Depleted Roster

It’s NFL Combine week, which means that February is down to its last useless week with a schedule of fittingly useless events that showcase certain peculiar athletic skills of a huge pile of college boys. All of this is a cover for psychotic interviews designed to weed out the mental cases and generally failing to do so. That plus all the out of work coaches will be there begging for jobs.

Speaking of Jim Tomsula, it does not appear any team out there has been inquiring about his services. It’s possible Jimbo is content to enjoy the dough he squeezed out of the Yorks and laugh himself into a long and comfortable retirement. Or it’s possible nobody wants anything to do with him. That would be my recommendation.

Most of the gab that has dribbled forth lately revolves around whether the 49ers should or should not keep Colin Kaepernick on the roster this year. Whether he does or does not fit into Chip Kelly‘s offense. In reality, it doesn’t matter. Kaepernick’s only value to the 49ers is in a trade for draft picks. He’ll never have value here as a QB. Or anywhere else, probably, but let some other franchise discover that. The Niners already have.

The Niners have a lot of holes to fill this year. O-line, D-line, ILB, OLBs, TEs, WRs — heck, most every unit on the team. But the April Draft can only provide one or two instant starters. And less if Trent Baalke again bungles his picks. Which makes the most important part of the offseason the coming free agency period, which begins in two weeks.

The only area on the team that doesn’t need restocking is the secondary. In the past three drafts, Baalke has spent seven picks on CBs and Safeties. Most of them are decent, but so far none of them are above average. Jimmie Ward showed the most promise last year, but mainly as a slot corner. If the others don’t step it up this coming year, the defense will continue to be a sieve. And we’ll have another bunch of failures to add to Baalke’s growing negative resume.




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  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    TB has much ammo and needs to upgrade. Many FA’S to bid on for instant starters. Many will be bid too high, including to parent team.

    MMQB has article on 10 surprise quality FA’s. Mitchell Schwartz RT, Malik Jackson 3-4 DE, and George Iloka S may get pricey.

    Be prepared for the overspend. Jed has guilt from his egg on face. TB needs impact from FA and draft. No excuses for him.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers announce a four-year extension for tight end Garrett Celek.”

  3. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    FA starts in a couple of weeks. How insane does the bidding get.

    We need to play.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap’s reps say he is open to coming back to the Niners.
    I am sure that is tied to his $12 mil contract. Ask him to take a pay cut and work on a $5 mil contract and I bet he changes his tune.

    Even if Kap comes back he needs to battle for the job.
    The atmospehere here has changed and the Niner fans will no longer be tolerant of errant throws and not seeing wide open receivers.

    If this involves work ethic Kap needs to rededicate himself to film study and truly learning to run all aspects of the offense or he will fail.

    My gut tells me if Baalke drafted a QB in the middle rounds and allowed him to develop we might not be focusing on this.
    The QB job was handed to Kap and it was his to lose. Last year he lost it and didn’t handle it like an adult with some questionable behavior.

    Time for the Niners to move on IMO.

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN
    Baalke says team will bring back Kap
    It’s official

  6. robNo Gravatar says:

    NFL on ESPN

    Twitter › ESPNNFL49ers GM says Colin Kaepernick will be on the roster on April 1 when he’s guaranteed $11.9 million.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s official on April 1, Rob. For now, it’s just talk.

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    Hey SKEEB april 1 ? maybe it’s jus t a Baalke April fools joke
    LOL

  9. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Eager to work with Kaep…
    Camp begins 3+ weeks later.
    Still potential for a deal on Draft day, if they can demonstrate he’s healthy enough to participate.
    Can’t release him for nothing.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Correct that –
    Draft begins 3+ weeks later.
    Between April 4th and the Draft, they need to show him as a participant at the very least.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers announce a three-year contract extension for DL Quinton Dial.”

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke also said this about Anthony Davis
    “Right tackle Anthony Davis has yet to file for reinstatement from the reserve/retired list, and Baalke insisted he knows little about Davis’ social-media posts outlining his comeback from a year’s hiatus. “Right now, that contract is being tolled,” Baalke said. “It’s just sitting there. It’s like the Internet cloud. It’s just up there.”

    If AD is serious about coming back why not apply for reinstatement? After the stunt he pulled last year does he expect a raise? Time to move on.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Turn back the clock to a year ago.
    If someone posted that Gabbert and Kap were in an open QB competition and it was uncertain who would win some of the Kap fanboys would heckle you relentlessly.
    Not this year. It appears to be head to head and an even bet with Gabbert having an advantage with understanding the playbook.

    WE will find out fast if Kap is capable of change as all the pressure is squarely on him. The excuses made all all BS because Gabbert played behind the same line and had a new running back every week off the street to run the ball.
    Kap had half his starts with Carlos Hyde which is a huge advantage.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Where have you heard this before?
    One way to devalue a QB is to say he has tiny hands like Alex Smith.

    • Cal quarterback Jared Goff, who could be the top quarterback picked on draft day, is the latest signal caller to have his hands under the microscope at the combine.

    Tom Pelissero, who covers the NFL for USA Today, tweeted Wednesday morning about Goff’s “supposedly tiny” hands:

    “One point of curiosity for coaches/scouts entering combine week: how does Jared Goff measure? Smallest of top QBs, hands supposedly tiny.”

