Class of 2013

The 49ers had three distinct areas of need (D-line, FS, and TE) going into the 2013 Draft and they addressed all three areas in the first two days. Whether the dresses added improve the comeliness of the product to the rude gaze of the vulgar multitude remains to be seen.

In Trent Baalke’s fourth draft, one thing has become clear: if he wants a player, he’s not afraid to trade up and get him. He traded up for Anthony Davis, Colin Kaepernick, and now FS Eric Reid and TE Vance McDonald. Baalke also likes to trade down, or for, picks in the next year’s draft, continually stockpiling ammo for the future.

For the record, here are the 49er picks, by round:

1 Reid, Eric FS
2 Carradine, Cornellius (Tank) DE
2 McDonald, Vance TE
3 Lemonier, Corey DE
4 Patton, Quinton WR
4 Lattimore, Marcus RB
5 Dial, Quinton DE
6 Moody, Nick OLB
7 Daniels, B.J. QB
7 Bykowski, Carter OT
7 Cooper, Marcus CB

Will these lads become Mighty Men, or squeak quietly off the stage and onward downward and into the sewers of life, outcasts from family and friends who have lost their dreams of a ride on the bling wagon of new cars and homes and babes and primo shit through a straw, doomed to a sad old tale in a bar: I coulda been a contender!.

Off the top, it looks like Demarcus Dobbs, Parys Haralson, Tony Jerod-Eddie and Will Tukuafu, plus 2012 picks Cam Johnson and Darius Fleming will all have a tough time staying on the roster this year. In addition, Ahmad Brooks might get pushed into Haralson’s old territory of being a two down player relieved of duty on passing downs.

First rounder Reid drew the most criticism over the weekend. Not so much from honking at his skills as sacrificing a third round pick to move up and get him. Carradine and Lattimore generated the most thumbs up.

Dallas owner Jerry Jones’ first round selection of a fourth round center would have gotten the most hoots at the draft if the pick were not so dangerously indicative of diminished capacity that ageistic insensitivity got called into play. Has the old reprobate entered the Alzheimer zone? You can’t laugh at these things [hahaha…whew!…hahaha].

The 49ers entered the draft with 13 picks and, as expected, did not use them all. They did make 11 selections, though, which would seem a high number for a club with few slots open. But three of the picks are lotto ticket 7th rounders and two will spend most, if not all, of 2013 rehabbing injuries. So the actual warm body contributors is more like six. That’s about right. In a few months, we’ll see how they do.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What is the status of Tank’s knee? When is he supposed to be up to full speed?

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    My take is he’s not going to be ready at the start of the season, but should be ready later on. Lattimore looks like IR for the whole year.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Too much Tim Tebow talk today everywhere. Tebow has limited talent and keeps insisting he needs to play QB. Nobody wants his circus and the distractions and disruptions that follow him.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From Branch about Tank
    “On Friday, San Francisco used the No. 40 overall pick on Florida State defensive end Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, who plummeted out of the first round because of concerns about his surgically repaired right knee.

    Viewed as a first-round talent, Carradine missed the final two games of his senior season with a torn ACL. Less than five months after his injury, he had a workout for 12 teams last Saturday in his hometown of Cincinnati and ran well: He was clocked between 4.75 and 4.85 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

    However, a USA Today report Friday stated Carradine’s medical recheck at the February combine “wasn’t very good” and compared his health situation to that of Tampa Bay defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, a potential No. 1 overall pick who tumbled to the No. 51 selection in 2011.

    On a conference call Friday, Carradine strongly disputed that report, saying he wouldn’t have long-term issues with his knee. San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke said the 49ers were “very comfortable” with Carradine’s medical status.

    “We’re very confident in what we know of his condition. He was at the combine, and our medical staff took a very close look at him. We spent several hours yesterday reviewing his file and going through it with all the doctors up at Stanford. We feel really good about it. The time frame – that’s really up to the medical staff.”

    The 49ers have the luxury of bringing Carradine (6-feet-4, 276 pounds) along slowly. He will be used along the defensive line and can rotate with outside linebackers Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks as a stand-up rusher in passing situations.

