2014 Draft Recap

Hats off to 49ers GM Trent Baalke, who put on an amazing show at the 2014 NFL Draft. Maybe he was juiced up by all the offseason talk about who had more value to the franchise — him or Jim Harbaugh. Nobody can tell how this draft class will look two or three years down the road, but there’s no doubt Baalke deserves an A for effort at the very least.

After a quiet first round, Baalke was a man possessed on day two. Wheeling and dealing on a day long frenzy of trades up and down the board, he managed to haul in blue chip prospects at running back (Carlos Hyde), center (Marcus Martin), inside linebacker (Chris Borland), and the yearly ACL red shirt steal, an offensive tackle/guard (Brandon Thomas).

But the biggest immediate impact player Baalke netted might be the trade with Buffalo for wide out Stevie Johnson, a very good player who finally gives the team a bona fide three deep receiver corps. Throw in the veteran offseason acquisition Brandon Lloyd, and the team is even legitimately four deep at WR. All we need now is an offense that uses that many WRs. Maybe Baalke’s boldness will rub off on OC Greg Roman.

On the third and final day of the draft, Baalke picked up a slew of interesting “prospects.” Three CBs (Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser, Kenneth Acker), a speedy WR/Kick returner (Bruce Ellington), a pass rusher (Aaron Lynch), a DE (Kaleb Ramsey), and a FB (Trey Millard). Like Thomas, Reaser will red shirt this year, too.

The 49ers are relying this year on two players who have never been tested by the NFL fires — ILB Michael Wilhoite, who’ll fill half the year for rehabbing Navorro Bowman, and RB Marcus Lattimore, who red-shirted last year. That’s not a feel good situation. So Baalke picked up Borland and Hyde to hedge the bet.

Despite LaMichael James’ best efforts to get traded or released, he’s still the primary punt/kick off guy heading into 2014. That could change if 4th round pick Ellington shines in the preseason, but James is game tested and Ellington isn’t. LaMichael may have to tough out another year of being disrespected before finally escaping to some other franchise.

Interesting observation from Eric Branch of the Chronicle: After draft trades, what 49ers have netted from 2 2nd-round picks from Chiefs for Alex Smith: DL Carradine, RB Hyde, LB Borland, OLB Lemonier, and a 2015 4th round pick. That’s a seriously decent haul of talent for one guy. It might not be up there with the OJ Simpson or Herschel Walker trades, but it’s in the vicinity.




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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As for the Draft Coverage ESPN scored on Thurs night with close to 10 million viewers due to the Johnny Freefall drama.
    Fri night Rds 2/3 viewership went down to 3 mil and Sat rds 4-7 under 2 mil.
    For comparison over 11 mil watched last year’s Pro Bowl.
    http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2014/05/espns-highest-rated-nfl-draft-telecast-since-1993/

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Peter King has a lengthy story in the middle of his column on the genius of Baalke and bounty amassed with the Alex Smith trade. You just have to get past “Johnny Football” to see the topic.

    In short:
    “The Trent Baalke School of Trading is open. Still.

    Now that we see the final product of what the Niners gave away and received in the Alex Smith trade from 14 months ago, we can judge one thing about San Francisco GM Trent Baalke: He is calculating, he is fast, and he knows how to set up his team for the future.

    The result, first, of the 2013 trade of Smith to Kansas City for a pair of second-round draft picks. The two second-round picks, or their tributaries, were traded a total of five times over the past two drafts, and here’s how it shook out after this year’s draft.

    Surrendered
    QB Alex Smith

    Acquired*
    DL Tank Carradine (second round, 2013)
    LB Corey Lemonier (third round, 2013)
    LB Chris Borland (third round, 2014)
    RB Carlos Hyde (second round, 2014)
    WR Stevie Johnson (acquired for 2015 fourth-rounder)”

    http://mmqb.si.com/2014/05/12/the-2014-nfl-draft-sealed-with-a-kiss/6/

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    For all the 49er fans that didn’t like Alex Smith while he was here, they should love him now after seeing what we got for him. That is quite a haul!

