Go Ask Alice, I Think She’ll Know

The NFC West spun off its axis last week, with the Seahawks throwing in the towel, the Rams gearing up to defend against Jimmy Garoppolo, and the 49ers signing Richard (formerly Dickhead) Sherman, perhaps the most hated rival of the past seven years.

The Sherman signing is the sort of thumb-in-your-eye move Seattle has routinely applied to the Niners in the past. In that regard, signing him makes sense from a wound-your-enemy sort of view. Plus, sooner or later, the Niners will have the satisfaction of cutting him. If he can still play, good. If not, dumping him will be fun.

As for Seattle, unless they have a bunch of backup players who are excellent but unheard of, it appears they have decided they no longer have a team that can compete for a Super Bowl or even a division title, so they are discarding everything and starting over.

I doubt 49er fans will have much trouble getting a bang out of thumping their asses twice a year for the foreseeable future, but Seattle fans are probably asking themselves, “WTF? How did we suddenly become the 2015 49ers?”

We’ve now seen more activity in the two weeks leading up to Free Agency than we normally do when FA actually starts. Something is happening here, but we don’t know what it is, do we, Mr. Jones?

FA kicks off this Wednesday, March 14th. Time to load up on the popcorn and watch the 2018 NFL year roar into action.

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166 comments on “Go Ask Alice, I Think She’ll Know
  1. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    All this action is making the off-season quite a bit more interesting. I think a lot of it is caused by the big cap bump everyone got this year. But whatever the NFL will look a bit different this coming year and maybe even Cleveland will be a force.

  2. robNo Gravatar says:

    I feel like i just did a deal with the devil lol

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    How the Sherman deal came about


  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Joe Staley: “As much as I disliked playing against him for years, I know I will love being teammates with him going forward. Pumped to have RSherman_25 as a teammate!!”

  5. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Curiouser and curiouser Skeebs 😀

    I really do think I’m living in Bizarro World.

    What exactly is ‘Fake News’?
    Fukif I know anymore.

  6. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Instead of Seattle sticking it to the Niners in the usual way, Shanahan and Lynch are the dupes (or dopes) in them doing it again.

    Everyone so happy to see Sherman in a Niners uniform? Unbelievable what fans will accept in the hopes of winning another game or two.

    Sherman wasn’t that good anymore even before injuring both achilles’ tendons. Sorry to be the one to break it to y’all but Seattle just screwed the Niners over once again. Or maybe you think the Stanford genius is anxious to cripple himself on the way out the door of his football career.

    Always fun to watch a has-been DB with no wheels try to fake it. At least he takes some of the heat off that other anti-American head case.

    I wonder when the DA will have enough “negative evidence” to drop that Foster case and provide the cover needed for Lynch to save a little face while the league lowers the boom, until the next incident anyway.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niner’s were one of the teams on hand for the Princeton Pro Day to see QB Chad Kanoff last week despite of horrible weather.

    “The big-armed passer measured in at 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds, timed 4.90 in the 40 and posted a vertical jump of 32.5 inches. His hands measured 10-1/4 inches, a big number for a quarterback. Kanoff threw 55 passes; all had excellent velocity, and all were on the money.”

    Looks like a late round draftee who could be the developmental QB on the practice squad. As I have said before they should draft a QB every year because it’s just the smart thing to do.

  8. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, NoFear. Why do you even watch? Quit bitching and either watch your team or give up the ghost entirely. And BTW, if you didn’t know, Twinfan passed recently.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Allen Robinson is going to Da Bears for $42 mil for 3 years.
    Will plan B be Moncrief, Watkins or Gabriel?

    Broncos choose Case Keenum to lead them back to a SB

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Jordan Mathews maybe. 6’3″ 215 lbs just like arob.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Norwell to sign with Jags according to Schefter

    “G Andrew Norwell intends to sign with the Jaguars on a 5-year deal for $66.5 million, including $30M fully guaranteed, source tells ESPN. He is going to become NFL’s highest paid guard – $13.3 million average.
    39m “

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Watkins to the Chefs

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Wtkins is getting silly money 3 years $48 mil with a $30 mmil guaranteed. Chefs grossly overpaid.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Today we find out what charges if any the Santa Clara DA will press against Ruben Foster.
    What comes out of this court date will impact the upcoming seaon.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    3 year contracts are the norm among the FA signings.
    The reason according to Albert Breer is these guys all want to be UFAs when the next new NFL Collective Bragaining Agreement is implemented
    with increases in the network deals coming into play.

  16. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Had a feeling we might not be bidding for the high dollar FA’s. Like last year we will probably try to plug holes with competent players. It seems to work for us. There are still some pretty good names out there and maybe we will get a few. I am just glad that Norwell isn’t going to AZ. Really did want Robinson though and the Bears just got a good one.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Former Giants’ C-G Weston Richburg intends to sign a 5-year deal with the SF 49ers when free agency opens, per source.”

  18. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Richburg is solid.
    Good grab if he comes out way.
    Plug him in at OG and he slides to Center when Kilgore moves along.

    Hope they make a play for ILB Preston Brown too.
    Dude is a tackling machine. He could also make Foster expendable.

  19. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Could also open the door to dealing Garnett or, putting an OT higher on the Draft Board.

  20. RobNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t care much about the two free agents we’re rumored to be looking at, Lewis and Shead

  21. RobNo Gravatar says:

    Loved getting Sherman and Richburg tho.

    LT Staley. LG Garnett C Kilgore RG Richburg RT Brown .

    Two of our biggest needs filled already !

  22. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Rob- Lewis would make our offense more dynamic. Really waiting to see what a healthy Joe Williams looks like. With all these moves going on the draft is constantly changing, Unless the Broncos want to invest in a rookie QB I think they are the ones who will take Nelson. I was kinda hoping he would fall to nine but all these QB needy teams(except Buffalo) have picked up their guys. AZ will probably move up to get one of them because nobody wants to depend on Bradford.

  23. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, quit asking childish questions when you don’t want the answers.

    Sorry to hear about Twinfan. A Navy Vet who answered the call in wartime. RIP.

  24. RobNo Gravatar says:

    Good point Winder. I haven’t even considered the domino effect that all the free agent QB signings would have. Trading down might be a lot tougher now.

  25. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Richburg’s concussion last year was lengthy and that may have scared some teams off. If he is healthy, we just got WAY better on the interior of the O-line.

