3″ 293

    See what happens…..

    Baalke is playing the odds with cheap Draft selections late.
    Several of the guys will get PUP’d which means no roster impact while they oversee the rehab processes.

    Gotta love a Stanford Medical rehab program.

  53. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, guys. I knew there’d be a mistake or two somewhere – I meant to delete Dixon and took out Miller instead. D’Oh!

  54. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Ramsey played DT and DE in college, I think TE was in high school. The 49ers actually are listing him at LB. Obviously, he’ll make an impact on ST this year or not at all, down the line he could be one of those guys Harbaugh moves around a bit, a la Tuku and Dobbs.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting additions too Grump were Borland, Skov and Breslin.
    All 3 are high motor blue collar football players.

    These are certainly looking like core ST additions at the very least.

    Should be interesting to see how the pecking order is settled, with the sheer number of LBs now penciled into the rotation.

    Might see another Parys Haralson-type trade off once the Camp battles are defined.
    Skuta, Wilhoite or Moody could be in for a battle.

    Nice haul of potential future starters I think.

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting take from the old Draft sage Nolan Nowrocki on Breslin –

    Highly competitive, high-motor, hard-nosed pass rusher who wins with leverage and effort. Has ‘tweener traits, but shows a knack to disrupt the backfield, and intensity and relentlessness give him a chance to carve a niche as situational, stand-up rush linebacker. Will make it difficult for coaches to cut him given his desirable makeup and passion for the game. Best tape is from 2012, as injury derailed his 2013 campaign and cost him a combine invitation.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nolan Nawrocki I should say – Apologies for the lousy proof read –

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One thing holds true with Baalke and many of his Defensive picks, they all have excellent tackle numbers.

    Borland is a pitbull.
    Kid logged 420 of them in 53 College games.

    Nothing pretty about his measurables in terms of size and speed but, he gets after the ball wherever it is.

  59. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think it was Mayock who said we are going to be cutting a lot of
    players in August who could go on to have productive careers in the NFL, at least as backups.

    I agree.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Defensive Draftee tackle stats –

    Jimmie Ward – 320
    Chris Borland – 420
    Dontae Johnson – 201
    Keith Reaser – 158
    Ken Acker – 159
    Aaron Lynch – 63 (24 games)
    Morgan Breslin – 77 (18 games)
    Kaleb Ramsey – 90

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Missed Shane Skov – 354

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Logic would say we didn’t go get Stevie Johnson to keep him on the sideline. I would expect formations with more WRs this year. Teams are learning if you want to run the ball you need to spread the defense out. We haven’t learned that yet, which is exactly the reason we haven’t won a Super Bowl the last three years. Harbaugh did make some comments at the combine that make me think we will be doing more of that this year. Maybe we have learned, we shall see come September.

  63. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, some people have the overarching need to shoot down others’opinions on draft picks to inflate their own fragile psyches. You know, bring up 4 year old posts and the like. . .

    I guess it’s forbidden to find some players that you like and think will do well and could help the team. It’s always better to wait until after the fact to praise every guy and dismiss what others opine.

  64. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Until I actually see it, Bergs . . .

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Aaron Lynch is the most intriguing draft pick for me.

  66. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Bullitt, Baptiste was projected as a mid 3rd rounder 2 months ago. Where did the overrated one get drafted? Right, 2nd roubnd. He’s overrated at 58 but gets drafted at 59? Like I said. Think, skippy. Stop pining for gotchas.

    Ward was projected as a mid 2nd round guy. But his concerns aren’t valid, right? Because the Niners drafted him? Donte’s 210. No one said he had a slight frame. Like they are saying about Ward. Lacks NFL size is the phrase I’ve heard.

    We’ll see, eh? The good news is you’ll be referencing these posts in 2018. I can hardly wait.

  67. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Aaron Lynch is the most intruding of all the picks. If Tomsula can’t get his hands on him and coach him up, no other team can.

    Fascinating that it’s a draft of projects and ‘draft and stash’ more so than any other year that I can remember. But I guess our coaching staff has that much faith in our starting lineup and just staying the course.

    Crabtree will get his second chance against that grossly over paid corner this season.

  68. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Effing spell check. . ‘Intruiging’ of all the picks. I’m better off with a Conica typewriter…

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Spell Check Smell Check Franchise.
    With the way the social media world is evolving spelling and handwriting in general will cease to exist as we old-timers know it.

    Everything in the world of text messaging is about abbreviations and acronyms.

    It’s a real world word jumble.
    Does keep the mind sharp when we attempt to decipher code like,
    Gee Dad? IDK, hit me back if U can. L8R.

    I didn’t even know I started the fight but hey, you told me to hit you back.

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    But you’re right, I remember when a Corona was used for term papers.
    Not a Mexican brew you stick lime wedges in before you guzzle.

  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Suddenly I’m the grumpy old fart that has a phone smarter than I am.
    What’s the weather looking like for the rest of the week?
    Check your phone old man.
    Sure.
    I can do that.
    Maybe?

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmie Ward is a 49er and your mancrush Baptiste isn’t.
    Deal with that reality.

  73. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy’s grumpy, yer NJ. But yeah it suck to realize you’ve become the old fart you used to make fun of.

    Again, liking guys and thinking they could help the team is a crime in these parts. It’s only kosher to use one’s hindsight. Tiger beat strikes again!

    “Gosh! I don’t like him til he OURS!!”

  74. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    “When I was a boy, a crack salesman was a GOOD thing.”

  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Carlos Hyde will wear number 2.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Chuck, Dumb guy with a smart phone has it’s privileges I guess?
    My time is spent doing important stuff like talking 9ers and earning a paycheck.
    Who has time to learn about all this software and phone features?

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I get text messages from my kids that resemble something like hieroglyphics half the time.
    I’ve learned to reply with HUH? without even looking at the screen.

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks?

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I came across an old library book that my oldest Son swiped about 25+ years ago.
    San Francisco 49ers Great Teams Great Years 1974
    Gene Washington on the cover.

    I taught him well 😀

    If they ever kept a tally on the overdue charges I’d likely have to surrender my house now.

  80. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    My dad bought me that book, Bullit. Still have it.

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As Joe Walsh so aptly sung it – Life’s Been Good.
    Life’s been good to me so far……

    Lucky I’m sane after all I’ve been through
    (Everybody say I’m cool) (He’s cool)
    I can’t complain but sometimes I still do
    Life’s been good to me so far

    I go to parties, sometimes until four
    It’s hard to leave when you can’t find the door
    It’s tough to handle this fortune and fame
    Everybody’s so different, I haven’t changed

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Got my copy for free Grump 😀
    Courtesy of a (then young and impressionable Son), visiting the school library.

    I returned the favor and paid for his 49er tattoo when he turned 18.
    My wife wanted my A$$ in vice for doing it but, hey?

    That’s a Dad’s job isn’t it?
    Passing along good, moral, family values.

  83. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Had he asked for a Dallas star or otherwise, I’d have disowned him.
    Pretty simple rules in my family. One Rule.
    Rule #1 –
    You’re a 9er fan at birth, no deviations permitted.
    Rule #2 –
    Don’t test your luck. See rule #1.

  84. winderNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, that’s a great philosophy, and one that I myself have adhered to. I am so thankful my dad was a Niner fan and passed it on to me.

  85. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Winder.
    A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

    My Grandkids are 9er fans as well.
    The youngest of which is 4.
    Ask him who #7 is and he’ll tell you….Kaepernick!

  86. 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: L 13-24
Dec. 3: at Chicago: W 15-14
Dec. 10: at Houston: W 26-16
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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