Rim Shot

So much foreplay, so little roar.

As expected, the 49ers used the second pick in the 2019 Draft to select pass rusher Nick Bosa. On Day Two, they picked a small, quick WR (Deebo Samuel) and a big, tall WR (Jalen Hurd). The third day was all special teams, inactives, and practice squadders.

Ho-hum comes to mind.

The team now has a glut of D-linemen, WRs, and RBs. The LBs are passable, with decent depth. But the O-line is still weak and the secondary was historically awful last year. Neither group received any help in the draft.

Apparently, John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan think that Bosa and offseason acquisition Dee Ford will enhance the pass rush so much that the secondary will be vastly improved this year as a result. They couldn’t be any worse, certainly, but it’s a stretch to think they’ll improve much beyond mediocre.

All in all, this is not a draft that will push the team into the SB conversation, nor is it a draft that will talked about reverently in the future. But it might be good enough to get the Niners into the playoff hunt, if Bosa and Ford live up to their hype and one of the WRs actually makes an impact.

Of course, the return of Jimmy Garoppolo might help, too.

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57 comments on “Rim Shot
  1. robNo Gravatar says:

    Wow , easily my favorite pick has to be Mitch Wishnowsky !

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Greenlaw, Shule and Harris are relatively obscure choices not listed in draft guides or lists. They could be what used to be called “sleepers” so we shall see.

    Pats took punter Jake Bailey a round after Niners took Wishnowsky so Niners had apprehension that if they didn’t take another team would sneak in.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    By the time the draft got here my brain was already desensitized with all the crap that surrounds it. Whether we did good or not only time will tell.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Amen, Winder. The more the NFL becomes a spectacle, the less it entertains as a sport.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Over 400,000 people attended the Draft in Nashville.

    If they had it in the Bay Area it would be fun to attend as a football fan.

    One good thing is it’s free.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco on OT draftee Skule

    “The measurable skills and athleticism were not enough for Vanderbilt offensive lineman Justin Skule to earn one of the 337 combine invitations. But the 49ers had him ranked as one of the 184 players on their draft board.

    According to Pro Football Focus, Skule was in pass protection for 473 snaps last season. He allowed only one sack the entire season, and that was against Kentucky’s Josh Allen, who led the nation with 17 sacks and was the No. 7 overall selection in the draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    “It wasn’t always beautiful, pretty, but [he’s the] kind of a scrapper who at the end of the play was on his guy and won his leverage at a very high rate,” Lynch said. “And, so when you find those guys, you look at the level of competition. Well, his level of competition was as good as it gets in college football.”

    Vanderbilt plays in the SEC. Skule will compete against veteran Shon Coleman for the job to serve as the backup to offensive tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey”

    Could be a project like Trent Brown was a few years ago

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    After the euphoric hangover is gone, overall draft is underwhelming. Expected more, good high position in first 4 rounds.

    Bosa put the icing on the cake for a successful DL makeover. Will be elite from day 1.

    Basically had our pick of entire WR pool with Samuel pick and Hurd choice still had better alternative WRs. Shanahan puts top value on versatility. ARI got Isabella and Butler. Who got the better deal here. Do these two picks spell the end of the Juice experiment.

    Shanahan got what he wanted. Have to trust him here. Do these receivers show KS does not want to rely on Jimmy G’s long ball?

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners just cut the following from their roster

    •WR Steven Dunbar Jr.
    •DB Godwin Igwebuike
    •CB Tarvarus McFadden
    •LB James Onwualu
    •WR Jordan Smallwood
    •P Justin Vogel
    •S Terrell Williams Jr.

  9. winderNo Gravatar says:

    You can bet Vogel saw that one coming.

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Set to compete for playoffs this year. Jordan Matthews can be a WR1 for us. Injured 2017 and came back with Eagles last year. With a potential high octane passing attack this guy can reignite his career here.


    Above has his combine stats 6’3″ 212 with WR1 speed and hops.

    Maybe NJ knows more, was in his backyard 2014-2016 and 2018. Reason for low output last year?