  26. RobNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, they say Richburg was ready to play and was pissed when they put him on IR

  27. RobNo Gravatar says:

    This could get interesting. The Packers just cut Jordy Nelson.

  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Who are the elite players on this team? Jimmy GQ and an improving DeForest Buckner. Seems obvious that FO will not overpay for elite talent and get it through the draft.

    Top grade FA WR cost too much. Top grade FA OG talent costs too much. Gambling on FA CB with Richard Sherman on a cheap incentive deal.

    So we have OC Richburg with a concussion history affecting his top end dollars. CB Sherman with Achilles etc history. Garcon and Goodwin on short term deals.

    Good plan. No need to blow the salary cap. Develop roster with the draft. Drafting well is the secret to success with a top notch coaching and scouting staff.

  29. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Note that Richburg, previous to last year, missed only one game of his first 48 in his first three seasons, with a minor ankle thing. So it’s not like he has had multiple concussions, just one bad one. I would think his chances of returning to 100% are therefore pretty high.

    I’m more worried about Sherman, because of the severity of his injury, his age, his long standing big fat mouth, and the possibility that the officials have tired of watching him mug receivers every week. I actually think that one is the riskier move.

  30. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From the Cohn zone:

    #80 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    “He is a good zone blocker due to very good initial quickness, very good footwork/technique as he takes correct steps to be in position and gives the running back room to work off his block on inside zone, outside zone, and split zone, and has good ability to sustain the block and finish. Richburg is a very good combo blocker as he secures the block at the first level before climbing and then once at the second level does a good job of taking the right angle, uses very good footwork, and wins at the point of attack.”

    “He is solid at reach blocks due to the angles he takes, getting his helmet in solid positions to get in front of the defender, and eventually turning the defender back to open lanes for the running back. Richburg displays very good ability to get out to the perimeter and execute, sustain, and finish blocks in the screen game.”

  31. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Weaknesses are size and strength. Kilgore at 308 lbs had problems with better nose tackles. How much better will Richburg be.

    Not strong enough for OG. He is an OC only. Billy Price, Frank Ragnow, and Will Clapp in 310 to 315 range and ZBS capable.

    Why a 5 yr contract for an undersized OZ center. Seems an improvement over Kilgore but much else?

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Carlos Hyde is going to sign with the Browns

    Niners are said to have interest in ex Vike RB McKinnon as Dion Lewis signed with Titans

  33. robNo Gravatar says:

    Guess we let Carlos walk . We’re ok tho

    Here’s one from a Q&A with Todd Mcshay

    If my team needs a ______, we’re in luck in this draft.

    McShay: Running back. It’s a very deep draft at the position. Barkley is No. 1, but LSU’s Derrius Guice, Stanford’s Bryce Love and the Alabama duo of Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris are really good, too. I have nine backs with grades that would put them in the first three rounds.

  34. robNo Gravatar says:

    Guessing we take a back early ! Trade down seems like a real option too .

    More from Mcshay Q&A when asked about the 49ers

    The first thing I would do is put the pick on the block for the highest bidder that is looking to move up

  35. robNo Gravatar says:

    Shows how smart I am ! We just signed Mckinnon ! I guess he’s a better receiver out of the backfield than carlos . Must be why we swapped out backs !

  36. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Good read from NN with two articles on same subject. Upgrade roster to all starter positions at average or above. Use FA to upgrade overall starter capability at all positions, leave no holes.

    Seems Richburg fits this approach. Well schooled in technique. Maybe not ever an Alex Mack all-pro. With concussion fears, probably got him on the long term contract cheap.

    Although the clear starter, OC taken care of now with the two of them competing to bring out their best as well as platooning to keep the position play at a high level.

    Now let’s get Sitton.

  37. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Good read from NN with two articles on same subject. Upgrade roster to all starter positions at average or above. Use FA to upgrade overall starter capability at all positions, leave no holes.


    Seems Richburg fits this approach. Well schooled in technique. Maybe not ever an Alex Mack all-pro. With concussion fears, probably got him on the long term contract cheap.

    Although the clear starter, OC taken care of now with the two of them competing to bring out their best as well as platooning to keep the position play at a high level.

    Now let’s get Sitton.

  38. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Hyde is gonna have a difficult ride in that division, I wish him well but I am also glad he’s gone. We just got our kick return guy in McKinnon and a versatile back. I think Williams is gonna be our featured RB this year.

  39. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Is McKinnon our Gurley-man.

    Nice to have both draft capital and FA dollars this year to up the roster quality for all positions. This pickup saves spending one of the day 2 picks on RB.

    Need to address LB without spending draft capital on day 1 or day 2.

    Even getting Sitton will still need IOL in RD 2 or 3. Really need a trade back for an extra 2nd.

  40. robNo Gravatar says:

    “Carlos Hyde was a deliberate, physical runner. In that sense, he wasn’t a great fit for Kyle Shanahan’s outside zone scheme that thrives with explosive, one-cut-and-go running backs.

    That’s what the team got by signing former Viking Jerick McKinnon.”


  41. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Honey Badger is a free agent. S-CB Tyrann Mathieu cut by the Cardinals.


  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’m gonna keep your UT RB Chris Warren on my final Draft List.
    Sorta see him as a potential FB prospect.
    Can’t ignore his size and Receiving ability.
    5.6 YPC isn’t too shabby either.

  43. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    No Sitton. What happened?

  44. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers trading center Daniel Kilgore and a 7th-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for another 7th-round pick, per source. Miami takes on Kilgore contract and bonus.”


  45. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Richburg should be a clear upgrade over Kilgore, *especially* pass blocking. And Kilgore was marginal as a center and not going to make us any better at guard. It would be nice to also pick up a guard in FA before the draft.

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Raiders are releasing WR Michael Crabtree, per source.”

  47. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Where do you go when you get cut from the Raiders?

  48. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    49ers signed DE Jerry Attaochu, formerly of the Chargers, to a one-year contract.

    A promising pass-rush prospect coming out of Georgia Tech in 2014, Attaochu’s early NFL career was derailed by injuries. He flashed outside-edge explosiveness when healthy and was the 50th overall pick in the draft. Attaochu is a smart investment by the Niners on this one-year, prove-it deal.