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What intrigues me about Lynch is he is either a steal or a wasted pick. Most of us love to see somebody turn themselves around after making mistakes. Will this guy? That is what is intriguing.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    One thing’s for sure. The ST unit is going to be a whole lot younger. We have lots of bodies to throw into the mix.

    Everyone is saying Hyde is a steal, but I’m sure Marcus Lattimore isn’t feeling very loved right about now, despite his determination to get back out there. Kendal Hunter and LMJ as well. But, tough shit dot com, as I tell my kids all the time. Competition for RB got a lot more fierce than it was planned to be.

    Stevie Wonder? We’ll see about that. We’ve let better men (Randy Moss) wither on the vine as the 3rd WR. I guess Brandon Lloyd’s days are numbered. The telling thing was rounds 4-7 netted an ST guy. No offensive guys. Not even a flier at WR. Based on who they drafted, I don’t see a huge change in the offensive philosophy.

    Which worries me.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, pardon me. We drafted FB in the 7th round. IOW, our backup slot WR.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The last guy drafted, Trey Millard FB/Hback is going to push Bruce Miller for a starting spot when he’s healthy in 2015.
    I’ve watched him destroy Texas and he is very much going to be Rathman’s favorite.
    Millard can run and catch and he’s a sledgehammer lead blocker.
    If he comes back from his knee injury he’s another great choice.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH2hNyOwMmI

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    The more I see Hyde the more I see Frank Gore. I think this guy is gonna be great. If Marcus can come back I think we’ll have the best backfield in the game. I am excited about this draft.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers WR Stevie Johnson passed his physical to complete trade with Bills.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey 3rd rd. 2013) has been suspended for a violation of the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.”

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners released Darius Fleming LB, Demarco Sampson WR and Dax Swanson DB to get down to 90 man roster limit.
    If your first name began with a D, it wasn’t your day.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It has been said that Stevie Johnson had an off year last season
    having some injuries and being out of shape. According to Buffalo Rumblings Johnson had a difficult period because his mother passed away in 2013.
    Anyway he was on the practice field today in Santa Clara after passing his physical wearing #13 and looks to be fit and in shape.
    http://tinyurl.com/l9jtrst

  13. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Fleming just could not stay healthy. And with all the young LBs we have brought in, he just did not have a shot to stick.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Stevie Wonder was out of shape and injured before his mom passed away. He’s spent 2-3 years dogging it. His knock has always been he’s a me-first kind of guy.

    Maybe his mom passing might give him a sense of perspective. Or at least maturity.

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    He and Brandon Lloyd might be fighting for one spot on this team. Not sure we’d keep two geezers AND Anquan. Crabs and Patton and Ellington are locks, barring injury.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The acquisition of Stevie Johnson is a no brainer.
    The trade is set up conditionally. If he’s not as advertised, underperforms or is a problem the Niners can simply cut him and they owe Buffalo nothing.
    Before 2013 he had 3 straight 1000 yard seasons with Fitzpatrick throwing to him.
    Last year he had EJ Manuel, Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel as the QB
    and that position was essentially manned by a group of rookies..

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Grump. I think Stevie Wonder wins mainly because he’s younger. But Stevie could lollygag himself off the team. Patton actually got some looks oonce he got back on the field. Unfortunately not on that last play, but I hope he progresses and stays healthy. He’s looking like he can open things up a little downfield.

    I wonder if Ellington even gets a shot at WR. In other words I hope our 4 WR sets actually use 4 WRs.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The contracts are just getting unsustainable.
    Joe Haden CB just signed a $68 mil 5 year extension with $45 mil guaranteed. The math says $17 mil a year but creative math is reported to be around $14 mil a year.
    Patrick Peterson says he wants more than Haden and Dick Sherman on his new contract after next year.
    I’m sure Revis will weigh in next year with a request for more.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What did Mark Cuban say about pigs?
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    They get slaughtered. Goodie Goodell is coming close to fulfilling his prophesy.