  11. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The biggest thing right now is Garropolo’s health and confidence level. If he plays like he did at the end of 2017, we’ll be capable of at least being in the conversation for a wild card. But that’s not a given. Also DCs will be looking hard at how to stop him. That was what wrecked Kaepernick, even before his kneeling drama. He stopped growing as a QB, and DCs figured out how to stop him. Jimmy G will find that to have success going forward will be a constant battle and work in progress.

    Team still has enough holes to preclude a Super Bowl run this year IMHO.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m hoping the addition of Welker will provide some spark for the tempo with these WRs.
    Seems like our WR Coaching has been just as lacking as our talent level.
    Hurd is a project as a RB turned WR.
    Over-Drafted IMO. We’ll see….
    Not to worry though, our Training Staff is State-of-the-Art now.
    Fresh from the NHL too. Hat Trick!

    What’s next? Happy Gilmore?
    “Hey, why don’t I just go eat some hay, make things out of clay, lay by the bay? I just may! What’d ya say?”

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hurd was a surprise and I too was a big fan of Hakeem Butler.

    Hurd started at rb at Tennessee ahead of Kamara and gained 1200 yards.
    He had another growth spurt and at 6’5″ outgrew the position as there are no tall RBs in the NFL above 6’2″ so he transferred and moved to WR and had success considering the change.

    I see him as the big receiver or in a year or two putting on 15 lbs and becoming a “joker” TE.

    In the coming season they might use him use him as the short yardage back when they need 2 yards.

    Scouting report


  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kaden Smith in 6th round was a good pick.
    Some had him projected as a 2nd round pick.

    Dropped because he ran a slow 40 at the combine.

    If he is in between Zach Earst and Coby Fleener in production, the Niners got a steal.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I sorta thought Hurd might’ve been a TE conversion project until Smith was selected.
    Hard to figure why both?
    Not happy that a FS/CB wasn’t more of a priority TBH.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I think Shanahan favors multiple TE sets where he can sneak guys out. Smith was a value pick in 6th round.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    No surprise:

    “A power struggle could be coming with (John) Lynch and chief deputy Adam Peters on the outs, and (Kyle) Shanahan looking for his own personnel man to run the draft and free agency.”

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The shared power dynamic doesn’t work. Jed should get a clue.
    If they can’t get along then it’s goodbye to Lynch.

    If we learned anything from the Harbaugh era, GMs are easily replaced but good coaches are hard to come by.

  19. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Where did you see that I can’t seem to find any info.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The source of the story is Matt Miller.

    Matt Maiocco is questioning why Matt Miller put this out there saying he has seen no evidence of it.

    Perhaps we need a second source or Miller is just trolling.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Source is Matt Miller from Bleacher Report

    Here is the story from Niners Nation


  22. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- thanks for that. I guess we just have to see. I think KS has screwed up just as much as Lynch as far as the draft goes. Someone must be whispering in his ear because Peters came with credentials. Lynch is raw in the game but so would anyone just starting out. Anyway, division in the FO is not a good thing.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Kyle Shanahan’s response: “Complete B.S.”

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So Lynch wants to draft Joe and Shanahan wants to draft Steve.

    It becomes a heated discussion and that’s the nature of the beast.

    There will always be friction and disagreements. It’s how they handle it and move on and not hold it against the other guy if things don’t work out as expected. Once they stop being partners and a team is when there will be problems.

    Winning would be the deodorant here.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Matt Miller from Bleacher Report better find a new team to cover.

    Not sure if he’s welcome unless he prints a retraction or admits he’s a troll.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    WE don’t know who is telling the truth here. Obviously, Shanahan had to deny it, so that doesn’t prove anything. I do doubt that Miller just made something up out of the blue. Somebody leaked something to him.

  27. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I’d not worry about this at all – except that I remember Jed York is the captain of the ship.

    That family could frak up a wet dream.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    49ers waste no time and sign fourth round pick (110th overall) – punter Mitch Wishnowsky has signed his four year rookie contract.

  29. winderNo Gravatar says:

    We are taking our time with the UDFA’s this year most teams already got theirs. Last year we had em within a day or two after the draft.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Greg Cossell on Tolbert and Lund regarding draft. Has very interesting things to say about WRs drafted by Lynch


  31. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Thanks for that list.