    Many coaches and general managers acknowledge that hand size matters in the evaluation process. Quarterbacks with smaller hands are more susceptible to problems gripping and delivering the ball in bad weather.

    Goff and other quarterbacks will face the media interview portion of combine festivities Thursday, which should be interesting.

    • North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz drew praise from 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, a graduate assistant at North Dakota State some 25 years ago.

    “He’s got the stature you’re looking for. He’s got the intelligence you’re looking for,” Baalke said. “There are so many positives to draw from. Now, how ready is he going to be when he gets to the league? I think there will be a learning curve, but there is for everybody at that position.”

    Wentz, who’ll address the media Thursday, went 20-3 as a starter and captained North Dakota State’s past two teams that won the FCS national championship.

    “They’ve put out a lot of good football players for a small, lower-level play,” Baalke said. “Certainly there’s a learning curve they all go through, but I don’t think it’s as drastic as some may (think). They play at a high level.”

    Above was taken from Cam Inman article.

  15. robNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah but does Wentz have tiny hands lol

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Frank Gore is here in Indy, not to hang out with Colts teammates but to try hand at scouting.”

    Go, Frank!

  17. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going out on the ledge, Chip will be better off with Prescott or Doughty.
    Word has it Kaep’s Agents have requested permission for a trade.
    His representatives are looking to repair a bad deal IMO.
    Let him go.
    Deal with the NYJ for No and move on.
    What a joke..

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    So much for the obligatory happy talk.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco was on 95.7 today and he said that for the last 18 months Kap has basically shunned his team mates and chosen to wear the Beats headphones and not have anything to do with his fellow team mates.
    Maiocco stated that Kap preferred to go “Lone Wolf” and not exhibit any type of leadership.
    Maiocco stated the locker room was very Pro Gabbert because Kap acted like a jerk.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Kap Fanboys are still holding out hope that Kap will actually compete and win the starting QB job.

    It dopesn’t become more clear than this. Kap’s agents have requested permission to work out a trade.

    FANBOYS, KAP DOES NOT WANT TO STAY WITH THE NINERS. HIS FEELINGS WERE HURT WHEN HE WAS BENCHED AND HE CAN”T OVERLOOK THAT.

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/report-kaepernick-requests-permission-seek-trade

  21. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Concur NJ, time to cut the Kap and move on. He’s done as are the rest of us…well there are evidently a few holdout Kap guys around but this guy ain’t one of ’em.

    CUT THE K(r)AP. I don’t really blame him as much as I do the mismanagement of this team.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some are saying the Niners have plenty of Cap room and can afford to squander $12 mil to continue the Kap debacle.

    $12 mil fixes your Oline or buys you an elite pass rusher.

    $12 buys you a receiver like Alshon Jeffery.

    In other words, $12mil fixes flaws on thie team and can go a big way to get this team back to the playoffs.

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Contract has to be restructured to 2 mil a year or niners have to agree to subsidize the balance of the contract for x years. NO TEAM will trade for Kap and pay that idiot 16 mil a year.

    Why would Jed agree to pay 12 to 14 million for a year or two to do a trade. For draft picks? We have enough 4th to 6th round, which is all any team would give up for him.

    He is a risk at this point for any team to bring on. Sane GM’S realize the risk does not warrant more than a backup’S contract. Sane GM’S would wait for his release. If Jed is sane he should realize he is not worth the effort of a trade, release him and allow TB to concentrate on other stuff.

    Whether TB and his stuff merit anything is another post.

  24. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    10 to 12 mil buys Malik Jackson. 15 mil buys Wilkerson. 8 mil buys Osemele. X mil buys Mitchell Schwartz RT, a credible FA replacement for AD if needed.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you look up the makeup of this roster it is asinine to think that $12 mil can be wasted friviously with further comments like
    paying $12 mil for a backup QB that failed is acceptable.

    If you have $12 mil sitting on the bench with no hope of succeeding because he lost out to a $2 mil a year player then you have doomed your team to mediocrity. That’s a direct arrow pointed at Baalke for his failure to evaluate Kap.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Former 49ers OT Anthony Davis, who abruptly retired last June, will apply for reinstatement and wants to play in 2016, per league sources.”

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire????

    Justin Smith might want to make a comeback but not necessarily for the Niners.

    Remember when there were the unexpected retirements? I said there was a correlation between Harbaugh being shown the door
    and guys like Justin Smith and Willis deciding playing wasn’t worth it. Naturally the Barnyard said there was no connection
    because they all incorrectly thought the team was still a playoff team. Boy were they wrong.

    There is no doubt that if Jed and the FO gave Harbaugh a raise
    and the coaching staff remained intact guys like Justin Smith, Willis and Gore would’ve stuck around to make one more push for a ring.

    As it was with the coaching staff dismantled it convinced the vets that this team would not be able to move past Ariz and Seattle. A Super Bowl Ring almost ensures that Justin Smith, Patrick Willis and Frank Gore make the HOF. They still might without it but it is the sweetener that’s almost a guarantee.