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And BTW, who here thinks the draft gets moved back to April due to the firestorm around moving it to May.

    Beuller . . . Beuller . . . Beuller?

  21. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That should be ‘firestorm’

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Under the category, “What took so long”, two draft pick have already signed. LB Lynch and DL Ramsey.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I think da Bearssss signed all their guys, or most of them.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niner PR dept interview with Stevie Johnson.
    You can’t help but get excited if the Niners come out in a 3 WR set with Boldin, Crabtree and Johnson with Vernon finding gaps in the coverage.
    The offense might evolve because of the weapons that have been stockpiled.
    http://www.49ers.com/video/videos/Stevie-Johnson-Perfect-Situation-with-49ers/45938d3a-5340-4ce6-9e61-168393703d7f

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    might?

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Excuse me for not jumping for joy. Mainly because we all heard for 5 years how well Alex was throwing the deep ball and how the coaching staff was going to open up the offense.

    THe boggest difference is that this is Harbaugh’s last best shot to win it all. His offense has gotten us close, and a few plays here and there, and we may have won 3 Super Bowls in the last 3 years.

    But, the reality is, we came up short 3 times running this offense. If he falls short again, they very well could move on with someone else. Mooch and Seifert suffered tha same fate. And Seifert WON 2 Super Bowls.

  27. Bigjon510No Gravatar says:

    Did you hear Stevie say the first thing he noticed about working with Kap is that he’s got a cannon for an arm! Can’t wait!!!

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Seifert was a similar type of coach to the last 5 years except he had Holmgren and Shanahan as OCs and let them run their offense. Result, 2 SBs. I’ve said this countless times and I’ll say many more, if you want to run the ball you have not allow your blocking schemes to be outnumbered. The way to do that is to spread the defense out from the box with formations that are spread out. Plus, when you try o pass from a sardine can formation your QB gets sacked a lot.

  29. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, that was my point with the earlier post. ThEy talk about changes, and they have for 7 years. Once the rubber hits the road,, they go back to what they’ve been doing.

    Until they try 3 WR formations on 1st/2nd down and change things up in the red zone, I get no excitement from hearing this stuff now.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Greg Hardy is making Aldon look like a piker:

    “She was thrown on a bed covered “in assault weapons and/or shotguns.” She estimated between 25 and 30 guns, including “AK-47s, automatic-looking weapons, shotguns, rifles and pistols.”

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Did the cops see the guns? You think that would have been part of the deal. But it is North Carolina. Maybe he uses his guns as blankets.

  32. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I read the victim’s statement had it as “a couch covered in assault rifles and/or shotguns.” She doesn’t sound much like a weapons expert to me. Maybe it was the pattern on the couch.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers re-sign QB Josh Johnson, release DT Christian Tupou.”

  34. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Just to take a timeout from the fires here in San Diego, I need to focus my attention on this…

    A YT gem of our two draft picks going helmet to helmet. Who to root for… Carlos or Chris… ha, who cares? They’re both ours!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB0rhZKHYyg

    04:27 – Chris Borland is always around the ball. While he wiffs on the arm tackle (if only he had Aldon’s 747 wingspan..) look how quickly he bounces back up to chase down the QB.

    06:17 – Watch how quickly Borland does the read/diagnosis, weaves and tip toes past the guard, and makes the tackle.

    08:20 – Stonewall Jackson. Great timing and leverage.

    As for Carlos, he proves that he can be a back for four quarters. A load that’s always falling forward – with the rare exception of 08:20.

    I’m pumped up gentlemen.

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Franchise- I watched Ohio St a few times this last year. They were in trouble going into 4th Q and Hyde would just take over as the game went on to destroy the opponents hopes of winning.

  36. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, i read from a draft pundit (dont recall source) who equated Hyde to Marshawn Lynch. Bold prognosis.. thoughts?

