Beat the Clock

Draft week has finally arrived. But Draft day hasn’t. So, we’ll save our in depth one sentence draft coverage till Thursday.

What’s important today — or should I say tonight — is the awesome meteor shower that will supposedly turn the sky into the 4th of July tonight. As much as a hundred shooting stars per hour, is the word from the NASA type geeks. If you’re still sucking on the weed, this would be a terrific evening to roll out your best blunts.

For the religious minded among you, consider this evening a preview of the Apocalypse, when God rains fire down upon the earth.

For Jets and Browns fans, sorry, there’s no help for you. You’re doomed. Tonight is a good night to get out on the lawn and hope one of those meteors has your name on it.

For Rolando McClain fans — seriously, what were you thinking?! You’d be better off being a Craig Dahl fan.

Dahl will be glued to the first round of the draft this Thursday, that’s for sure. If the 49ers take a safety, he knows his shot at the starting job was nothing but a whiff of madness. If the 49ers don’t take a safety, he’ll be a happy guy and we fans will get a whiff of something quite different.

It’s been said and then passed around as a saying until it acquires saidness that the strength of this year’s draft is in rounds 2 and 3, not in round 1. If that’s true, it’s hard to see 49er GM Trent Baalke tossing away picks to move up to the middle of round 1. Especially having a 31-34 cluster to get two top talent guys. But I can see him tossing away late round picks to move up in rounds 2 and 3 for either more studs or particular targeted ones.

At any rate, we have, as you can see by the clock to the right, three days, and counting down, remaining in this year’s You Be The GM tournament. After that, we will become JUDGES!

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m relying more on NJ49er this year than in the past. Bullit has stepped it up a bit too. I haven’t done the due diligence that I have in the past. It does seem to me this draft is heavy at DB and D-line, which is really good since that is IMO, what we need the most.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This is the week of smoke and mirrors, so anything said should be taken with a grain of salt as
    every FO has their poker face on.
    This was in the ESPN Insider and
    it’s buyer beware time or is it?

    “Marcus Lattimore overcame a torn ACL in his left knee in 2011 but was felled again in October by a gruesome right-knee injury. His ability to overcome his torn ACL, PCL, MCL and dislocated kneecap is a matter of much debate as the NFL draft nears. Can he get back to his previous form? According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Bob McGinn, there are a number of scouts who are extremely skeptical about Lattimore’s NFL potential due to his knee.

    “I’ve had trainers tell me he’s so far away,” one scout said. “One told me he’s not going to make it back ever. Others say he’ll get back to a certain level. It’s a tough repair and a tough rehab.”

    “He wasn’t a real talent or anything,” another scout said. “He’s a 4.7. He was good because he’s smart (Wonderlic of 18), understands the (game) and is a great kid. He would have found a way to make yards in the league.”

    “I think the world of the kid,” a third scout said. “It will all come down to the doctors.”

    If he’s there at pick 157 5th rd take him or Knile Davis.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On Lattimore and Davis it’s up to your medical and training staff to earn their money and make an honest assessment.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Let the games begin!
    For me it depends on the cost. Would like to hang on to pick 34.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I think Justin Smith plays for at least 3 more years and the Niners will work out a deal so he retires as a Niner. There is still some tread left on the tire.
    This being the case they still have a few drafts to address finding Justin’s eventual replacement.
    Something tells me that if they move up it’s to draft Vaccaro.
    Being a Texas guy he is dynamic hardhitting playmaking safety
    who will give you results immediately.
    That’s a big “IF” when they trade up.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I think they may go after Vaccaro. I’ve been feeling this way for a little bit. I thinkl they want to keep him out of StL.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Moving up to 13 they would leapfrog 3 teams that are also looking at Vaccaro and happen to be in the NFC. The Aints, Rams and Cowgurls all have an interest in drafting a Safety.
    The Niner beatwriters are all talking Cornellius “Tank” Carradine DE Fla St.
    Is that the smokescreen put out there because a big deal was made of Tomsula attending Tank’s workout.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seahags have signed SS Kam Chancellor to a 5 year extension
    for $35 mil with $17mil guaranteed.

  9. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Every once in a while it’s easy to be thankful for what we have. Being a Jets and Browns fan would be a hard road to hoe. The draft really is an indicator of how strong the organization is, being able to spot true and lasting talent isn’t as easy as it looks. We need to find some solid defensive replacements this year and hopefully we will.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I am prepared to post this years’ Wish List –
    FS –
    Eric Reid
    David Amerson – CB Conversion
    Bacarri Rambo
    SS –
    Earl Wolff
    Jon Cyprien
    Shawn Williams
    **Cooper Taylor – Richmond
    CB –
    Jonathan Banks
    Robert Alford
    Blidi Wreh-Wilson
    OLB –
    Jamie Collins
    Corey Lemonier
    Zaviar Gooden
    DE –
    Margus Hunt
    Datone Jones
    Tank Carradine
    NT –
    John Jenkins
    Montori Hughes
    Brandon Williams
    DT –
    Jesse Williams
    Akeem Spence
    Josh Boyd
    RB –
    Le’Veon Bell
    Zac Stacy
    Jonathan Franklin
    TE –
    Joe Fauria / UCLA
    Gavin Escobar
    Vance McDonald
    WR – Slot
    Quinton Patton
    Markus Wheaton
    Josh Boyce
    WR Outside
    Justin Hunter
    Marquess Wilson
    Robert Woods
    Specialists –
    Ace Sanders – PR
    Zach Brown (Ramirez)- K
    Dennard Robinson – All around gadget Player