    Who would start this rumor regarding Justin SAmith?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/02/26/does-justin-smith-want-to-return-to-the-nfl/

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Funny how Chuckles and the Barnyard have turned on Baalke, a guy they bent over for and totally supported when Harbaugh left.
    If you read back they were even touting Tomsula and his undefeated record as a head coach.

    Lot’s of crow has been consumed in the Barnyard Pyongyang N.K. chapter. Chuckles just can’t get his fill of crow. Hyuk!

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Will Fuller WR Notre Dame just ran a 4.33
    One to keep an eye on in Rd 2.
    Came out as a Jr and was a productive playmaker and TD scorer in college.

  30. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    AJ Jenkins had similar speed. Need to look further. Is he weak and knockable off his routes.

  31. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    6’0″ 172 slight build and skinny legs. AJ Jenkins or DeSean Jackson?

    Can he handle press coverage. He is a body catcher. No thanks. High picks build the lines.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom

    Players are different and AJ Jenkins was an aberration.
    So because the Niners once drafted Kentwan Balmer they should stop drafting ^’5″ 317 lb defensive lineman from the ACC.

    It’s not just the physical, it’s what’s in the players heart and what’s between his ears.

    Will Fuller will be a great Pro WR IMO.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    should read 6″5″ 317 lbs

  34. robNo Gravatar says:

    Good to see AD wants to come back.
    Im sure this process wont take much longer now.

    Looks like Kap wants out.

  35. winderNo Gravatar says:

    rob- if he does go I hope it’s to the Jets. It should make for some good entertainment.
    It’s pretty obvious that no one on our staff can evaluate WR’s. Either a QB or a lineman should be our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd pick.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ian Rapaport says two teams interested in Kap are Cleveland and Houston.
    But Rappaport also says Niners want Kap to stay and compete for a job.
    Not so sure about the latter because those bridges have gone up in smoke. If Kap sticks around he can be a real cancer if he is relegated to the backup job.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The reason Baalke fails at drafting WRs is because he does it half assed.
    Niners were interested in Odell Beckham but were hemming and hawing and afraid to give up that extra pick to take him.

    AJ Jenkins was the 30th pick of the first round. After the first 15 picks the picks are far from sure things. Baalke was fishing the the diamond in the rough and he got a lump of coal.

    Everyone wants to get their Jordy Nelson, Emanuel Sanders or Antonio Brown.
    Last year they had a shot at Stefon Diggs but he was ignored until round 5 and he proved to be a great value. It’s all luck but this doesn’t mean you stop drafting them.

    With that attitude Baalke should never draft a Olineman having taken Looney, Marcus Martin and Brandon Thomas.
    However they need the Olineman so you hope he can hit on 2 of them in this draft. Baalke was too busy messing around with that project guy from Azusa Pacific that got cut after 2 seasons.

  38. winderNo Gravatar says:

    yeah, we had a lot of linemen in camp last year but none of them were very good. Baalke draft record doesn’t inspire confidence at any position as far as I can see.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One of the funniest comments of 2015 embraced by Chuckles of the Barnyard was quoting Jed York and comparing the hiring of Jim Tomsula to the W’s hiring of Steve Kerr.
    History will tell you that nothing was further from the truth.
    Yet there was Chuckles parroting the BS that Jed fed him.

    Big difference to being a loyal fan and a gullible doofus fan.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Saw our new OL Coach Flaherty was running the OL Drills in Indy.
    Might it suggest there will be a focus on those positions?

    We won’t have a sniff at Tunsil, who’s likely going to TN, barring a deal of some kind.
    Would prefer to go Defense with Pick 7 over a QB but, we’ll see how that plays out.

    OTs Spriggs and Haeg could be had later if they opt to wait on that position.
    If AD manages a comeback, I’d still consider him at LG.
    Drafting another Center wouldn’t surprise me either.
    The kid from MI, Glasgow could work inside too from what I saw.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Warriors win #53 and all I can say is WOW!

    As Nate Thurmond just said “Never underestimate the heart of a champion”.

    Curry hurts ankle but comes back and buries a record tying 12 treys.

    All I can say is WOW!

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit the entire WR Group was slow, with the exception of Fuller.
    That’s another position I hope they wait on past RDs 1&2.
    This Draft Class is strongest on Defense.
    Granted, Chip will likely want his own QB from this Group.
    Hope he looks beyond RD1.

    Connor Cook is a bit arrogant IMO but, he’s also played in a Pro System at MSU.
    Might see him slide a bit in comparison to the others.
    Dak seems like a guy Chip could have some success with too?

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Talk already coming out of Indy regarding ‘small hands’ for Goff.
    The Annual Cattle Parade is already spinning the media machine.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Have you given up on Marcus Martin?
    If AD does come back I’d play him one more year at RT and let Brown develop to replace him. I would also sign one of the Schwartz Bros or both.

    If Goff is there at #7 and they passed on him it would be Aaron Rodgers 2.0. Goff is special because today at the Combine he was the only QB to throw receivers open. That is such a huge
    skill to have that seperates ordinary from extraordinary.

