Sex and Marbles

Today we get to find out how fast CB Prince Amukamara is and how stiff CB Patrick Peterson is. One of these two, or both, will be available when the 49ers are on the clock with the 7th pick of the 2011 Draft. These two are the cream of the crop of cornerbacks in this draft, and everyone knows upgrading the team’s CB position is close to a MUST.

Amukamara’s speed has been questioned, so a super fast time in the 40 yard dash today will be necessary to remove this doubt and get himself back in the mix as a top ten talent. Peterson is a big guy for a corner, and some have questioned his quickness, suggesting his best position may ultimately be free safety. The Niners do not need a free safety. They need a cornerback.

The 49ers have two, and perhaps three, other glaring needs besides CB. So the choice at #7 could be the first real clue about how Vic Fangio views our current defense. We could take a fat guy here and wave good-bye to Abrayo Franklin. Or we could take an OLB pass rusher here. Or Jim Harbaugh could step in and take a QB or even a WR. Those seem to be the consensus options at pick number seven. For now.

The other factor to be considered regarding a draft choice in the top ten is SEX. Picks in the elevated dud room can be sexy or unsexy. Picking the big ol’ fella to replace Franklin would not be a sexy pick for anybody living north, south, east, or west of Reno. Picking a QB would provoke a storm of blogosphere disapproval. Definitely, the CB and the OLB are the sexiest and most warm and cuddly choices available.

Six franchises will draft ahead of the 49ers, but there are more than six elite players. The pressure is on the Carolina Panthers to pick the best of the elite, but the Niners should have a choice not only between elite players, but also for the position of most need. If I were a Raider fan, this choice would be giving me severe anxiety attacks. But it will be hard for Trent Baalke to botch this one, and he is not likely to, either.

Today is also the day we find out if there is going to be a lockout come Friday morning. The NFL and the NFLPA are regrouping for a meeting that will either show movement toward a new CBA or each side will take their marbles and go home in a huff. Most opinionaters believe the marbles will be scooped up and the stalemate war will commence. It is believed the owners are willing to go to the mattresses all the way into September, if necessary, to force a cave-in by the players. We’re going to get screwed, folks, and it will be 1987 all over again.

This will make the 2011 Draft an even bigger topic than usual, since it would be the only football news for the next two months, and perhaps the last football event for quite some time. Perhaps this sounds like a pessimistic attitude, but we are dealing with suits haggling over money here, and these guys enjoy their game as much as we detest it. The owners forced this issue by opting out of the old CBA two years early and you can bet they are not going to back down now from having things their way. It will be up to the players, in the long run, to fold. Ultimately, they have no leverage and not enough money to stay in the game. Unless they get help from the courts or Congress. Yuck.

A fateful day awaits.

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12 comments on “Sex and Marbles
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Amukamara just ran a 4.37

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Masticate on this, the players are football players and the owners are businessmen. This game is being played on the owners home turf right now. The players are the underdogs but underdogs do win sometimes.
    For me it comes down to this, I am not for the players and I am not for the owners. I am for me, the fan. I don’t care who wins, just give me my football! Get this ting done ASAP, or me the fan loses.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, 4.37 is smoking fast.

  4. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Prince can run 4.37 all the livelong day for all I care. He still can’t backpedal and turn his hips worth a shit. And he runs way too high. Deion Sanders said he was running “high has a kite.” I been known to be high as kite a time or two myself but I wasn’t running at the time.

  5. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    You’ve never run from the man, Dennis? Shit, I can’t count the number of times.
    The kicker to all this is the owners voted in 2008 to make TV revenue available to themselves in the case of a future lockout. So, they’ll get $5 billion even if NO GAMES are played.
    A nice little cushion to fall back on. Yeah, the owners are going full-tilt boogie with this.

  6. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Too funny, Skeebs. Like the Tea party guy holding the sign, ‘Keep the government out of my Medicare’

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Patrick Peterson 4.32 I just don’t see how the hell he lasts till 7.

  8. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, NoVear. Status quo is extorting money? If the status quo was an option, the players would have no problem. The owners are driving the lockout.
    The owners want to take back 15% of the gross profit, add 2 games to the schedule (a defacto additional 9% pay cut), and institute a rookie cap.
    What is the NFL without the players, Skippy?

  9. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Why do the owners want more money, NoVear?

  10. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    A pox on both their houses.

    2 days to an Alex-free zone. This is excruciating.

  11. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    No V, the ‘new’ money generated by the new games isn’t tied directly to player salaries. If Tom Brady’s existing contract calls for $2 mill a game, he doesn’t get a $4 mill raise when the 2 games are added to the schedule. NOTHING is automatic.
    In other words V, if your boss asks you to work on Saturday as well as your usual mon-fri without a pay raise, is that not a pay cut. No, but you are working more for the same pay. Ergo, a de facto pay cut.

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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 10L
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