  49. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Courtesy of Maiocco, here is where we stand for draft picks now:

    49ERS 2018 DRAFT PICKS
    1. First round: No. 9 overall (own pick)
    2. Second round: No. 59 overall (New Orleans pick acquired in 2017 draft-day trade)
    3. Third round: No. 70 (own pick)
    4. Third round: No. 74 overall (Chicago pick acquired in 2017 draft-day trade)
    5. Fourth round: No. 128 overall (Pittsburgh pick acquired in 2017 trade of Vance McDonald)
    6. Fifth round: No. 143 overall (N.Y. Jets pick acquired in 2017 trade of Rashard Robinson)
    7. Sixth round: No. 184 (own pick)
    8. Seventh round: No. 223 overall (Miami pick acquired in 2018 trade of Daniel Kilgore)
    9. Seventh round: No. 240 overall (Kansas City pick acquired in 2016 trade of Kenneth Acker)

    *-Second round, own pick, traded to New England for Jimmy Garoppolo
    *-Fourth round, own pick, traded to Denver for Kapri Bibbs and a 2017 fifth-round pick
    *-Fifth round, own pick, traded along with Vance McDonald to Pittsburgh for 2018 fourth-round pick
    *-Seventh round, own pick, traded along with Kilgore to Miami for 2018 seventh-round pick

    Dumping Kilgore only moved us up four spots in the 7th round. However, we did get out from under his contract.

  50. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Sitton should have been our target. Help develop a Billy Price.

    Huge hole between the 1st and 2nd pick. Many IOL, edge, ILB will be gone. We need a trade down for an extra 2nd in that gap.

    Is FO talking trade to get a high 2nd?

  51. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Follow those former Seattle D-connections.
    Saleh and Chargers, even Falcons.

  52. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree replaced by Jordy.
    Lynch to Chi-Town.

  53. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Sitton joining Kilgore.
    Don’t think Sitton is mobile enough for Shanny?
    Lot’s of options yet to come…

  54. robNo Gravatar says:

    Nice post at 4:23 NJ ! Good thinking !

    I think maybe Kilgore asking for a trade caught Lynch and Shanny off guard a little bit .I don’t think we had time to go after Sitton !

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In comes LEO Jeremiah Attaochu and out goes Aaron Lynch to da Bears.

    Tank Carradine was in Oakland today trying to become a Raiduh.

    Liked Attaochu when he came out of GA Tech. He can be a good pass rusher.

    Like this pickup and consider this an upgrade.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Chris Warren doesn’t have heart. He was relegated to third string being passed up by 2 freshmen RBs. Instaed of trying to compete he transferred and then decided to try the NFL. I would pass on him.

    I would not draft him. Last year’s Texas RB D’onte Foreman was the reak deal and had a decent rookie year for the Texans.

  57. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Kilgore did an interview last year where he said he has never felt secure with his job as a starter or a backup with the Niners. I guess the NFL is like that for a lot of players. Maybe Miami will be better for him. I think with a healthy Brown and Garnett we should be looking pretty good. We still need to get a few more in FA and the draft.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As it turns out the bonus clauses in Kilgore’s contract don’t kick in until the 3rd day of the new league year which happens to be tomorrow.
    When they signed Richburg they had an out and smartly exercised it

    I was suprised when they extended Kilgore because he was average at best and we have often discussed replacing him with a rookie in the draft.

    If they trade down and get a high 2nd round pick I would consider taking James Daniels a C/OG from Iowa. He has the zone blocking skills. Beathard can give Lynch some insight into Daniels’ value.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Two items of mystery for the Niners.

    No news on Reuben Foster who supposedly had a court date last Mon 3/12.
    Does no news mean good news?

    Also Joshua Garnett is rarely discussed by Lynch or Shanahan as all we heard was he was resculpted his body to fit a ZBS.

  60. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree signs with the Ravens.

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Reid is complaining that he’s getting the “kap” treatment by teams who are not even inviting him in to talk.

    It has more to do with ability and upside as Goodwin took a knee too and earned an extension with his inspired play. Reid has always underachieved and has never justified Baalke trading up to grab him in the first round. Reid has been average at hi best.

  62. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    It wasn’t a court date bullit, The DA needed to file charges by that date.

    Apparently they didn’t. EIther not enough to go on, or the girl pulled the charges.

  63. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Reid might also be one more serious concussion from done after the two his rookie year. Teams have to factor that into things now.

  64. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The Raiders have reached an agreement with defensive lineman Tank Carradine.”

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Raiduhs are signing Tank Carradine who spent 4 blah years with the Niners and lived up to being another 2nd round Baalke bust

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Can anyone identify what position on defense Carradine was a fit?

    What was his strength? Run stopper or pass rusher? He didn’t show much to me except take a roster spot and salary cap space.

  67. robNo Gravatar says:

    Pass rusher anyone ! maybe bradley Chub or trade down ?

  68. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I hope we take a serious look at Vinny Curry

  69. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Shocked they never contacted Sitton, perfect choice for bridge LG while rookies develop. CHI does a lot of outside zone.

    Assume now that trainers gave Lynch the all clear on Garnett’s new body for ZBS. Also the top draft pick will be an LG with the smarts to pick up coaching fast.

    Top priority is protecting franchise QB and good enough running game to spread out the D. No more direct hits like the A gap blitzing McKinney put on GQ’s chin.

    Trade down by whatever means necessary. Get the best OZ/pass pro OG and send him to LeBentley’s OL school in and out of OTA’s.

    Edge may already be covered. First pick Billy Price.

  70. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    To me Bullit, it’s been more about Picks made for fit now as opposed to misfit Picks during the Coaching carousel years.

    This is what SHOULD have been happening all along.
    Prior pieces just don’t fit now and need to be changed.
    Looks much better of late too.

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    When you take a step back and look, Tank Carradine achieved as much as Kentwan Balmer in his Niner career. Tank was able to hide behind his injuries and rode it for 4 years. Balmer didn’t have any injury to mask his lack of talent.

    Still Balmer is the second biggest bust in Niner history of first round picks. Balmer had 19 tackles as a Niner whereas 1999 first round pick Reggie McGrew totaled 10 tackles in his 2 years with the team.

    Erik Armstead is going down the same path. In his 3 years with the team he has played in 30 games and started 10. He has missed 18 games due to injury. Armstead needs to wake up and make some plays because in his 4th year potential will get you what it got Tank Carradine, another Baalke bust.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    A sleeper WR that can be had on the last day of the draft is Penn WR Justin Watson. He has good size at 6’3″ and decent speed at 4.55.
    He’s a precise route runner and catches everything with his hands.
    Was at East West Shrine game where he put in good showing but was not invited to NFL combine.