    Until this void at QB is solved the team will be ordinary on looking in the playoffs instead of participating.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Martin doesn’t seem strong enough to me Bullit.
    Not that he couldn’t improve his conditioning of course.
    Agree, to an extent, on how they look to FA.
    Would like to see Alex Mack on the radar, at the right price, but, he won’t be cheap.
    He would be cheaper than an OT however.
    Given the tempo at which Chip operates, AD may not be a scheme fit any longer.
    We’ll see what comes in that regard.
    I’d consider him inside at LG, or, make him available to a Trade.

    It’s all speculation on our part but, I’m not sold on the QB position going at Pick 7.

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chip expects quick thinkers with accuracy and mobility.
    Prescott fits that description, though he’s going to need some time to pick up the pace of Chips’ scheme.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If it were me, I’d be looking to capitalize on the strength of the Draft Class, which is Defense.
    DL/LB early, QB/OL Mid Rds.
    See how it gets prioritized.
    If Chip leans toward Buckner at 7 it wouldn’t kill me.
    Ronnie Stanley looks a little ‘tight’ to me for an OT.
    Thought Spriggs and Haeg looked more fluid.
    Gotta replace Aldon IMO.
    Edge guy could even come as an OLB.
    Myles Jack might be better at ILB?

  48. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep build the Lines, O & D, hope for good picks but also sign AD if he actually wants to play for Niners. It’s a risk but maybe worth it. Likely better than any draft pick we get.

    But yeah Kap gotta GO for many reasons. Keep him away from the Rams is all I ask.

    As for the prognosticators on Blog X = Their opinions are reactionary and riddled with the PC virus and I mean that sincerely. That incompetence is what they have in common with Balkey.

    Love to see Niners win 9-10 but steely-eyed realism says “Show me first”. Not going to succumb to hope addiction with the “trauma burden” of poor leadership hanging over this bunch

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil the model now, between Chip and Harbaugh, is vastly different.
    Hard to know who fits, who doesn’t as holdovers.
    Would seem to me Chip would be more inclined to go with the more mobile OL-men?
    Read that former NYG OL Coach Flaherty has some versatility in his approach so, we’ll see?
    Out issues appear to be Interior guys who can pass block.
    Martin simply got overwhelmed but, he’s still somewhat raw.
    He definitely needs to get himself into better shape, if he’s going to tangle with the Fat Men in the Middle, and hold his own.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If Kaep’s Agents are serious about moving on, Baalke will control where he goes via Trade.
    He should be an interesting option to the NYJ, who have little Cap room to retain the guys they want to retain.
    Cleveland and Houston have also been mentioned, which is where I’d expect a deal to go, the AFC.
    With the NYJ, I’d suspect Kaep could come cheaper with a restructured deal as an option?
    As stated, I’m in for Mo too.
    He’d be a nice Plug-n-Play option to get after the QB.

  51. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I doubt Chip is gonna have much of any say in this draft. So he will probably have to make do with hand dealt to him.

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Have to disagree Winder.
    Especially if Kaep is hell-bent on departing.
    Chip wasn’t brought in to be a pawn IMO.
    He’s here to fix a dysfunctional Offense.
    His strength is on that side of the ball, certainly.

    I’m hoping he and Baalke can find the balance that seemed to elude Harbaugh/Baalke.
    If, (big if), they can play to each other’s strengths, this might just work.
    Baalke can’t be oblivious to the needs on Offense, he simply needs someone to drive it home.
    Two things are certain, Chip can’t handle the GM duties and, Baalke needs Chip to deliver an Offense.
    Each guy needs the other IMO.
    Given the recent failings, of which Kaep could be one, I’m counting on Chip to put the right guy under Center as much as I’m counting on Baalke to give him that latitude, while keeping his efforts focused on the Defense.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s another kid I’ve seen on several occasions.
    He’s got the dreaded ‘small hands’ label now as well.

    Didn’t exactly play against the toughest competition, or light up the Combine thus far in terms of measureables but, he’s a feisty competitor with good timing/touch and accuracy.
    Plus, we don’t know whether Dylan Thompson is going to fit Chip’s system either.

    Any QB taken is basically going to sit for a year or 2, unless of course, something dramatic happens with Kaep.
    Chip could likely live with Gabbert short-term in either scenario.

    http://tinyurl.com/zdv6whx

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    perhaps the Niners pick another Martin in 3rd rd to play C
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1893204/nick-martin

    His brother is already an All Pro with Cowboys. Scouting report compares him with Alex Mack.

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mooch takes a shot at Cam Newton in his classroom session with Carson Wentz.
    Wentz says if there is a turnover he becomes an All American Safety and goes after the guy with the ball.

    The context is if the game is meaningless you don’t risk injury.
    With 4 minutes left in the Super Bowl you do whatever it takes to win. In Newton’s case it was just jumping on your own fumble
    deep in your own territory.

    Moments like this on the biggest stage shows a player’s true heart. Newton might never live this down no matter how he spins it. This will haunt him until he wins a ring. Opponents will throw this in his face when he celebrates.

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Martin looked good at the Senior Bowl Bullit, no problem there if we were to give him a shot.
    I’m just not sure how to predict the Chip Kelly OL-men at this point.

    As for Cam, you’re right, he’s shown that he hasn’t grown up.
    Let alone the lack of effort going after the fumble, his post game interview exit was just as childish IMO.

