Only 4,823 more mock drafts until the real Draft takes place! Curiously, every year at this time, players rise up and fall down the mock draft boards even though none of them are playing any games right now. How can a player’s value increase or decrease when nothing has changed? It’s an annual mystery.
Perhaps we should call this the Trial Balloon Float. All across the country various wannabe GMs throw up a mock draft, then compare their horseshit to all the other horseshitters, and adjust their first efforts accordingly. By the time the Draft rolls around, the horseshit brigade has settled into a consensus that will turn out to be horseshit about three picks into the Draft.
Not to spoil the fun, but with the second pick in the Draft, the 49ers will take either a QB or a pass rusher. If they take anyone else, then this year is a bad time to have the second pick. They’ll get a good player, but the two most important positions on the team will still be devoid of talent.
The media is working overtime trying to find poor Colin Kaepernick a job. Of course, the harder they work shilling for him, the more they make the case that the media will indeed make Kap a distraction for any team he is on. Jay Cutler doesn’t have a job yet, either, but the media isn’t whining about that at all.
More than that, why would an owner want to hire a guy who’s liable to put up a pulpit on company time? The NFL is, after all, a business. It’s one thing to fire a guy for these actions, but quite another to voluntarily hire him.
The amount of wheeling and dealing John Lynch did in Free Agency makes one think he and Kyle Shanahan plan on going all out this year to field a contender. Or, maybe it’s all smoke and mirrors to pacify an angry fan base while they tank the coming season and shoot for respectability in 2018, with yet another high draft slot next April and either a better QB class to pick from or signing Kirk Cousins in the 2018 FA period.