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Raiders off to a good start: “RB Isaiah Crowell tore his Achilles during a workout with the team Tuesday and is out for the season.”

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Today starts the rookie minicamp, a chance to see the drafted players and undrafted FAs.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Scot McCloughan’s take on the 49ers’ top three picks:

    Nick Bosa: Good, not great. Quinnen Williams would have been better.

    Deebo Samuel: Slot receiver/returner. Zero in common with Pierre Garçon.

    Jalen Hurd: Doesn’t want to block. Not comparable to Delanie Walker.”

  35. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckle. Exactly how many quality pass rushers and wide receivers did Scotty draft during his tenure here in SF?

    IIRC Manny Lawson turned out to be a run stopper with little talent for getting to the QB.

    IIRC we soldiered on with some pretty crappy retread free agent receivers because we never got anyone good in the draft.

    And, just to be blunt, let me *Laugh in Kentwan Balmer*.

  36. winderNo Gravatar says:

    He may just have a point with Williams in the long run. Time will tell. During his years here our QB situation was pretty bad and without a good one nothing really works. I think he still holds a little grudge against us. I think Patrick Willis was his crown jewel.

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:


    Frank Gore
    Justin Smith
    Ray McDonald
    Ahmad Brooks
    Parys Haralson
    Delanie Walker
    Vernon Davis
    Joe Staley
    Dashon Goldson
    Michael Crabtree

  38. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    No 5y yr option for Garnett. Cannot blame it mostly on injuries. AA got a 5th yr despite his 2nd and 3rd yr mostly injured.


    Read his conclusion. Despite no improvement of OL in pass pro through the year Garnett did not get in until Tomlinson injured last game. Strongly looks like last year even when he got healthy he was the 3rd OG on team. Shanahan did not see enough ability to give him serious time to evaluate in game conditions.

    Read comments. Shanahan puts more emphasis on OZ blocking to get run success opening up play action. So a healthier RB crew with Coleman added to get OZ clicking is more important than better OG in pass pro.

    Have only so much draft capital so choices are made. Shanahan made his. Alternative choices made by Ballard at IND.

  39. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Gore is probably his best if I had to pick just one. Picking up Justin Smith was also top grade. Joe Staley has been the backbone for us a long time. He did give us the ammo to get to the Harbaugh years.

  40. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, he was usually good at finding linemen. Just not pass rushers.

    I always thought Crabs was Singletary’s idea, TBH.

  41. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I dunno Grump, we had Jimmy Hat as our OC and he was definitely 3 yards and a cloud of dust. Then on 3rd down Smith would roll right and throw it out of bounds. you could almost book it.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Deebo meets the media


    He says he patterns his game after Anquan Boldin and Golden Tate.
    I think the best WR in the league is Deandre Hopkins who doesn’t get the notoriety he deserves.

    Jalen Hurd meeting media follows

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Ha ha ha: “Former 49ers OT Anthony Davis, the 11th overall pick in 2010, seeks reinstatement after more than two years away from football.”

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Does the rights to Anthony Davis belong to the Niners?

    What a dumbass, the money isn’t so easy to come by in the real world is it Anthony?

    Maybe Lynch can trade him for 2 Happy Meals.

  45. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yep, the Niners hold the rights to Davis. Good luck with that. Thank God Baalky isn’t here.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners open rookie minicamp today, they now have 6 of 8 draft picks signed. They announced signings of WR Jalen Hurd, LB Dre Greenlaw, TE Kaden Smith, OT Justin Skule and CB Tim Harris today. P Mitch Wishnowsky signed earlier this week. Only Amuel and Bosa remain unsigned.

    Undrafted Free Agents signing are

    LB Azeez Al-Shaair
    S Demetrius Flanniigan-Fowles
    DL Jamell Garcia-Williams
    DL Kevin Givens
    S Cameron Glenn
    WR Malik Henry
    TE Tyree Manfield
    WR Shawn Poindexter
    G Ross Reynolds
    QB Wilton Speight

  47. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From the Cohn zone, article on Hurd with this comment.