    Granted, losing is never easy, (or comfortable) but, this is why they pay you the big bucks.
    To be a Professional.
    Suck it up.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m all for a good Show Man in this game, just be a good sport about it.
    As with Kaep and his ‘Kaepernicking’ escapades, it’s not necessary IMO.
    Hand a ball to the kids, all for it.
    Showing up your opponent only serves to come back to bite you eventually.

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Depending on the slotting, the Center from ‘Bama, Ryan Kelly would be another guy I wouldn’t mind taking a shot at.
    Hence the strategy of ‘working the Board’ in the War Room.
    Lots of talented guys to shop for.
    Trick is, finding them in the order you predict them to go.
    Would love to steal one of the top DTs as well.
    My early favorites, Billings and Rankins will be 1st RD guys.
    Much will ride on what happens in FA and Pick 7.
    If they can grab Mo for example, they could then focus on the Interior guys on the DL.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Haven’t seen much regarding Ian Williams either.
    The fact that Dial was extended might suggest they will look toward the Draft for the Interior guy?
    Love Ian but, he’s missed a LOT of time due to injury.
    This Class is stacked for DL too.
    Might make more sense to Draft another young DT than to spend heavy on Ian?
    See how that plays out over the next month or 2.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Know much about UCLA OT Caleb Benenoch?
    He moved very well in Drills in Indy.
    Fastest OL-man in the bunch, 4.9s is outstanding for a 311LB guy.

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s listed as a RD7 guy at this point –

    The team willing to invest in Benenoch’s tools could be rewarded with a future starter, as he offers an exciting combination of length, athleticism and aggression. Benenoch’s agility made him perfectly suited to UCLA coordinator Noel Mazzone’s up-tempo spread offense but it makes his adjustment to a more traditional attack a bit trickier. Though he showed selflessness by sliding inside to right guard when injuries to others in 2015 forced adjustments, he projects best as a right tackle in a zone-blocking scheme.

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Would seem to me, ‘Up-Tempo Spread Offense’ is Chip’s kinda guy?

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Two guys I like are Joshua Garnett OG from Stanford projected 2nd or 3rd round. If He’s there in 3rd I would take a long look at him.

    Also Joe Dahl who played LT for WSU but projects to move inside.
    He could be a good swing Olineman and possible RT. He’s projected in 6th rd but you should latch on to him in the late 5th.
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1890011/joe-dahl

    Talking heads on NFL Network think Will Fuller WR might have moved himself into latter part of first Rd. At Combine he caught everything with his hands. I like the fact that he scored 29 TDs as a WR in two years of starting which shows he’s a playmaker. Last season he had 3 plays over 70 yrads. If he’s there in the second round when the Niners pick I would seriously consider taking him.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Right now my wishful thinking draft is

    Round 1 Goff QB or Myles Jack LB
    Round 2 Will Fuller WR or Leonard Floyd OLB/Rush end
    Round 3 Garnett OG or Nick Martin C
    Round 4 Hassan Ridgeway DT or Shawn Oakman DE or Jordan Jenkins OLB

    Highly doubtful but if Jaylon Smith is sitting there at Rd 4 I would take a chance on drafting him for 2017 if the doctor’s prognosis is he’s making a full recovery. 4th round is the earliest i’d take a flyer on Smith because he is not playing in the coming season.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Round 5 Joe Dahl OT/OG or Daniel Lasco RB Cal

    Rico Gathers a post player in Basketball for Baylor who wants to play football. A project who wants to be Antonio Gates/Tony Gonsales 2.0 Take a flyer on him with a late 7th rd pick.

    I would still draft a QB in the middle rounds even if I took a QB in first round. Prescott in 4th rd or Driskell in 5th rd.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Have to agree with what Charlie Casserly said today. Teams need to draft a QB at least every other year because you need to develop them and they are hit and miss. If you do hit and develop a good QB he could be your future or at the very least he becomes an asset that you can trade for a high pick like the Pats and Packers have.

    Baalke has failed the Niners by totally ignoring the most important position on the team. This is on the GM and the Niners are in the mess they are in because of his stupidity.

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Goff with Mooch and I’m sure Gruden will be doing something similar.
    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/video/jared-goff-classroom-mooch-023726898.html?soc_src=copy

  68. winderNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I hope you are right but I don’t think you are. So far Chip hasn’t said much of anything and Baalke will probably draft a DB or a WR with the 1st pick. I think he is an egomaniac.

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Winder I’ll say one thing for Baalke.
    He’s possessed.
    Likely a good reason he and Harbaugh couldn’t find common ground.
    I appreciate that sort of ‘consumption’ when it comes to doing your job.
    However, there has to be a point at which egos are tossed aside for the good of the common goal.
    I do believe Harbaugh was given the freedom to chose ‘his’ QB, as I believe Chip will also.

    It appears to me Baalke realizes his job will rest on fixing this anemic Offense too.
    He sought such help (IMO), when he went hard after Gase.
    Whomever effed up that effort, be it Jed or Paraag, basically castrated Baalke’s job description.