  73. robNo Gravatar says:

    Trent baalke was obsessed with measurables ! He loved Armstead’s 6’7 near 300 lb frame and his potential . Some people at the time were comparing him to Calais Campbell !

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    With Joe Staley as the exception, there are no more draft picks on the roster from the 2013 draft back with the departures of Eric Reid, Kilgore and Tank Carradine.
    This shows what a charlatan Baalke was as an evaluator of talent.
    Never mind he had a boatload of draft picks that he bragged about every year (10 plus). The results are why the team was a dumpster fire coupled with his choice of head coaches after Harbaugh with Jimmy T and Chip.

  75. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    OG Justin Pugh has found a team so any FA pickup is a downgrade from Fusco, who we let go.

    Lynch seems confident in their approach. With only #9 we have a huge need at LG and edge. Is there a trade coming.

    Lots of ways to do it. OL needs to grow as a unit. Cannot settle for LG. Best draft capital is now, unless Jimmy gets IR’d. Bundle Armstead in trade. Cannot quibble about fair trade value.

    Got a problem. Does Lynch have a solution.

  76. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Colts now have three 2nd RD picks before us, AND need DL.

    Possibilities for Lynch. Do it.

  77. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    THe Jest just moved up to #3 in this year’s draft which means they will draft a QB. From the Jest
    ” acquired the No. 3 overall pick from the @Colts for our No. 6 overall pick, 37th overall pick, 49th overall pick and our 2019 2nd round pick.”

    That’s a lot to move up 3 spots.

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jests gave up their #1 pick in the 6th slot 2 #2 picks this year at #37 and 49th and a #2 pick in the 2019 draft.

    Feeding frenzy on QBs can only benefit the Niners as it drops top 5 players to #9.

  79. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We may lose out on the QB frenzy. Unless the Bills need an intermediate stop on their way from #12 to #2.

    Indy was 5-11 to our 6-10. And in position to do another trade down. So it is Chubb or trade.

    Could have played Beathard against JAX.

  80. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, thanks for the feedback on Chris Warren, duly noted 😀
    Saw his Combine stats and immediately thought FB.
    Funny you mention a PSU WR too.
    I’ve got several PSU players on the work list right now myself.
    Figure we won’t get a sniff of Barkley but, I’ve got Gisecki, Troy Apke, and another WR, DaeSean Hamilton in the mix.
    Hamilton didn’t run in Indy, so I’m hoping to see something positive when/if he does prior to the Draft.
    He’s 6’1″/203 Officially and, appears durable, as he banked 53 games and 18 TDs.
    What got my attention was Steve Smith’s assessment that he was probably the best route runner in the WR Class when interviewed in Indy.

    As for Tank, (and the remains of the Baalke/Singletary/Harbaugh/Kelly Era), I’m just happy to see the Dysfunction Phase of the York Ownership Period finally work it’s way into daylight.

    Never understood why they never seemed to have any sort of plan, for what pieces were being sought and, for what scheme.

    Obviously Singletary and Harbaugh seemed to have similar schemes on Offense. Pound, pound, pound.
    Defense was the spot where things never seemed to jell.
    Baalke had a better sense of Defense than he ever had on Offense.
    There were 3-4 guys mixes with 3-4 guys and, always created misfits.

    Just glad to see Lynch and Shanny working in unison to get things organized.
    Jed also never provided much Capital to the Scouting Dept as he finally seems to have done for Lynch, thankfully.

    What’s done is done.
    Let history’s lessons be learned and, never repeated.

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Correction….4-3 guys mixed with 3-4 guys.

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Watson looks interesting too.
    40 games and 33 TDs ain’t too shabby.

    As it stands now I’ve got Allen Lazard from Iowa State and Dylan Cantrell on my Split (Tall) WR list.
    Watson may actually find his way into the mix now 😀

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Lazard is a playmaker and a red zone threat. He’s worth looking at in the 5th round.

    Put another Iowa G/C on your radar, Sean Welsh 6-3 298 and experienced in Iowa’s ZBS.

    Was liking Mark Walton RB out of the U but he is similar to our new RB Jet McKinnon. Edge rusher I’d look at in second round is Ohio St Sam Hubbard .

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m rolling out a late RD Edge guy (if they don’t spend a Pick early) on the position.
    Ade Aruna from Tulane.

    Ade Aruna, 3-4 DE/OLB, Tulane Height: 6-5 Weight: 262. 40 Time: 4.60 (DL26) (1.60 Split) (7.53 Cone) (38.5″ Vert)

    Cone numbers sucked but, he seemed to have a quick get off.
    Wouldn’t rule out an earlier Pick at the position of course but, I think they’ll be drooling for a guy like QNelson, possibly Will Hernandez now that they replaced Kilgore with Richburg.
    Also can’t rule out an OT now either if TBrown isn’t considered a long term option.

    With what the NYJ did today, things are going to be busy in the Top 5, with QB needy teams jumping over each other.
    Hopefully it allows a useful gem to land on our slot.

  85. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    As it stands now we are gonna either get a player we didn’t think we could get or else move back and get some more picks. We aren’t sitting as pretty as NY or a couple of other teams but we are still in the drivers seat. We just might get Nelson.

  86. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Can you point to any links detailing experience and competence with reach blocks and ZBS technique for either Nelson or Hernandez.

    Bloggers have cited power gap run game at Notre Dame only.

    Norwell and Sitton are both 320 lbs and good at OZ and other ZBS. Combine stats not good enough. Can their big bodies go through a season of OZ.

    Price and Daniels have that experience. Can Daniels grow into LG size. Centers can be smaller. Richburg is undersized. Does he need to be complemented with 310 lb OG?

  87. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We still have two major needs. Guard on the O-line, and a real Edge rusher on defense. Does not look like we are getting any more top quality free agents so one hole might not get filled this year. Frankly I’m a defense first kind of guy so I’d rather fill the Edge hole first, but I won’t complain too much if we take a guard. But I’d take the edge first, and guard second. After that, strictly BPA.

  88. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    This draft class good in IOL. The better ones will be gone before #59. Need to do a trade down of #9 or trade up of one of picks 2, 3, and 4 to get an edge first, then Price or Daniels.

  89. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Nelson would be my pick if he’s there, From what I have read and seen he has the ability to work any scheme and since KS loves to run the ball it only makes sense to get the best if he’s available. If he’s what’s advertised he will solidify our line for years to come

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If I had the choice of any player to draft.
    I would take Barkley but second it would be Nelson.

