Coming Attractions

The 49ers have not had a franchise QB since Steve Young was knocked out of the NFL by Aeneas Williams at Arizona in 1999. They won’t have one this year, either. Making it 19 straight years with a deficiency at the top of the roster. Jeff Garcia bobbed and weaved up there for a few years, but he was never going to be the answer. Alex Smith gave it a shot. So did Colin Kaepernick. Nope and nope.

Nobody considers Brian Hoyer or Matt Barkley to be serious contenders for the Franchise label, so it appears the next one to take a crack at it will be third round draft pick C.J. Beathard. Nobody expects him to become elite, either. But Kyle Shanahan likes him, which is not a small thing. Joe Montana and Russell Wilson were third rounders, so there is precedent. It’s not like a third round pick is a throw-away value, like a camp arm or clipboard holder.

At any rate, Beathard is a guy to put the ogle-eye on during the preseason games. If nothing else,
it will give us a clue whether Shanahan has a good eye for QB talent, or not so much.

We can expect the top two picks to perform well, but RB Joe Williams and TE George Kittle are also guys to watch. They could both play significant roles this year. I can’t remember the last time I thought a Trent Baalke pick would be a difference maker in his first year — or even at all.

Maybe we’ll be saying that about GM John Lynch next year at this time, too. But I’m leaning towards doubting that, at the moment. In fact, if these low draft fellows turn out to be keepers, this draft might be one of the best Niner drafts of this century.




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11 comments on “Coming Attractions
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    What I see about this years draft is that it was filled with smart, hard-nosed football players. Whether any of them will be good remains to be seen. There also seems to be an actual plan in place, which is refreshing. I don’t know if we get Cousins next year or draft some more QB’s that are ‘supposedly’ better than this years crop. What I do like is the players are buying into it. Way different from the past few years.

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I’m happy to see the team making forward progress, and to have some optimism. BUT. I cannot stop wincing, knowing that the giant turd in the punch bowl that calls himself Jed York is still alive.

    So long as the Yorks are controlling this team, we live under s a sentence of death by sucking, liable to be carried out the moment things get a little better. Their egos simply will not allow Jed and John to STFU and not meddle.

  3. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy I feel the same way.
    Main ingredient for any successful Franchise is a good relationship between GM/HC IMO.
    Started out well with Baalke/Harbaugh too, as it seems to be with Lynch/Shanny.
    What happened after that is the mystery.

    Let’s hope Tweeter and The Money Man learned a lesson or, we’re likely to see any success go their heads, and sink this thing again.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Remember this! How much of this was Kam and how much was Kap? Did any of our receiver’s like Kap putting them in harm’s way?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/06/26/vernon-davis-recalls-the-hardest-hit-he-ever-took-from-kam-chancellor/

  5. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    There is a lot of content in this article.

    http://www.49erswebzone.com/commentary/1696-key-kyle-shanahans-offense-win-first-down/

    Homer-esque indeed. The O roster is below average everywhere. Strengths are TE and RB?

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “All 17 NFL referees return from 2016 season.”

    And, in a sad commentary on precious moments of life wasted, I recognized all 17 names.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Film study on Buckner and how he can improve to possibly elite level.

    It’s all about his pad level.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kynPz4uixN8

  8. 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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