    If he’s got to work with an Owner who’s sole purpose is to cater to the ‘Faithful’, he might as well mail it in anyway.
    If Jed/Daddy/Paraag et al, continue to yank the strings, it won’t matter what moves he makes.
    It will simply be another chapter in Dysfunction Junction, just like it is in Big Duh and DC.

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    With the known conflicts between Paraag/Harbaugh and Kaep, it’s no surprise to me that all this fodder is beginning to surface just ahead of Decision Day on Kaeps’ Contract too.
    I could see Jed dictating the course for Kaep’s replacement too.
    The ‘Splash Pick’ would be right up Jerruh’s Alley, as it would with Jed.
    No QB at Pick 7 is going to start immediately IMO, unless meddling Jed insists on it.
    We’ll see where this goes….

  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco has also put out an opinion piece about the tenor of the locker room last year as well.
    I think there’s more to this Nessa/Aldon garbage too, beyond the anemic play of Kaep prior to his benching.
    To spend $40Mil on Torrey might look bad for Baalke but, the QB has to find some chemistry with those weapons too.

    Kaep was simply a deer in the headlights for the most part.
    Unable to see his way out of Defensive adjustments was just one major shortcoming.

  72. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Bottom line is Jed’s solely responsible for this crafpest. He is responsible for not firing Baalke mid-season last year. And, he’s going to be responsible for another Baalke draft for not firing his a$$ after the season ended. Somewhere along the way it must be because of cost-cutting measures. Us fans are definitely in for a bumpy ride this year.

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles is still up to his truth bending.
    I have always advocated taking a QB especially when I saw the flaws in Kap.
    Yet Chuckles shamelessly posts this “Yeah, when I was saying we should draft a QB in 2013, 2014, and 2015, where was he?”

    As I recall Chuckles was building his shrine to “Kappy” and thought he could do no wrong. Even last year he was crying that Gabbert couldn’t possibly lead this team and win any games. How dare they bench Kappy??? Nevermind he was stinking up the place.
    That’s why Chuckles is on his old crow diet.

    It amazes me how Chuckles can just do a flip flop and always pretend he was right. looking for evidence? Go no further than his predicition on this blog that Tomsula would have a 11-5 record and take the team to the playoffs. Now that’s entertainment!

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Kap debacle is just not going to end well.
    Chip Kelly wnt out of his way to speak to the local beat reporters to fill them in on where he and Kap stood.

    A few hours later Kap’s agents went to national media stating that Kap was demanding a trade and permission for them to find a willing partner.
    Everything Kelly said good about Kap was undermined by the trade demand and Chip was left hanging and looking like a fool.

    One thing for sure is if Kap were to stay he would have to rededicate himself to learning the craft of being a Pro QB and changing study habits. At this point if forced to stay against his will Kap would just be here to draw his paycheck.

    They just might end up in court as Kap refuses to let the Niner medical staff examine him for a progress report and have to rely on what the Colorado doctors tell them on his recovery.

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I just can’t understand the logic with Kaep’s representatives.
    If you’re looking to start anew, you don’t help your client one bit without having the leverage to do so.
    His Contract is guaranteed for injury only.
    Which surfaced in triplicate following his benching, ironically.
    His physical has to have some medical verification basis within the Organization I’d assume?
    If their tactic is to prove he isn’t healthy enough to play, in order to collect, where does a Trade take you? The kangaroo court of Goodell/NFLPA?

    Hence, logic would suggest, if you’re healthy enough to play elsewhere, Baalke will control where ‘elsewhere’ will be.

    As stated, Kaep has lost any credibility within the SF Locker Room and, his reps have to be smoking crack.
    You serve no purpose to bring this to a pissing contest.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Even if SF has soured on him, they’d never admit it, simply to keep him in play to facilitate any trade discussions and to keep interested partners involved.
    What a circus….

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    While I don’t see them wrapping him in bubble wrap, as DC did with RGIII, for another year, they very well could, just to keep control of his destination I guess?
    In that scenario, perhaps that’s what his Reps are attempting to force?

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I haven’t gotten through the entire WR tape yet from Indy but, I was impressed with Sterling Shepard from OK.
    He’s shorter than Doctson but both guys damn near jumped out of the building with matching 41″ Verts.
    Great numbers on Shepard too.
    Kid had almost 3500yds and 26 TDs.
    Doctson is still on my radar as well.

  79. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “If Kaep’s Agents are serious about moving on, Baalke will control where he goes via Trade.”

    OK NJ, I trust Balkey/Baalke will keep him outta our Div and hopefully the NFC

  80. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit you nailed it on yer Cam comments = he’s not showing enough in the character dept. This reminds of another QB who refused to man up around here lately. There is no substitute for character.

    Also the critique of the lack of young QBs over the past 5-6 years as a glaring FAIL = Spot on. As has been said by one presidential candidate this season – We are led by stupid people. The incompetence is stunning. Not expecting anything changing w/ the current leadership in FO but am willing to be pleasantly surprised.

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well that’s the rub Phil.
    Who’s going to trade for a guy coming off of 3 separate surgeries, following a benching and, carrying his Contract?
    This is ludicrous.
    Baalke isn’t likely to just rip up the Contract and let him walk away, free and clear.
    Though, at the rate we’re going, would we really be surprised?
    I’m becoming more of believer in the potential disturbances to Sacred Mayan Burial Grounds during stadium construction in Santa Clara too.
    This sh!t is beyond belief.