    With Marsh and Attaochu they might have improved the pass rush as Aaron Lynch showed promise and then flatlined, regressed and disappeared because he was not in football shape.

  91. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom Price injured himself on the bench in Indy. Pectoral tear?

    He’s likely devalued now to some degree.
    I liked him and Ragnow as OC options. Likely not needed now with Weston addition.
    Price suggested injury was minor so, maybe he’s still a viable option?

  92. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- If both Barkley and Nelson were there at 9 I would take Barkley too. I doubt either make it to 9.

  93. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, you make a good point.

    Initially, I thought some injuries are overlooked. He has a partial pec tear that did require surgery. 4 month recovery from what I read.

    For us, by getting rid of Fusco and no Norwell, Sitton, and even Pugh, we are counting on the rookie and Garnett to be starters. Price falls out since he will miss OTA’s and with rehab may even miss TC.

    That leaves Daniels and some here say the big hulks can handle OZ.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’ve got Daniels on my list as an OC.
    Slightly undersized I thought but….No reason to think he couldn’t play OG.
    I have the same theory with Brad Bozeman from ‘Bama.
    Have him as a potential OG as well.
    One thing I think Shanny seeks are the quicker change of direction guys.
    For that reason, I find myself leaning toward the guys with the good Split times and Cone Drill numbers.

    One guy that jumped out at me from the Combine was OT Kolton Miller.
    I could easily see him, and possibly Joe Noteboom from TCU starting inside at OG for Shanny.

    With the addition of Richburg, I’ll assume he’s gonna hold the position for the next several years.
    Very possible to stick another OC or OT alongside him until they’re ready to move to the edge.

  95. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Miller is huge, 6’9″/309 to be exact.
    However, he lit it up in Indy.
    (1.67 Split) (7.38 Cone) (24 Reps)

    Noteboom is also a little light at 6’5″/309, which could bode well for the mobility Shanny seems to seek.
    He turned in a 4.96/40
    (1.72 Split) (7.65 Cone) (35 Reps)

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    It has been publicized that they are bringing in Colton Miller for a visit, one of the 30 pre-draft visits to a teams HQ.

    Two mid round prospects at OT have been reported to be of interest to Lynch. They are Austin Corbett from Nevada Reno and Alex Cappa
    from Humboldt St. Both of these guys are destined to be kicked inside to Guard and are said to be 4th or 5th rounders.

    It’s a new regime so no more mistakes like Marcus Martin, Kwame Harris and even Anthony Davis.
    AD still pisses me off. I always thought Iupati should have been re-signed before Davis and the rest is history with Davis playing games and leading Baalke on through the draft and free agency up to training camp.

  97. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Observation by Barrows

    “Linebacker Mark Nzeocha now is wearing No. 53, NaVorro Bowman’s former jersey. It seems that Patrick Willis’ No. 52 and Frank Gore’s No. 21 are the only non-retired numbers deemed untouchable for now.”

  98. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I always liked AD when he played here at Rutgers.
    I recall a story related to his concussion vs the NYG, and Harbaugh’s apparent lack of concern after it happened.

    I suspect he took that incident very personally and,(perhaps), took it out on the Team?
    Hard to know what transpired within, but I suspect there was a very sour relationship during the Harbaugh/Baalke/Paraag Era.

    Just happy to see things moving more fluidly since Lynch/Shanny came aboard.
    Something I’ve always considered important – Letting Football Guys handle the Football Ops, which finally appears to have happened.

    BTW, I also have Corbett on my radar – Both he and Hernandez turned in 5.15/40s and 1.76 Splits.
    I’ll take a look at Cappa – Thx.
    I saw Hernandez in Mobile and thought he was a perfect fit for Shanny.

    He got after people all over the Field and, blew Corbett off the screen in Bench reps 37-19 in Indy.

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If Miami starts looking like they are interested in drafting a QB then
    Buffalo might be interested in dealing their other #1 pick at 23 and their second round pick for the #9 pick to move up in front of the Fins.

    In this scenario I would pick OT Connor Williams if he is there or OG/C James Daniels. Williams can play guard until Staley retires and then you kick him outside to LT. Daniels would be my Plan B if Williams is gone.

    With the second round pick from Buffalo I would take Mike Gesicki TE
    Penn State who would be a great joker TE and red zone threat.

  100. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I could 2nd that scenario too Bullit.
    Williams looked good to me as well, 5.05/40 at 296 is extremely impressive as mobility goes.
    He’s #4 of 5 on my OT List so far 😀

    Getting close to the final cut….

  101. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA Height: 6-9 Weight: 309 40-Time: 4.95 (1.67 Split) (7.38 Cone) (24 Reps)

    Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh Height: 6-7 Weight: 297 40-Time: 4.82 (1.70 Split) (7.14 Cone) (22 Reps)

    Joseph Noteboom, OT, (OG) T.C.U. Height: 6-5 Weight: 309 40-Time: 4.96 (1.72 Split) (7.65 Cone) (35 Reps)

    Connor Williams , OT, Texas Height: 6-5 Weight: 296 40-Time: 5.05 (1.72 Split) ( 7.83 Cone) (26 Reps)

    Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon Height: 6-5 Weight: 309 40-Time: 5.23 (1.86 Split) (7.89 Cone) (17 Reps)

  102. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think I’m close to standing on the OG portion of my List also –

    Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame Height: 6-5 Weight: 325 40-Time: 5.25 (7.65 Cone) (35 Reps)

    Will Hernandez, OG, U.T.E.P. Height: 6-2 Weight: 327 40-Time: 5.15 (1.76 Split) (37 Reps)

    Braden Smith, OG, Auburn Height: 6-6 Weight: 315 40-Time: 5.22 (1.80 Split) (35 Reps)

    Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada Height: 6-4 Weight: 306 40-Time: 5.15 (1.76 Split) (19 Reps)

    Skyler Phillips, OG, Idaho St. Height: 6-3 Weight: 324 40-Time: 5.10 (1.76 Split) (7.95 Cone)

    Scott Quessenberry, C, (OG) UCLA Height: 6-3 Weight: 324 40-Time: 5.10 (1.76 Split) (7.95 Cone)

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    OK Bullit, you win on UT RB Chris Warren.
    I’ve opted to replace him with ND RB Josh Adams as a potential FB candidate 😀
    Josh Adams, RB, (FB) Notre Dame Height: 6-2 Weight: 213
    He appears to have Receiving ability and, what I hope is enough bulk to handle Lead Blocker ability.