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Franchise

    That comparison of Hyde resembling Lynch was made in Lindy’s Draft Guide

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Warriors new head coach is Steve Kerr.
    Kerr was going to the Knicks for sure and then suddenly out of no where the Warriors made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
    Kerr’s success is going to be tied to his coaching staff.
    I think he’s an excellent hire if the Greg Popovich in him rubs off on the team. They need to pass more and dribble less.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When I watched Hyde I thought of Steven Jackson. I can see how some would use Lynch comparisons. His running style is punishing but he didn’t always do that. At times he would give a subtle move and just run around a safety who had him in his sights.

  40. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Kerr lives in San Diego, and SF is certainly a hell of a lot closer that NY. Thing is, the owners want the new coach to live in the Bay Area, as mark Jackson wouldn’t. I don’t think Kerr wanted to move his family across the country.

    Haven’t heard what the deal is with that.

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kerr says he is going to use an offensive strategy that is based on spacing and ball movement. Can somebody explain that to RoBaugh!

    The Warriors relied too much on isolation plays last year and it stalled the offense often. It’s kind of what happens to the 49ers when they use isolation to a certain WR with the hope that he wins his 50/50 ball thrown his way. I’d rather see spacing and throwing to open receivers with better play design. I have doubts Roman’s cave man philosophy can comprehend this philosophy and even if he understands the idea, can he design a play calling system that is opposite of his instincts?

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops, I messed up my email address and got a different gravitar.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On paper starting the year with Boldin, a healthy Crabtree, a healthy Patton and Stevie Johnson at WR looks a lot better than
    Boldin, Kyle Williams and Marlon Moore.
    You subtract Boobie Dixon and add Lattimore and Hyde to the running back corps and that’s a huge upgrade. At the start of last year Hunter was also battling his way back from his injury and was limited.
    Kap has more game experience under his belt so he should show more growth.
    Top that off with Levi’s Stadium opening and I am stoked for the season to start.

  44. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    My thought is Harbaugh has to get more involved in the passing offense. After all, Roamn is the run OC.

    And Mangina is . . . uh, chief clipboard holder? All these dangerous minds better come up with something a little better than the close-but-not-quite deal we’ve seen these past few years.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Aaron Hernandez was just indicted for that double murder.
    He’s going to be tried for 3 murders along with other crimes.
    He has as much chance of playing in the NFL again as OJ.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Detailed legal analysis from Niners Nation on Aldon’s attorney’s strategy.
    I think all Niner fans hope that Aldon finally learns his lesson
    and grows up. He needs to stay sober because one more screwup
    will be the last straw.
    http://www.ninersnation.com/2014/5/14/5707682/aldon-smith-seeks-to-wrap-up-civil-and-criminal-cases

  47. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Why do you have to enter your email address so much?

  48. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Huh. Based on the state of the negotiations, he looks to get less than the 4-6 game suspension I thought he would. Possibly 2 or even none should all this get pled out, and thus out. I think the Santa Clara Sheriff’s office role of inviting him to shoot their guns at a charity event will cause the waepons charge to be significantly reduced, or even thrown out. Smith says,”I didn’t know” and they take his guns and he pays a nominal fine. The airport charge goes away, and there you have it. No missed games.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Carlos Hyde and Dontae Johnson have inked their rookie contracts today.

  50. EarlNo Gravatar says:

    Another year blogging, a new season stands waiting. Happy birthday, Skeebs.

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs. Carolina, 1:25 p.m.
Sept. 17: at Seattle, 1:25 p.m.
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams, 5:25 p.m.
Oct. 1: at Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis, 10 a.m.
Oct. 15: at Washington, 10 a.m.
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
 
2016 Prognostications
Closest To The Pin
  Grumpy: 3-13
  Spitblood: 3-13
  Winder: 3-13
Bakkentom: 0-16
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 8-8, 7-9, 9-7, 10-6
Mr Fletch: 4-12
NJ49er: 5-11
Phil Fan: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 7-9
Skeebers: 6-10

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