    I’m questioning why Kaep wouldn’t fight to regain his job with a Coach who could revive him, on a clean slate?
    Do his Reps actually think there’s another $120+Mil deal sitting out there given this comedic turn of events?
    As the saying goes..
    You can’t make this stuff up.

    Welcome to Dysfunction Junction.
    The Chip Kelly Chapter starts on April 4th.
    Get’yer popcorn ready!

  82. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phil

    I have always been painted by Chuckles as anti-Kap and by Berger as a Kap hater.
    I have always criticized Kap’s flaws that these clowns kept making excuses for.
    Logic would dictate that if I didn’t like Kap I would be in favor of replacing him and this is true as I have called for drafting competition for the last 5 years.

    Chuckles is now changing the script and basically lying saying he was always screaming for another QB. which is totally false because these guys put Kap on a pedestal and worshipped him.

    The barnyard is just like going to Pyongyang N.K.

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    It seems that Kap thinks he knows better than anybody else in the NFL and has convinced himself that he is not at fault when the team craters. Until he fixes his mindset and what’s between his ears he will be the Niner version of Jamrcus who also resisted all attempts to fix what was wrong with him.

    remember Druckenmiller used to pull a car around to show how strong he was. Jamarcus used to show off by throwing a ball 75 yards from his knees. Look where both these feats did for their careers. If only there was a football circus.

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit there is a football circus.
    It’s in Santa Clara. We’re it.
    All we need now is Vince McMahon to give it some WWE oomph perhaps?
    Let’s dispense with Baalke as GM and, bring in the promoter to liven things up.

    Screw Draft Picks in April.
    Get Laurinitis AND his Dad, Road Warrior Animal and, let’s see what Vince can choreograph around Jed and Dr Daddy?
    I’m beyond guessing, as to how far-fetched this nonsense can get.

    We’ve had Seahawks eating turkey on our logo, followed by Jed Tweeting so, we’ve got the birds covered.
    Can’t wait to see what’s coming down the pike from Dysfunction Junction next.

  85. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If Kaep doesn’t feel confident enough to fight for his current Contract vs Gabbert, do we really want him around?
    His Reps have poisoned the well IMO.
    Unless they’ve convinced themselves that there’s a better deal out there, this is tantamount to a Professional Ethics violation.
    Let’s see how far Baalke and The Bean Counters are willing to go come April 1st.
    This has the makings of Big Tent Mega-Drama.

  86. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s already been floated that the desired destination is here in NJ, with the NYJ.

    Grab Mo, maybe a Mid RD Pick if possible, and bury this mutation of NFL ethics.
    If Kaep thinks it’s tough in SF, he ain’t seen nothing like these blood thirsty NY Media types out this way.
    The NYJ Fans are a half click behind the lunatics in Philly.
    You want a pressure cooker?
    You’re asking for it.
    The NYJ are Cap strapped to begin with.
    He’s going to have to agree to a restructured deal IMO.

    Seems to me he’s got the Contract in hand with us, if he sticks around to fight for it.
    Which, apparently, he isn’t up to attempting.

  87. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Just like RG3 I do not think Kap is tradeable. With RG3 it’s a $16 mil contract and Kap has $11.9 mil. Teams that want these guys will not trade for their contracts. The preference will be to pick them up as free agemts and have them sign much cheaper deals.
    Andy Reid wanted Alex Smith and it blew the Niners away when they got the two high picks for Alex. The key here is Andy Reid wanted Smith.

    It is said RG3 can be had for a 6th rd pick. Problem is nobody wants to be burdened with that albatross he calls a contract.
    Same can be said for Kap who would be $4 mil cheaper.

    IMO wishful thinking that Jest would trade Mo and a mid rd pick for Kap. The way this happens is Wilkerson is franchised by the Jest and traded. The Niners would only have the rights to Wilkerson for one year and he would be a UFA at the end of that year.
    You would pay him top five money for that position which around $15 mil. Just don’t see this happening.

    I’d take a chance on RG3 as a FA but I’m paying him $3mil guaranteed on a two year deal worth $10 mil. If he excels then we extend him back into the $16 mil range.
    It gives him a chance to redeem himself and I think RG3 is a better fit for Kelly’s offense then Kap. The knock on RG3 is he takes too many hits that lead to injuries. that part of his game can be coached and he has always been a very accurate passer. Everyone seems to forget that the Redskins gave up 3 #1s for him and he was picked right behind Luck.

  88. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s just it Bullit.
    If his Reps had any sense, they’d have kept this quiet and, worked to bolster his value, in any perceived Trade they might have had in mind.
    Agree with the albatross analogy too.
    He’s not going to walk into another $120Mil deal with this sort of stench attached.
    He’s damaged goods to any coherent GM in this League.
    I’d angle some in their direction to appease a deal with the NYJ simply to exchange Contract numbers, which the NYJ are going to have trouble completing due to limited Cap resources.
    Mo too is damaged and, even if F-Tagged, could be bargained around.
    NFL Cap Voodoo always has a backdoor involved when all sides want it done.