  104. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s some info from Penn’s Pro Day Bullit –
    Two dozen teams were on hand to watch Penn receiver Justin Watson work out, and the small-school wideout did not disappoint.

    Watson, who impressed scouts at the Shrine Game and participated in the Senior Bowl but did not receive a combine invitation, measured 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. He completed 20 reps on the bench, touched 40 inches in the vertical jump and reached 10 feet in the broad jump.

    His 40 time was a blistering 4.39.

    Watson was known for his reliable hands coming into the workout and proved today that he has the athleticism for the next level.

  105. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Seems we were involved with this kid from Temple also –

    Approximately 30 teams were on hand for Temple’s pro day, and it was a sleeper defensive lineman who stole the show.

    Jullian Taylor, a player not graded by scouts coming into the year, displayed next-level athleticism during the pro day. Taylor measured 6-foot-4-inches and 295 pounds. He timed as fast as 4.83 in the 40, completed 31 reps on the bench press and touched 33 inches in the vertical jump. He then put that athleticism on display during position drills.

    Taylor, who we presently grade as a sixth-round prospect, was never mentioned by scouts entering the season. But a terrific senior campaign, including a 10-tackle, 4.5-tackle-for-loss performance against Central Florida, helped put him on the map.

    Prior to today’s workout, Taylor had five private workouts for NFL teams, and tomorrow he’ll be working out for the Tennessee Titans. He has three official visits on his schedule, including the Arizona Cardinals. Last night he had a working dinner with the San Francisco 49ers.

  106. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    A ‘working dinner’ sounds a little serious no?
    I didn’t locate a thing on him ANYWHERE….Nice to see the Scouts did at least 😀

    I’m impressed –


  107. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Thanks for the info on Watson. From a third day late rounder he’s rising fast and now will get drafted on the second day possibly late second round. That’s what a 4.39 will do for you.
    No doubt he’s on the Pat’s radar. I would take him over Pettis from UW simply because Pettis is slight of frame and in the John Ross mode who was a bust last year with injuries catching 1 pass for the Bengals.
    I would take a chance with Watson over Miller from Memphis and Moore from Maryland who are also second day projected draft choices at WR.

  108. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Amazing what’s on You tube.
    Here is Justin Watson’s Pro Day


    What’s not to like? I love the sleepers.

  109. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Going back in the way back machine

    Joe Montana interview from 1993 with Wayne Walker who recently passed away and in my opinion the best Niner analyst and best sports anchor in the Bay Area.


    Also another video on “the Catch” but did you know Montana pointed at and talked smack to “Too Tall” Jones right after the TD?


  110. robNo Gravatar says:

    Wow that Justin Watson looks pretty good ! He had the longest catch for the North at the senior bowl and a 4/4.2 40 time !

  111. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’m in the same boat.
    Take a chance with the small school sleepers on the cheap.
    Most of them seem to have a better work ethic and, something to prove.
    Allows team to shop the pedigreed guys early and find bargains late.

  112. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Check out RB Ito Smith Bullit.
    Got him on my Late RD/UDFA List.
    Memphis St? Can’t recall at the moment.
    Little guy with some crazy production numbers.

  113. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers signed guard Jonathan Cooper to a one-year deal.”

  114. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The guy was a generational prospect at OG

    He was the Nelson of outside zone, he had tremendous athleticism and strength. He was made for this scheme. Great pass blocker and run blocker. Technically proficient. Excelled at pulling blocks and getting to the second level. He was considered safest prospect. Only reason he hasn’t been good is knee injury and poor scheme fit. He took a while to recover from broken and most likely is still recovering. Arizona he was injured and they ran inside zone and a little power. Not outside zone. New England’s runs straight power. Dallas runs outside zone, but this was the first time he was healthy and a good scheme fit, and he did OK.

    Tons of potential. High upside low risk. Great signing. Better than Beadles already and arguably better than Laken as well.

    Posted by nynerfan4ever on Mar 20, 2018 | 2:18 PM

    The above from comment in NN article.

  115. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From Dallas Cowboys blog on new add:

    I’m still surprised that he was such a high pick. Mainly because he looks so much smaller than the other 4 lineman.

    For a top 10 OL pick you would expect a guy that looks like Tron.

    Posted by Robsa on Mar 20, 2018
    That’s why I don’t like Wynn

    Same build as Cooper and same type of prospect as he was coming out. You need bigger, stronger guys inside or the Fletcher Cox’s of the world will cause too much disruption.

    Posted by MrZach on Mar 20, 2018 | 6:21 PM


  116. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    It’s good youse guys are keeping up on all the prospects. I consulted with Alice as suggested and she didn’t have a clue.

    “WTF do I know? I eat strange shit and fall down rabbit holes for a living.”

    What is interesting is looking back on all the can’t-miss guys a year or two down the road.

    When did BPA overtake drafting for need as the superior strategy? Really sounds like drafting by consensus instead of evaluating for ability and need within current scheme.

    I imagine it has to do with ridiculously expensive follow-on contracts for players that perform well and the time allowed for new regimes to produce playoff caliber squads.

    I wonder if the two new alternate leagues will allow their players to alienate their fans with political posturing and grandstanding. No! They will not.

  117. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear I’ve always assumed BPA was intended to fill a position of need.
    If Lynch/Shanny are looking for a specific position, then, take the BPA at that position.
    I have seen over the years where Teams (Jerruh) reach for the ‘Star’ on the Board,(Mo Clairborne) then seem surprised when the ‘Star Prospect’ doesn’t fit what the Coaches are in need of.

    Some positions are almost can’t miss IMO, for instance, a bonafide pass rusher.

    BPA does create competition I guess, which is always a way to improve, if you manage the Contracts properly.
    Something I will give credit to Paraag for doing pretty well, while guys like Jerruh, are simply clueless.

    What’s interesting to me thus far is, Tomlinson and Cooper both expire after this year.
    Seems to me, they’ll still seek OGs next month, to step in when/if Tomlinson/Cooper are turned loose next year.
    I’d imagine they’re going to address the OT position too, as Joe is getting up there in terms of NFL years. One thing has to be a priority now, protecting their investment in Jimmy.

    And, yes, more guys bomb than succeed in terms of Draft selection/expectations.
    Hence, I appreciate the Mid-Late RD blue collar guys who typically have something to prove vs the ‘All World’ hyped guys that suck up the Cap budget, and fail more often than they succeed.
    QBs being the most risky IMO.