    With some added bulk, Carradine, who had 11 sacks as a senior, could eventually replace All-Pro defensive tackle Justin Smith, who will turn 34 in September and is entering the final year of his contract.

    “He’s going to play down,” Baalke said. “He’s not an outside linebacker. In our system – it’s one of the things we really like is his versatility.”

    To be clear the Niners drafted Tank to be a down lineman and to grrom him as Justin Smith’s eventual replacement.
    Lemonier was drafted to complement Aldon Smith.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You mention Flutie and Warren Moon. Those guys had major talent and started in Major college programs.
    Montana doesn’t have the talent, hasn’t the resume and is leaning on his Dad’s name and legacy.
    You need to have talent to play in the CFL, something Nate lacks.

    Did you know Ronnie Lott’s son started 45 games in the NFL and is now a sideline reporter for the Pac 12 Network? Did you ever hear or know he existed?

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I remember Ronnie’s son at Tampa Bay. I forget his name but it wasn’t Lott.
    The film I saw of Tank says he is an OLB/Hybrid. I’ll watch some youtube game film tonight to get a better read.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    His name was Ryan Nece and he went to UCLA and tried to make it on his own and not on his Dad’s coattails.
    I just think you must have some talent to earn a look and success at the college level.
    Nate Montana has failed at all levels.
    If his name was Nate Bullit Niners would tell him to get lost
    Niners are trying to win a Super Bowl and have no time to waste on this BS.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Was watching a highlight reel of Lemonier. He was drafted to replace Brooks. Brooks will cost $7.5 Mil in 2014 and he turns 30 next year
    I believe Brooks and Rogers will be asked to restructure to lower deals or be released. Whitner’s contract is up and unless he can be signed for reasonable value they will reload.
    Lemonier has this knack for stripping the ball on sacks and hits behind the line.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The player I thought would do more and be a factor was Perrish Cox last year.
    He can be the nickel corner and cover the slot.
    If he doesn’t step up with a productive push he might be a training camp casualty.
    The scouting report on his cover skills
    “Has natural coverage skills to be in the right position to play the ball. From “off” and zone coverage, reads the QB and receiver well to maintain proper position. In man-to-man, reads the route well and stays on receivers’ hips and then cuts under to break up or intercept the pass; receivers often have to go through him to get to the ball. Must improve backpedal technique; must learn to sink hips and backpedal in a more compact motion.”
    That was from Russ Lande Sporting News.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Today starts phase 2 of the offseason program which consists and looks like this per Barrows
    ” Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separate” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

    * Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permissible.

    Each team also can hold a rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft.

    49ers schedule
    First day of offseason schedule: April 15
    OTAs: May 21-23, May 28-30, June 3-6
    Mandatory minicamp: June 11-13″

    Rookie minicamp is the weekend of May 10

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Speculation on behind the scenes maneuvering regarding TEs. Funny how Seahags and Petey are involved again.

  12. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Warren Moon was nearly 30 before he ever had a chance to be a starting QB in the NFL.
    He was, you know, one of those guys and they’re not smart enough to play QB.

    Doug Flutie was “one of those guys”, too. Dude was 5’9″ on a good day. I have to lean over to try to figure out how short he was.

    Jim Plunkett was another of “those guys”. A Native playing football? Who does the guy think he is, Jim Thorpe?
    He shares the same birthplace as me, so I am biased.
    But the guy thinks he has Two Rings.
    Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.
    If the thing inside the guy’s ribcage plays at full volume, I want to take a look see.
    Who on here wrote that RG III was a major league stud? I believe that was me. I believe it was me who drafted him onto my FF team.
    Peeps who make azzumptions (as I like to do as often as I can, adds spice to life), …
    I guess I can stop chanting “Free Tebow!” now, eh?

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You don’t get it do you?
    These guys all excelled in college. They have a body of accomplishments.
    Nate Montana went to 4 different colleges because he quit when they didn’t make him the starter.
    Niners are a Super Bowl team and I guarantee you if Kaepernick was injured and Nate Montana was inserted you would be embarassed.
    This isn’t fantasy football and
    RG3 was not an unknow so stop with that crap.
    If you drafted Russell Wilson then you know your shit.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Seahawks G.M. on possible Tebow interest: “Uh, no.”