    If not Mo, they still have to account for a QB, ‘Big Snacks’ and Sheldon.

    They can’t possibly keep all of them.
    Kaep could negate their need to chase Fitzpatrick on a shorter term deal for example.
    Baalke could hold leverage on his potential departure simply to obtain something beneficial in return.
    He holds the Contract, (heavy as it is), he could make Kaep sit it out as DC did with RGIII.
    Any animosity that might exist in SF won’t be made public, unless Jed trips over his tongue along the way.

    For Kaep to prove anything, to anybody, he’s got to prove he’s ready to play, which he hasn’t done since 3 surgeries were performed.
    Bad posture if nothing else, when you’re attempting to lure bidders.

    As would be expected from SF, they’re bound to say what they’ve said.
    ‘We love him, Chip loves him, we brought Chip here to salvage his career’, etc, etc.

    How Kaep’s Reps can’t understand that posturing process is beyond comprehension to me.

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    On another note, if we’re to buy the banter –

    “Offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele, Jeff Allen and Brandon Brooks are in line for big paydays.

    Most of the talk at the combine centers around Osemele. ESPN has reported the Baltimore Ravens are making an aggressive push to re-sign their second-round pick from the 2012 NFL draft but I’m told the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers are potential suitors if Osemele hits the open market”.

    Where do the NYJ find the money for Osemele?
    With this rumor, AD is another commodity Baalke can potentially use, once AD makes his reinstatement bid official.

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I get the intent that comes along with the Combine Agent/GM soiree.
    It’s something Jed tip-toed around regarding the alleged ignorance associated with NFL tampering.
    It’s media-leak central, to gauge interest around NFL circles, amid willing perpetrators.
    This is Act 1 of the FA frenzy.

    However, teams like the NYJ are limited with respect to Cap options.
    A QB-needy team isn’t likely to find a starter sitting on the street corner, willing to work for peanuts.

    Kaep has a pretty lucrative Contract in-hand.
    How they perceive this to be a burden they need to get away from is simply mind blowing.

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A few years ago Marshawn Lynch held out and demanded a new deal even though he had several years left on his old contract. He held out during the regular season and the Seahags finally gave in.
    When you give in you let the genie out of the bottle. Michael Bennet has hired Lynch’s agents and is in the middle of a big contract. He thinks the contract he signed is undervalued.
    Despite the fact that many on his team need new contracts Bennet wants to get in front of the line again.
    Not exactly a team player.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000639838/article/michael-bennett-seahawks-meet-about-new-deal

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Could the “muscle hamster” be in the Niners future?
    There is a durability factor in the way Carlos Hyde runs.
    Hyde does not shy away from contact often times seeking it.
    He needs a back to complement him.
    Barrows speculates who the Niners might be tampering with in the week before Free Agency.

    http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/article63161182.html

  93. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit have you seen any of the drills from Indy?
    I’m still going through them but, I’ve got to admit, I’m pretty impressed with everything related to the Defense.
    Buckner looks like a worthy option at Pick 7.
    Kid moves extremely well for 6’7″/291

    Another guy who I really wasn’t considering is FS Jalen Ramsey.
    At 6’1″/209 he might be an improvement over Eric Reid.
    Kid turned in 4.4s and a 41.5″ Vert.
    Very good looking athlete.

    I think we can do well with additions on the Defensive side this April.
    Anxious to see how they prioritize their Board.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Some feedback on Ramsey –

    “Highly productive player with the size and production skills to play either Safety or Corner
    Physical player who can jam at the line of scrimmage
    Good burst and closing speed
    Can play man or zone coverage
    Effective blitzer who can bend and dip
    Can play on the outside or in the slot
    Has the speed to cover deep down field
    Has good hips to flip and run well
    Good tackler”

  95. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m also moving DT Sheldon Rankins ahead of Billings and A’Shawn on my Wish List.
    All of these guys were very impressive.

  96. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  97. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Not sure if Treadwell wants being picked at #7. If Treadwell were in last years draft he might have been the 4th or 5th receiver picked.

    Still like Goff at 7th if he’s still there. Like his quick release and his understanding of playing the QB position.
    He has field vision and the ability to find the open receiver just like other great QBs.

    If he checks out close to 100% I would consider Myles Jack.

    Not sold on Buckner and I’m wary of taking two guys from the same defensive line in consecutive drafts at #1.

    If someone from #20 wants to move to #7 I’d consider making the trade if I could get their #1 and #2 from this year and a #2 from next year.

    With the traded 1st rd #20 pick I take Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia who will be a great edge speed rusher. Then with their own pick in 2nd rd I take Ryan Kelly Center Alabama and with the traded #2 pick acquired I take WR Will Fuller ND.

    Instead of settling for a pick you’re lukewarm on I think the combination of Floyd, Kelly and Fuller would be a good haul.

  98. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    In the late 5th round you take a chance on RB Keith Marshall from Georgia. He ran a 4.31 and would be worth the chance if he can overcome the knee injury. He came back and played 3 games after Chubb went down in Ga so it’s a matter of analysis of his injury and if he’s limited.

    Worth the risk with a supplemental 5th rd pick.

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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