  118. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er, yeah, you can build from the lines or skill positions but if you don’t have a top QB, pass rusher and corner you will be scrambling to cover weaknesses.

    And with the current climate good luck re-signing any good ones you developed.

    And Sherman in SF is like Favre playing for the Vikes. It stinks.

  119. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I hear you on that NoFear.
    My simple philosophy…
    Protect the QB
    Sack the QB

    Give me the Big Nasties in the trenches and go from there. 😀
    Always found the Parcells teams B-O-R-I-N-G in my younger years but, learned to appreciate the time of possession aspect to ground and pound and playing solid Defense.

    Became a 9er Fan because Walsh was innovative, and fun to watch.
    Shanny brings some of that style back in vogue for me now too.
    Nice to have a plan in place when shopping for pieces to complete it.

    I’m with you on Dick too.
    Hard to switch gears on the guy we’ve despised as the enemy for all these years but….I’ll learn to accept it, if he’s here to win.

    Favre was just butt-hurt that the business side of football didn’t go his way I guess?
    Couldn’t accept the inevitable? That age catches up with everyone, especially athletes, (and their wages).
    Always admired his love of the game though.
    Something I’m hoping Dick will continue to bring to our locker room.

  120. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Good reasons why it is difficult to spend a #1 pick on a WR
    2015 draft Amari Cooper, Kevin White, Devante Parker, Nelson Aglohor,
    Breshaud Perriman, Philip Dorsett
    2016 Draft Corey Coleman, Will Fuller, Josh Docston, Laquan Treadwell
    2017 Draft Corey Davis, Mike Williams, John Ross

    The common thread among WRs drafted in first round is either they are hurt or they just can’t adapt to the NFL quick enough to make a contribution.
    For every Odell Beckham there are 5 picks that have contributed as nuch as AJ Jenkins and Jonathan Baldwin two first round busts.

    Outside of QBs, Receivers are most difficult to evaluate and project into the NFL game unless you are the Steelers.

  121. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Dana Hall, Reggie McGraw, Rashaun Woods, JJ Stokes, Jim Druckenmiller, Israel Iffy-any(?),Todd Kelly…
    Always a crap shoot I guess?
    Find guys who want to work and hate to lose.

    Ignore the hype that comes from College at all cost.

  122. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Reggie McGrew that is…

  123. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Amp Lee, Kentwan Baller, Lame Kwame, Gio the goat herder-amazzi.
    Christ I can’t think of them all.
    I’ll always remember passing on Wilfork too.

  124. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Balmer damit

  125. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Donahue really did suck but so did our scouting dept. if we even had one.

  126. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Everything went to shit in the FO when Walsh left. Our drafting got so bad we had to bring in free agents by the boatload every year to stay in contention. We’ve never completely recovered.

  127. robNo Gravatar says:

    Grump That’s one way of looking at it. We had the greatest WR, QB , owner and one of the greatest head coaches all time on one team ! Hard not to “go to shitt” trying to follow that ! Guess i see where you got your name from ! lol

  128. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Rob: Here are our first picks for the decade after Walsh left.

    1989 – Keith DeLong.
    1990 – Dexter Carter.
    1991 – Ted Washington.
    1992 – Dana Hall.
    1993 – Dana Stubbblefield.
    1993 – Todd Kelly.
    1994 – Bryant Young.
    1994 – William Floyd.
    1995 – J.J. Stokes.
    1996 – Israel Ifyeani (2nd round, no first round pick)
    1997 – Jim Druckenmiller.
    1998 – R.W. McQuarters.
    1999 – Reggie McGrew.

    BY was a great pick. The others range from meh, to sucks like Linda Lovelace, But Not In A Good Way.

    The gradual erosion of the team and collapse in 1999 can be laid largely at the feet of poor drafting. We were overpaying to fill holes by free agency. Offensive line was never a priority and the line of the late 90s was nowhere near the quality of what came before. Add in the ill advised pickup of Lawrence Phillips, because again we were short on drafted talent, and that was All She Wrote.

  129. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Stokes was not a superstar IMO he was an average #2 receiver lasting 8 years with the Niners.

    The guy you left off your list was Mike Rumph and Grump mention McQuarters.

  130. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Bullit, did my immediate floppers off the top of my head this AM.
    Rumph qualifies for sure.

    Always treated the Draft with a grain of sarcasm added.
    Simply because young guys, coming into millions of bucks, fresh out of College, was a recipe for disaster IMO.

    Pretty much the reason why I’ve appreciated the Mid RD guys with something to prove.
    College superstars rarely heard anything but praise and, for many, let it go to their heads, only to be rudely awakened to the reality that NFL players have to WORK.

  131. robNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a random sample of the teams picking around us .
    22 Chicago Bears Stan Thomas
    23 Miami Dolphins Randal Hill
    24 Los Angeles Raiders Todd Marinovich
    25 San Francisco 49ers Ted Washington
    26 Buffalo Bills Henry Jones
    27 New York Giants Jarrod Bunch

  132. robNo Gravatar says:

    the next year

    Tony Smith Running Back Southern Miss
    20 Kansas City Chiefs Dale Carter Cornerback Tennessee
    21 New Orleans Saints Vaughn Dunbar Running Back Indiana
    22 Chicago Bears Alonzo Spellman
    23 San Diego Chargers Chris Mims Defensive End
    24 Dallas Cowboys Robert Jones
    25 Denver Broncos Tommy Maddox
    26 Detroit Lions Robert Porcher
    27 Buffalo Bills John Fina
    28 Cincinnati Bengals Darryl Williams
    – New York Giants Dave Brown

  133. robNo Gravatar says:

    two years later

    Tim Bowens † DT Ole Miss SEC
    1 21 Detroit Lions Johnnie Morton WR USC Pac-10
    1 22 Los Angeles Raiders Rob Fredrickson
    1 23 Dallas Cowboys Shante Carver DE
    1 24 New York Giants Thomas Lewis WR
    1 25 Kansas City Chiefs Greg Hill
    1 26 Houston Oilers Henry Ford SEC
    1 27 Buffalo Bills Jeff Burris Ind. (I-A)
    1 28 San Francisco 49ers William Floyd
    1* 29 Cleveland Browns Derrick Alexander

  134. robNo Gravatar says:

    Remember we were always picking late in the rd. because of our record on the field. We act like we’ve suffered so much man !

  135. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Dolphins signed RB Frank Gore to a one year contract.”

    Good for Frank.

