Oh what a draft
it was, it really was … such a draft
How well I remember,
I’ll always remember …
The 49ers Draft Room fellows were typically quite pleased with themselves for their efforts in the 2018 Draft. There’s probably never been a Draft Room that slunk out afterwards muttering, “Shit, that was a disaster.” So, okay guys.
The true test, of course, is whether we 49er fans and skeptics will be pleased also. Stay tuned for that.
From this seat, the Draft seemed a little meh. The first pick, at number nine, went for an offensive right tackle, Mike McGlinchey. I suppose he’ll be okay, as long as he doesn’t have to square off against Bradley Chubb too often. We’ll see this matchup on December 9th, when the Niners host the Broncos, but probably not too often after that.
The second pick, WR Dante Pettis, appears to be a better, faster version of Trent Taylor, who performed reasonably well last year in his rookie season. Not sure what this means for Trent, but I imagine it wasn’t swell news for him or his agent.
John Lynch spent his 4th round pick on a D-line guy, Kentavius Street, who tore his ACL this very month. That means he’ll be on IR all year, just like last year’s 4th rounder, RB Joe Williams. Apparently, Lynch looks at the 4th round much like many GMs view the 6th or 7th — the “WTF, maybe we’ll get lucky round.” I suppose we shouldn’t complain. Previous GM Trent Baalke viewed the entire Draft as a WTF proposition.
Lynch devoted three picks to secondary guys, which is practically an annual tradition. It was a welcome choice this year, though, if it serves to close the door on a return engagement of Eric Reid‘s well worn knees. His departure would leave only Eli Harold to assume the position alone next year, or not if he’s thinking about continuing his marginal football career here or elsewhere in 2019.
At any rate, we have some new guys on the team and we’ll see how they do come September.