  15. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Hindsight is always great, isn’t it Bullit?
    Why didn’t you pick RG to be your starting QB on your team? Or anyone else?
    How many GMs selected Warren?
    And Flutie? Give me a flippin’ break.
    Boston College, the football capital of the world. Doug Flutie MADE BC.
    And you still haven’t addressed the issue of Tim Tebow’s career record as an NFL starter.
    *more crickets*.
    Have fun being right all the time 1 year after the fact, after you’ve read what Matt copied from me and reposted.
    Or ESPN or SB Nation, or any of the other pubs who have printed my stuff.
    You think football is a small, insulated world?

  16. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Face it, Bullit. You’re suffering from a moderate to severe case of PTAS.
    Nate Davis is not on the 49ers. Nor is Tim Tebow.

    Nate Montana is. Deal with it.
    Two aspirins and bed rest for
    Post Traumatic Alex Syndrome

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The difference between those guys you mention, RTF, and Nate Montana, is that they all had major successes in college. Plunkett won the goddmn Rose Bowl for God’s sake. Many highly sucessful college QBs flame out in the NFL, but show me some lousy college guys that had stellar NFL careers and you could be on to something. But probably not anyway. Shit, Jeff Garcia looked pretty good at SJSU . . .

    Nate Montana couldn’t cut it at Notre Dame, U of Montana, and barely played well at West Virginai Wesleyan. He’s a long shot to make the CFL, let alone the NFL.

  18. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:


    “Rex Ryan tried to call Mark Sanchez to tell him they released Tebow but Sanchez could not find the receiver.”

    (Just thought I’d lighten the mood). Work to do, talk with you later.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Sanchez may very well be next on the cut-down list.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Hate to rain on your parade but Nate Montana is NOT on the Niner roster.
    He was invited to try out at the rookie mini camp. He has no contract.
    You need to get your facts straight.
    How is your guy Nate Davis doing?
    I see the pattern here.
    Nate Montana is the Frank Sinatra Jr of the football world.

  21. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Nate Davis was promoted to the AFL after busting his ass the last 2 years.
    How’s Alex doing? KC?
    Get over it.
    Nate Montana is on the San Franciso 49ers and Alex Smith isn’t.
    Thanks for asking.

  22. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    *San Francisco* – that’s what you get for multitasking.
    When and if I get time, I’ll steal some stuff from the Boys’ blogs.
    Good reading when you want to truly laugh till you drop.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Cards waived Adam Snyder
    However they decided to keep Chilo Rachal who they just signed.

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    “Rex Ryan tried to call Mark Sanchez to tell him they released Tebow but Sanchez could not find the receiver.”
    Nice one.

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt, why do you have to be such a weenie? If RTF thinks Montana deserves a shot, who’s gonna piss and moan about it? You. I disagree as well but I’m not an asshole about it.
    Howz about you try that some time?
    Besides, RTF, I can pretty much guarantee you that Alex does better than the last guy in KC. And he hasn’t played a down yet. Cassel won 2 games last year. Nowhere to go but up for KC. They may even reach the playoffs in that weak-assed division. Denver is due a let-down and the rest are dogshit.

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    PS, RTF. You made my ‘Post of the Day’ on my blog.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever Chuckie.
    Apparently in your usual king of hypocrite manner your poop doesn’t stink.
    You’re basically telling this guy the same damn thing.

  28. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll take that as a compliment.
    Thanks, Bullit.
    You will have to eat at a great of cheese to go with your Whine.
    Nate Montana is a 49er member,
    and what’s that guy’s name?????
    A something or other.
    You’re a masochist.
    Alex Smith is not on the San Francisco 49ers roster.
    Learn it, live it, or stop pretending that you are A Niner Fan.
    Nice try, however.
    I think Alex is warming up in Kansas City? Not too late to give that Kansas City Chief a friendly hello.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    DO NOT wash your hair in the shower!!
    It’s so good to finally get a health warning that is useful!!!
    Shampoo Warning! I don’t know WHY I didn’t figure this out sooner! I use shampoo in the shower! When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning, “FOR EXTRA BODY AND VOLUME.”
    No wonder I have been gaining weight! Well! I got rid of that shampoo and I am going to start showering with Dawn Dishwashing Soap. It’s label reads, “DISSOLVES FAT THAT IS OTHERWISE DIFFICULT TO REMOVE.”
    Problem solved!