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    OC –
    Brian Schwenke
    Barrett Jones
    Travis Frederick
    OG –
    JC Tretter
    Eric Herman
    Vinston Painter – Conversion from OT
    OT –
    Terron Armstead
    Menelik Watson
    David Quessenberry
    Sleeper Picks –
    OG Earl Watford / James Madison
    OG Blaize Foltz / TCU
    OT Luke Marquardt / Azusa Pacific – Converted TE – Major upside
    Schooled by Jakie Slater
    WR Chris Harper / K-State
    H-Back-TE / WR Mark Harrison / Rutgers
    DT Chris Jones / Bowling Green
    DT Jared Smith – UNH
    DT Nick Williams / Samford
    DE Lawrence Okoye – Great Britain Discus Olympian
    DE Quanterus Smith / W. Kentucky
    OLB/DE Ty Powell / Harding
    OLB/DE David Bass / MO Western St
    RB Marcus Lattimore
    CB Tyrann Mathieu
    WR Da’Rick Rogers
    Matt Scott / AZ
    Collin Klein / K St
    Zac Dysert / Miami OH
    Wish But Miss Picks –
    Tavon Austin
    Xavier Rhodes
    Tyler Eifert

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I do expect we will take Ertz if he is there at the end of the 2nd round. It wouldn’t shock me if we take him with our 34th.

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Very possible Berger. I’ve got no problems with Ertz.
    I’m trying to predict where we might see the guys I like.
    Would love for Eifert to slide to 31 actually

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sooner or later Harbaugh is going to take one of his guys from the Farm.
    Might be Ertz or Toilolo.

  15. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    “With the 31st pick, the San Francisco 49ers select:
    Zach Brown (Ramirez)”
    Thanks always for the lowdown, NJ.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mayock has Hayden as the top CB and Milliner has been falling on drfat boards slipping into the teens because he might not be ready for training camp. At the combine he was considered a top ten pick.
    Cord Patterson is slipping because his route tree consists of 3 patterns so there is concern on his grasp of a complex offense.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    So many ways for this Draft to break it’s impossible to predict Bullit.
    What is good for us is, we’re looking for players of need in areas of depth.
    We’ll get what we’re looking for.
    Be nice for us if we land an Ace or 2 that slips through the cracks.
    CBs are a major crapshoot.
    I’m predicting taller faster guys.
    Alford for the Slot duties.
    Either way, Baalke will work his magic.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NP RT,
    Keeps me busy in the Off Season.
    Let’s hope Zach Brown (Ramirez) isn’t on the radar until the 5th Rd at least.

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    OT Luke Marquardt from Azusa Pacific is enormous.
    6’9″ 315
    He’s been coached by HOF OT Jackie Slater to boot.
    Put him on the Field in a stacked formation and use him as a TE, which he’s already had experience with.
    I see him as great asset for us.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Azusa Pacific gave the NFL Christian Okoye! He and I used to be the only two working out at the stadium back in those days. He was not yet playing football but he was throwing the discuss every day. I was just trying to stay in shape by running hurdles, 1/4 mile laps, bleachers and kicking field goals. We used to talk often. Azusa Pacific will always remind me of Christian!

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Wow this makes the cost of moving up less expensive but complicates
    the situation with more unknowns.
    The guy you’re targeting could get scooped up with the picks before so this makes for a lot of last second deals.
    Makes it exciting.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Did not know that Raiduh head coach Lane Kiffin wanted to draft Calvin Johnson but Al insisted on Jamarcus Russell. The owner got his way and blamed the coach.
    One decision caused a chain reaction of ineptitude and a culture of losing that the Raiduh nation is still drowning in..

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Misconception of Percy Harvin is
    he a kick returner. He returns only kickoffs and never has returned a punt in the NFL.
    Petey cut Leon Washington who did both so now the Seahags are audioning punt returners.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If the Niners do decide to move up draft someone, two names often mentioned are Tavon Austin and Kenny Vaccaro. Football Outsiders did a most thorough study of the film of their matchup in 2012.
    “What should make several NFL teams take notice is Vaccaro’s ability to limit a bigger receiver like Allen and then shut down a slot man like West Virginia’s Austin. Quarterback Geno Smith had 35 attempts in the contest with Austin catching 10 of them for 102 yards and a score. It was a good day for Austin –- when he didn’t have to deal with Vaccaro.

    Vaccaro had responsibility in some form of coverage on Austin on 26 of Smith’s throws, but Austin’s production on those plays was minimal. Six of these plays were attempts with Vaccaro in shallow zone coverage. On those plays Austin had 21 yards on two catches –- and the longest came after he left the free safety’s zone. Austin was open four times and only once was this in Vaccaro’s area. On that play, the safety made the tackle.

