Knows To Nose: Pick ‘Em

The 2011 NFL Combine starts today, but in looking at the schedule of events, absolutely nothing of interest will occur until Saturday. Today, Thursday, and Friday, all that will be happening is measurements, physical exams, Wonderlic Tests, and interviews with NFL team personnel. Barring some humorous sub-neanderthal Wonderlic scores, this is a whole lot of nothing, viewing wise.

These days are significant to the 49er coaches, of course, because they get to grill prospective draftees and watch their faces and body language for tell-tale signs of non-ITness or needle marks. They are not going to tell us anything about what they learn, though, so it will be up to spies, informers, and other “sources” to pass along any amusing or enlightening info.

This means that the death defying stupor called February will continue for three more days, and only the threat of March opening its doors will get this miserable month to finally put something on the table for us to eat.

Actually, nothing happens on Saturday, either, unless you’re enthralled by the 40 yard dash times of offensive linemen and tight ends. The bench press results might be interesting, but this is like saying eating popcorn before the movie starts is interesting. IOW, yawn.

So, the much ballyhooed COMBINE WEEK is actually, for fans, only a three day event. Boo. False advertising.

No more than 335 athletes can be processed at any one Combine, so there are probably more coaches and scouts at this shindig than there are players. In fact, this event is probably the biggest day of the year for the coaches’ grapevine.

Thursday is the last day that the 49ers can use the Franchise Tag on one of its players. This tag may or may not be valid without a new CBA, but if it isn’t used by tomorrow, that mayness will be moot. Only Abrayo Franklin and Dashon Goldson have been mentioned in the franchise breath stream, though Goldson may or may not be an unrestricted FA with a new CBA. Basically, if Franklin isn’t franchised by tomorrow night, and he won’t be, the Niners will have until March 3rd to sign him to a new contract or watch him toddle away, leaving a big fat question mark at the nose tackle position.

Letting Franklin walk away would create a bit of a stir in the blogosphere. He was not a very popular or productive player here initially, but has been very valuable the past two years. Ricky Francois got a lot of time at the position during Franklin’s absence from Training Camp last year, but did not particularly distinguish himself in spot duty during the regular season. Moving Isaac Sopoagna to the nose would weaken two positions at once.

This site has no clue how this is going to play out and the beat writers are too focused on clubbing the Alex Smith issue to death to bother discussing Franklin, or giving any insights as to what the 49ers are thinking. Guess we’ll have to wait another week to learn anything. By then, it will be March. And not February.



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7 comments on “Knows To Nose: Pick ‘Em
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The lock-out looms like a nimbus cloud. The draft looms like a nimbus of the halo type. Our NT position has been a dark nimbus cloud since we did not draft Wilfork.
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    Franklin is OK, but that is about it. The unfortunate thing is he is the best we have for now. We must improve this position if we want to be an effective 3-4 defense.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You are pretty nimble with the nimbus this morning.

  3. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve laughed at the Wonderlic ever since “Forrest Gump” (the book, not the movie).

    Forrest is being heavily recruited by Bear Bryant and the Crimson Tide. He needs to acheive a minimum score on the SAT to qualify for admission to the University of Alabama. He explains to the coaches that he’s stupid.

    Their reply? “Don’t worry about the test. Just fill in your name, and we’ll do the rest.”

    CLASSIC student-athlete!

  4. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Skeebs, the AF plight is something that no one (except us) is talking about. . .

    Which is why I think the Niners draft Dareus. Either AF walks and Mr. Bubbles moves to NT, or they sign AF, dump McDonald, and plug in Dareus.

  5. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    What’s the O/U on the number of hours I’m allowed to watch a bunch of young men run, jump and sweat on TV before I should seek professional help?
     
    If I start to have dreams about Mike Mayock, I’ll consider it a sign.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Mayock is saying Quinn could go #1.

  7. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m in for Quinn/VMiller/Peterson/Cam Jordan at this point.

    Have to assume Fairley/Dareus/Bowers to be gone Top 5.

    What could help is Cam Newton wowing someone like Carolina/Buffalo/Cincy to take a shot or, one deals out for someone like Washington or Minnesota.

    Franklin is going to be replaced by several younger DLmen in this Draft, the talent pool is well stocked for 3-4 options this time around.

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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 10
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