    Rebuild A Winner says:
    April 26, 2019 at 8:24 pm
    It’s so funny to me that Grant doesn’t understand why the Niners haven’t gone corner. It’s quite simple. They committed to Verett for this year. Second they like Witherspoon and Moore for the future. They believe you cannot truthfully judge a secondary without a pass rush. You would think you would understand that. Do people not remember the outcast of players the Niners secondary had under JH. Rodgers, Witner, T Brown and Dashon Goldston. Those guys were all average at best. 2 of them Rodgers and Witner were considered busts on there previous teams. But they came to SF and turned there career around because of the front 7 that made them look good. That’s the truth!

    Niners needed talent at Wr. They achieved that. Now there Wr room is set. There RB room is set. Work on some more depth and with some injury luck this team challenges the Rams for the division. Book it!

  48. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Two big WR that can move, Jordan Matthews and Hurd. Jimmy G had trouble last year finding receivers that could seperate. Had to hold on to the ball too long to locate an open WR. Especially the Lions game.

    Shanahan is trying a fix with Samuel, Hurd, and Matthews. Got good looks working with the day 2 picks at the Senior Bowl.

    Got Bosa and stayed away from a pointless DB churn. Like this draft a lot. Jimmy basically part of 2018 draft. Lynch and Peters did well, again.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last season the Niners managed to rank 13th in rushing and 15th in passing. With Jimmy G back, the addition of Coleman, and debut of MacKinnon and a healthy Breida promises an improvement on the 4.5 yds per carry on the running attack.
    The passing attack should rise to top 10 or even top 5 status with Jimmy G back and kittle coming off his record setting year, with Pettis having a year under his belt and the rookies with Matthews, Goodwin and Taylor complementing them.
    Shanahan’s offense is potentially explosive and something to look forward to.

    Last year at this time we were having Foster and his suspension dominate the discussion here and he was the big unknown. It’s good not to have distractions.

  50. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    As Garoppolo goes, so will we. If he is all the way back with no issues and has the success he had in 2017, we’ll probably be a wild card team. If something goes wrong there, it’ll look a lot more like last year.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Agreed the team will only go as far as Jimmy G will take them.

    Jimmy G was injured on a fluke non contact play last season in case we forgot. I’m sure Jimmy will choose to step out of bounds this year.

  52. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Just posing a question to the blog. Is Shanahan hedging?

    Oline pass pro is a necessity for longer developing pass plays. Such as QB/OC using a vertical passing attack. More use of power-gap run blocking allows larger OL with quick feet to better handle bull rushing along with edge benders. Perfect example is IND and their bigger Oline being #1 in pass pro last year.

    Different scheme entirely is Shanahan OZ and 2.5 second pass release for short to intermediate patterns. Runs in space and on all downs intermixed with play action keep the pass rushers at bay. This accommodates the smaller OL needed for OZ.

    To pull this off the QB and skill players have to be in sync including adjustments post-snap and precise route running so Jimmy knows where and when targets are open. If executed well then OL holding pass blocks beyond 2.5 seconds not critical.

    Two entirely different schemes. Watch IND and SF and see the difference from week to week.

  53. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The hedging? Jimmy is not the same in the long passing game where accuracy and stepping into throws not as good versus his short and intermediate game.

    OZ runs in space, unpredictable run vs pass choice, and well executed fakes and play action off runs minimize the need for a long passing attack. Shanahan’s scheme and play construction hides our QB’s potential weakness.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    IMO West Coast Offense is based on YAC. Look at Kittle’s catches last year and the ball is in the air usually 10 to 25 yards at most and the rest is YAC.


    If you want to start chucking the ball 50 yards downfield it means you have to hold the ball for 5 plus seconds since most guys run 4.5 40’s. You risk sacks, put your QB in harm’s way for big hits and have less than a 50 percent chance of completions.

    Short to intermediate passing game is the bread and butter of the WCO and the way to go.

    Last year with a depleted RB depth chart they still were able to rush 4.5 yds a carry which will only make the passing offense more effective.

  55. 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