The baseball season began yesterday and today is April Fools Day (don’t say you weren’t warned). For those of us who haven’t died recently, the bleak hours of winter have mercifully passed into history for yet another year. The past two months have been a big ass bummer, to say the least.
The 2011 NFL Draft has finally entered our radar screen and though the top tier players have been pretty much identified, no one seems to know in what order these fellows will be chosen. The ringers are the two QBs — Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton.
Opinions on these two players vary wildly. Some think both of them will be selected in the top five. Others think neither of them will, or neither of them should. The 49ers are in the enviable position of not having to care too much one way or the other. The Niners pick 7th and, minus the QBs, there are about eight or ten concensus elite players at the top of the draft, all of whom would fill a need for the team — either on the D-line, or OLB pass rusher, or CB. If the QBs get selected in the top six, it just means the 49ers will have more of a choice of excellent fellows at the 7 spot.
This makes the 2011 Draft a comfortable one for 49er fans. The fans in Carolina, Buffalo, and Cincinnati are the ones sweating bullets. The guy they choose might very well be a bust, especially at QB, or no better than the guy the Niners choose at a far more reasonable price and far less magnificent expectations.
Marcell Dareus and Patrick Peterson are the two players most probably coveted by the 49ers, but both are likely to be gone by the time the Niners are on the clock. The only top tier player the 49ers would probably not be interested in is WR A.J. Green, so we should all hope somebody in the top six chooses him.
Von Miller is also likely to be gone, and many believe he is going to be a superstar pass rusher. Our own illuminatus, Mr. Berger, remains skeptical of this fellow, however, and these small speed rushers do indeed have a high bust rate. Though 49er fans would probably be thrilled to draft him, caution dictates a hope that he will be drafted by someone else. And he probably will be.
At this moment, I’m getting some strong Robert Quinn vibes as the 49ers selection. There’s nothing scientific, professional, or otherwise expert justification for this vibe. It’s just a hunch. It arrived in my hunch box yesterday afternoon. I didn’t ask for it, it just, like, appeared out of nowhere. The Mighty Quinn. What’s not to like?