    What’s far more impressive is the number of times Vaccaro faced Austin in single coverage. The safety had Austin one-on-one on 18 pass plays; only three times did Vaccaro receive help from an additional defender in bracket coverage. The other 15 times Vaccaro covered Austin heads-up.

    On those snaps in man coverage, I only saw Austin come open once; catching an out in the fourth quarter on third-and-11 for eight yards. Vaccaro made the tackle to prevent the first down. The remaining 14 times Vaccaro covered the slot receiver, Austin was only targeted three times. One of these plays was a crossing route where Vaccaro didn’t bite on Austin’s double move and forced Smith to throw the ball wide of the target. Smith was sacked five times and lost two fumbles on plays where Vaccaro had man coverage on Austin.”

    Conclusion: Vaccaro can cover the slot receivers and blanket them.

    here’s the entire article

  25. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners are NOT trading up for Tavon Austin. Because if they do I’m moving to Kansas City to start up my own Alex Smith Fan Club and root for the Chiefs.

  26. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeeber’s countdown clock is 10 seconds ahead of the one over at If I watch the ball drop here first, then quickly head on over there. It would be like catching Guy Lombardo twice on New Year’s Eve. I better go get more champagne, ice and party favors.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For what it’s worth this guy has amazing hands.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Vaccaro has a Sports Science video

  29. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Vaccaro bears a striking resemblance to Kap. Tattoos and all. Now we just need to draft him, have Kenny play like Kap and we’re right as rain.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bruce Arians coach of the Cards is from the Mike Martz school of 7 step drops.
    Last year Andrew Luck was hit more than any other QB in the league. Before that at Pittsburgh
    Arians had Ben getting knocked around and down regularly.
    It takes time for his plays to develop and his offense is vulnerable to a good pass rush.
    With the Card line and old man Carson Palmer should be interesting and could get ugly.

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m all for finding speed to contain Russell Wilson myself.
    Edge guys, DBs that can disrupt his movement.
    We need to squeeze him.
    Our Division is getting awfully tough. Need to find smart answers and good Players to execute them.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Another rumor circulating is Darius Slay CB hurt his knee during his Pro workout and now it’s been floated he has a torn meniscus. BTW Slay’s agent is Eugene Parker who orchestrated Crabtree’s holdout.
    Will this influence Baalke in the 3rd or 4ht round?

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    First and foremost I want a DB and a DL with our first two picks. Having said that I won’t get upset if one of them is for Hopkins or Ertz. It is possible one of those two will be available with our 2nd pick in round 2.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A few more players for Baalke to consider 3rd round and later
    Alex Okafor DL (once was considered a first rounder, he had 4.5 sacks against the Beavers in the Bowl Game)
    Trevardo Williams OLB UCONN
    Keith Pough ILB Howard
    Jordan Poyer CB Beavers

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I think it was NJ who made a very good call last year in saying Doug Martin would be a quality RB and value pick.
    Would’ve really been impressive if he made the call on Alfred Morris for the daily double.

  36. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m a big Okafor fan. I’ve made that known before. Don’t foresee any RB going in Rd. 1. Neither should any QB, but some team(s) will trade back into the last 6 spots and grab their guy. I have a QB going 31 in my mock. No, not to the Niners.
    That’s about the only thing that would be worse than trading up for a WR. Standing pat at 31 and drafting a QB. But even worse still? Craig Dahl will be starting at safety come Week 1. Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

  37. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Now ESPN even has Colleen Dominguez (gorgeous green eyes) talking about the Niners trading up for Tavon Austin. Where do they make this horseshit up? I haven’t taken a shovel to my barn in while, but it’s never had horseshit stacked that high.

  38. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think any of those people have anything better to do that shovel horseshit until it’s piled high. They sure don’t have any facts and with Baalke I doubt they ever will.

  39. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I now have:
    Rd 1 #25 (obtained from picks 2/63, 3/74, 3/93, 4/128, 4/131)
    Tank Carradine, DE Fla St
    (outside shot – either of the Tenn WRs)

    Rd 1 #31 Jon Cyprien, S Fla Intl

    Rd 2 #34 Jesse Williams, NT Ala

    That leaves 6 camp players from Rds 5-7. Package them for future choices. Or stick them on David Akers doorstep in the middle of the night.

    Now that we know what WON’T happen (I’ve never been remotely right on the draft since I picked the 2013 Arena League MVP Nate the Great), it should be fun if I can stay awake through all the NFL/TV hoopla. I usually make it, but it’s a serious challenge compared to reading about it the next morning.

  40. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone else play that “Predict the Pick” game over at I think I’ve played every year since its inception. If nothing else the process keeps you abreast and up to date with trying to figure out who goes where and when.
    I liked it better when the draft was just a Saturday/Sunday affair. It was always one of my favorite weekends on the year. I remember the Chronicle would have a big draft preview on Saturday. Before computers became the norm, the little player profiles and capsules in print were all you had. Now? We have blogs with clocks counting down the minutes until the draft. This world took a wrong turn a while back. We skipped a few exits along the way. Can I have a transfer please?

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2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17