  136. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NN comment on Cooper:

    Speaking of guards

    Here’s a quick little film breakdown on Johnathan Cooper. The plays shown are all from the DAL/49ers game this season (looks like he got matched up on DeFo on some plays and Earl Mitchell on a play or two). Just to give people a better understanding of what Cooper brings to the table. In short: as the author points out, he has some aggression to his game, he can get out and move on pulls and screens, and he has strong hands in pass pro. You can kind of see why they think he’s a fit. Hopefully he can be at least serviceable.


    Posted by NinerGang365 on Mar 22, 2018 | 4:17pm


  137. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Cooper’s combine measurements: 6’2″ height, 33″ arm length, 311 lbs, and 10 1/4 hands.

    Is 10 lbs bigger than Isiah Wynn. Why did Dallas let him get away? Salary cap constraints probably. So this FO picked up Cassius Marsh, Sheldon Day, and now Cooper on the cheap.

    We are getting better in a hurry. Are they that close to the cap limit that prevented them from extending and trading him.

    Fromm NN article:

    “Cooper signed with the Dallas Cowboys in January 2017 to serve as playoff depth. After the season, he signed a one-year deal with Dallas, and started 13 games at left guard this past season. He suffered a sprained MCL late in the season and had surgery in January.”

    PFF graded him 35th out of OG, 67 which is a little below average. I see this guy getting better with a stable OL unit. Just needs to stay healthy.

    Draft is still 5 weeks away.

  138. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Cooper has been hurt a LOT. Almost every year IIRC. Healthy he’d be a real upgrade. Not sure he can stay healthy. Have to consider this a “Show Me’ kind of deal.

  139. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lynch talks about Ruben Foster with everything still up in the air.

    The DA has not pressed any charges and it is uncertain that happens.


  140. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Reid has decided that taking a knee might not have been the best thing for his career as he will stop doing that in 2018.


  141. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Cohn site insight on Cooper:

    Antoine says:
    March 20, 2018 at 3:35 pm
    I have a cousin who is a huge Cowboys fan. He told me that Cooper started out slowly but got much better as the season progressed. Said that him being between two really good players in Fredrick and Smith allowed him to play well. Between Staley and Richburg may also allow him to flourish. I expect the team to draft a guard by the end of the 3rd round and let them compete for the starting spots.


  142. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon Smith is at it again. It’s actually funny now.

  143. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    2019 draft prospects. Do we punt on LEO this year in favor
    of better edge rushers next year?

  144. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NN finally had a fanpost on Trent Brown. So let me start with slow walking contract extension. Drafted 7th RD pick 27 in 2015. This is his contract year.


    He is going to get a huge contract after this season. He is too big for ZBS, especially OZ. Shop him now. How much would IND give up in trade to protect Luck. They now have three early 2nd’s after the Jets trade down.

    Can we get one of those 2nd’s?

    He is super in pass pro but below average in run. He will get his best contract with a power gap run attack. He and his agent may hold out for a huge deal.

    Do we take that chance and get a booby prize of a 3rd or 4th RD comp pick the following year. By April 26 he should be healed enough to pass a physical.

    One of Indy’s 2nd’s looks mighty fine to me.


  145. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    By saying hold out I mean drag out any talks while he is playing this season then test FA. Can Gilliam be the bridge RT while rookie comes up to speed. Team on pins and needles with a weekly Jimmy IR Watch.

  146. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong. Breida’s long runs came on Staley’s side.

    Shanahan’s system does not need a power blocking RT of 325 plus lbs. Another Staley is preferable. DC’s have to hold LB’s back worrying about on of our speed back’s breaking a long screen or wheel route as well as containing an OZ run around the OLB.

  147. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve thought about TBrown to the Broncos Bakkentom.
    It was Von MIller who raved about his talent during the shared Practices last season.

    Broncos Pick at 40 would be a great fit for us too.
    They’ve got 40 & 71
    We’ve got 59/70/74.

    Be nice if we could rearrange something with them for TBrown and acquire 40 somehow.

    Let’s remember the Lynch/Adam Peters/Broncos connection too 😀

  148. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t dismiss Indy either in your scenario –
    They’re holding 36/37/49/67

    Again, a good suitor, if there’s interest of course.

    We could benefit from getting back into the 40s to make up for the Jimmy Pick to Bill.

  149. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Crazy trades can happen on draft day. Hard not to be impulsive with secondary players when draft picks are exchanged, just to get the main deal done.

    How about #9 and Trent Brown for IND’s #6 and one or two of their 2nd’s.

  150. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Do the extension first, then make the trade. That gives us max trade value.

  151. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’re ‘connected’ to Denver in terms of ‘business’ associations, which doesn’t hurt.
    I’d certainly like to get back into the 40s whatever way it might happen.
    Denver and Indy make a ton of sense, whether TBrown is involved or not.

  152. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta think the deal Denver made with AZ for Veldheer would solve their need for an OT, at least for the immediate future?
    Anything is possible, until it’s not 😀

  153. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    March 24, 2018 – 8:52 am
    Cards get 6th from Broncos for vet LT … Arizona has acquired a 6th round pick, #182, from Denver in exchange for veteran OT Jared Veldheer. Veldheer has been the Cardinals’ starting LT the past couple of years, but is expected to move to the right side with the Broncos.

  154. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’m gonna turn in my work for the QBs –
    Don’t really care if we Draft one or not but…..Here goes- No particular order involved as I’m clueless how to rate/slot them 😀

    QB –

    Nick Stevens, QB, Colorado St Height: 6-3 Weight: 215 40-Time: 4.85

    Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky Height: 6-5 Weight: 224 40-Time: 5.09 (Ball Velocity 55) (Comp% 62)

    Nic Shimonek, QB, Texas Tech Height: 6-3 Weight: 225 40-Time: 4.88 ( Ball Velocity 55) (Comp% 66)

    Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis Height: 6-3 Weight: 212 40-Time: 4.85 ( Ball Velocity 54) (Comp% 63)

    Brandon Silvers, QB, Troy Height: 6-3 Weight: 219 40-Time: 4.95 (Comp% 64)

  155. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    This move can be done. Brown is cheap this year. Will Vikings be interested. If Lane Johnson switches to LT will Eagles be interested.

    Also could do a player to player trade.

    Just do not give him away. A 3rd comp in 2020 is like a 5th this year, UNACCEPTABLE. Could also trade to a playoff team before trade deadline in October. Even a stud player in a contract year for a player – player trade.

  156. 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