  30. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Where do I buy it?

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Truly amazing how some people just can’t let Alex Smith go.
    Funny how he still affects the haters.
    Alex Smith brought us future ALL Pro DL Tank Carradine.
    One more draft pick next year.
    Deal with that.

  32. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I picked Carradine first on here if I’m not mistaken.
    Don Rickles might give me a cookie.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From a very extensive and comprehensive article about the draft choices as well as embedded videos.
    Tank Carradine is a beast, a bigger version of Patrick Willis!!!

  34. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    *haters* – Good one Bullit, Jimbo, the offensive staff, the secretaries, the post guys and gals want to hear:
    “What does Bullit think of Alex Smith and the Niner QB situation, because I’m sure it’s crucial. We have to keep that Alex whateverhisname is guy. That young pup. He just knows how to throw and run.”
    Haters is an effective argument against those who are bigger, smarter, and better then you.
    But unfortunately, you must wake up.
    Hater, my ass.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yep some people just can’t let it go.

  36. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Who is that to whom you’re referring, Bullit? Who writes a 4th grade term as if it were a weapon?
    After three years, don’t you think it gets old?
    Alex Smith is a Kansas City Chief.
    Scream in the night all you want about it.

  37. robNo Gravatar says:

    i like lattimore ! if he can come back from his injury , we just might have gotten the best RB in this draft !

  38. robNo Gravatar says:

    needless to say the jury is out on this draft ! if eric reid turns out to be the real deal at free safety and lightning strikes twice and lattimore turns out to be the second coming of frank gore … we’re good to go ! i like tank carradine and patton , so we’ll just have to wait and see !

  39. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jury’s not out. The Niners have graded very well in this draft. On paper.
    No one really liked Seattle’s draft last year, but Wilson and the DBs turned that into a great one.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There is one constant, when a rookie arrives at the Niner Headquarters the first thing they notice walking through the doors are the 5 Lombardi Trophies.
    They know they are joining one of the great orginazations with a winning culture.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    So you think Matt (Barrows or Maiocco?) get’s their storylines from you and steals your ideas?

  42. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Matt is a writer and good friends with Kevin and ever other writer in the Bay Area.
    He doesn’t get his “storylines” from me.
    He does, however, know how to read. Quite well I believe.
    And like every other writer, he may on occasion use someone else’s thoughts, ideas, or even catchphrases. Without even knowing whence they came.
    Jeezus, did you ever spent 2 minutes reading Herb Caen or the other great writers on the Chron?
    You did grow up in a cocoon, didn’t you?
    You do know your buddy Spitty got published in the Chron?
    Small world, eh?

  43. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Snowed last week and the icicles were forming on the eaves.
    Now it’s 95 and windy and the hot dust getting into everything the icicles missed.
    Straight out of High Plains Drifter.
    Everyone in town is in a bad mood until the weather passes.
    I’ll chill.

  44. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, my first night in the crib many long years ago was in Santa Clara.
    Yeah, that Santa Clara.
    My Dad worked up the road for 40 years a couple miles away.
    My only gripe is that the Niners are finishing the Stadium after I’ve retired to NM, so I can only watch from afar.

  45. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.
    My little horse must think it queer
    To stop without a farmhouse near
    Between the woods and frozen lake
    The darkest evening of the year.
    He gives his harness bells a shake
    To ask if there is some mistake.
    The only other sound’s the sweep
    Of easy wind and downy flake.
    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.
    –Robert Frost

  46. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Robert had a cabin I could show you, not too far from here.
    It’s in disrepair now. But they named Frost Road after it.

