The results are in and we now know the names of the ten players who will waste their first year in the NFL learning schemes and systems from lousy coaches who will be fired in a year or two. Enjoy the ride, fellas.
First round pick Arik Armstead, a 4-technique DE from Oregon, is described as a “project.” I.E., he’ll be no help this year. Or maybe even next year. This pick is obviously meant to replace Ray McDonald, whom Baalke heaved out the door last year for appearing to be a bad guy, even though it turned out he wasn’t.
The second round pick was Jaquiski Tartt, the third highly drafted safety by Trent Baalke in the past three years. Jaquiski is also a guy who will be no help this year, except on Special Teams. Picking another safety here clearly indicates at least one of the previously drafted safeties is looking like a bust (Hint: Jimmie “Burnt” Ward).
Third round pick OLB Eli Harold probably means the team can go ahead and cut or trade overpaid malcontent Ahmad Brooks. Harold might not see much action this year, either, except on Special Teams, unless last year’s surprise contributor Aaron Lynch has a sophomore slump or Aldon Smith has a career ending relapse.
If you’re following along this far, you’ll note that none of these picks is likely to be relevant in 2015, barring a rash of injuries like we had last year. It might occur to HC Jim Tomsula that Baalke isn’t real concerned for his welfare, just as it no doubt occurred to former HC Jim Harbaugh — although it certainly hasn’t dented the cranial wasteland of smug dimwit owner Jed York — yet. Many NFL types think Tomsula will be a one and done coach, anyway, and Tomsula might be starting to agree with them. Privately, of course. Publicly, he’ll be grinning like an idiot and praising everyone, just like the professional brown-noser he is.
None of the picks in the 4-7 rounds will be getting any playing time this year, either, except possibly for 4th round RB Mike Davis if his pass blocking is cleared for duty by RB coach Tom Rathman. Or 5th round punter(!?!?) Bradley Pinion, if the team jettisons the more expensive current long time punter Andy Lee. But, what the hell, Baalke has to keep re-stocking the practice squad in case any of them ever actually develop into decent players.
No inside linebackers, wide receivers, or cornerbacks were picked. This leaves the secondary precariously prone to some serious beat downs, and career backup ILB Michael Wilhoite once again in the starting lineup, alongside the torn up knee of Navorro Bowman. The depth behind them is entirely un-noteworthy. Somewhere in Seattle, Marshawn Lynch is grinning from earhole to earhole. With new teammate TE Jimmy Graham doing a bit of a dunk-itty-dunk do-si-do right along with him.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2015 San Francisco 49ers. Read it and weep.