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    That QB they drafted BJ Daniels was really under the radar as most
    pre draft reports had him ranked very low.
    Turns out LB coach Jim Leavitt was his head coach for hia college team before he joined the Niner coaching staff.
    Leavitt vouched for Daniels so the Niners had him rated higher than Matt Scott.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Old and new Niners working and actually doing football stuff.
    Can’t wait for training camp and the season.

  49. winderNo Gravatar says:

    That’s pretty deep dennis. I could never understand him. In college I had to write a paper on one of his poems and I still never understood him.
    bullit – Thanks for all the info.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The horse didn’t seem to understand either!

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Unusual entry from you, Dennis. I always liked that poem, except for the sound of “downy flake.” “Easy wind THROUGH downy flake” would make sense, but downy flake by itself is soundless.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    For you in reference to your posterior comment of last week and to some of if the shoe fits posters who will have to self identify themselves.

  53. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    RTF was describing the snow and wind in NM and it reminded me of that poem. Not to mention a TV show used the final stanza last week so it was fresh in my mind.
    Next time I’ll quote Jack Frost. Hint: nipping and noses will be involved.

  54. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Winder. I never understood Robert Frost’s poetry either.
    His tiny cabin on that dirt road they named after him is only a clue to me.
    I wrote that it was in disrepair.
    It’s five miles to the nearest tree, and the wind here will tear anything down in time. The fact that it is still standing sort of is something.
    But you can see trees in the mountains 30 miles north, and on a good day can find water!

  55. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Didnt you see Telefon, Dennis? One of Chuck Bronson’s underrated movies about operatives planted in the US that were brainwashed, planted in the US, and forgotten about. 20 years later someone got ahold of the list of operatives and set them in motion by reading that Rob’t Frost poem to them.
    Lee Remick does a great job, and Donald PLeasance plays, well, Donald Pleasance.

  56. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Haven’t seen that movie in years. Had forgotten the Frost poem influence. Will see it again. Thanks for the heads up.

  57. winderNo Gravatar says:

    RTF- I would like to spend a little more time in NM before I die. During the 60’s I spent a little time in Taos, and in West Texas(peyote runs)and loved it. Always liked the desert.

  58. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, I’ve written about being pulled over three times in that State, being searched and whatall?
    Not a bust because I do my best not to break the law.
    At least the State Trooper who got me was sorta cute and polite.
    And she did get me a fixit ticket for a busted headlight.
    Funny, I’ve driven in 46 States, plus Canada and Mexico and Texas is the only place I’ve been pulled over – for driving legally.
    I will rip Texans and their Boys every chance I can get.
    God Bless the Republic!
    I live in New Mexico, where it is not a crime to breathe.

  59. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Cinco de Mayo is coming up. Lots of laughs and hard work.
    The French are coming!
    If only I could get away from all the Texans who hate the place so much they want to pollute our New Mexican Air?
    Has rookie camp started yet?

  60. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Spent a little time in Alberquerque, however the hell you spell it, for none other than Hands Across America. I was living in Woody Creek, Colo at the time, and my roommate thought hey, let’s go to NM and do it! She was cute and it was her car (covertible Rabbit no less), so I thought why not?
    Pretty much a waste of time, but we camped for free and spent a grand total of about 45 seconds in the line. There was a rope connecting Gallup to Alb as there wasn’t enough people to fill I-25. Or is it I-40? Shit, can’t remember.
    I did get to swim in the Rio Grande though. Fast and muddy as hell.
    Oh, to be young again.

  61. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    ABQ pretty much depends on which turn you make.
    Some hoods are gang, drug, and gun capitals.
    Others are million dollar mansion country (Rio Rancho for example).
    I stay away from it as best I can.
    The AFB is just south of town, and my nephew is a recent grad of UNM working with troubled kids.
    So, I have to go from time to time.
    Is it rookie camp yet?
    Did Tim Terrific get picked up?
    Does Mark Sanchez think about his center?
    Only The Shadow knows.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Quinton Patton is soon to be a fan favorite as he wants to be a Niner something fierce.

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    There’s only one “toin” to make when in Albuquerque. “I KNEW I ‘shoulda’ made that left ‘toin’ in ‘Albakoikie’.” First coined by Bugs Bunny in “Herr Meets Hare” (1945).

  64. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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