The Virtual Draft

The NFL Draft appears to be on schedule near the end of the month. It won’t have any of the first round players on hand, but Mel Kiper will still be hyperventilating at the camera and you can bet the overdone pomp and glitz that has invaded every facet of the entertainment industries over the past quarter century will still be blaringly present from the more or less empty studios of ESPN.

Perhaps it’s just old age or hopefully a last remnant of good taste that has made the over-glorification factory not at all appealing to me. Nauseating comes close to  describing this phenomena.

For the Super Bowl halftime show, I prefer a nap; for the Draft, I prefer watching the ticker banner on any decent sports internet website.

For the 13th pick in this year’s Draft,  some of you want an OL guy, some a WR. I prefer the 49ers picking a lockdown CB. You rarely find these fellows in the third round, where the Niners have been taking them recently. They come at the top of the draft or blind luck in the 5th round.

Dickhead Sherman is getting old and played a big part in the SB 4th quarter meltdown. The other part of that meltdown was the other CB.

Using that pick to trade down wouldn’t tickle me much. We need depth players less than we need a top shelf guy. If we’re going to send Deforest Buckner packing, we should at least get a star quality guy in the exchange. And CBs have a less severe learning curve in their rookie year than do WRs and OLs.

Just my two cents. Feel free to scoff. In the meantime, let’s hope we can get back to a politics-free zone.

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32 comments on “The Virtual Draft
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    No scoff zone here. Just my view of reality, an opinion.

    CB’s are the most injury prone of any unit on the field. As WR’s get bigger and maintain their speed and quicks, CB’s still the same size. Wait for next year.

    Fill the DeFo gap to maintain the D of last year. IOL to keep Jimmy off the surgery table. WR1 cuz this is the year of abundance in the draft. To me those 3 are higher priority, especially with our draft capital stretched and gasping for air.

    With the other 3 helping, DeFo 2.0 can be brought up to speed quickly. OL coach seems high quality. Life ain’t perfect. Save CB for 1st rd in 2021.

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I would love to be able to grab a 7/8 yr. starter at CB with our 13th pick. But, to me the biggest gambles in the draft are for WR’s and DB’s not only in the Diva categories but also to truly be able to play at the nfl level. The draft is always a gamble no matter what but if you get to pick at 13 and there are quality DL’s or OL’s I think that is the safest bet and they are always needed.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For the Niners the key to the draft is at least 4 QBs being taken before them.

    There are no sure things in the draft Dlineman like Balmer, Manny Lawson , Reggie McGrew and Solomon Thomas were all first round picks. For Oline
    You have your Kwame Harris, Joshua Garnett and Anthony Davis (washout because he quit).
    Even DBs like McQuarters , Eric Reid and and Rumph were wasted picks.

    Wrs are too painful to mention.

    Just draft the right guys and have faith that Lynch will.

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol,lots of classic mistakes without a doubt. I do trust Lynch way more than the other GM’s who picked those guys, even with the Soloman pick One thing truly stands out in that lineup is to not draft Stanford guys in the low first. But, i do remember wanting McCathrey (rb). When it comes right down to it i don’t care who we pick as long as he’s good and not a flake.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What is amazing is the amount of turnover among CBs in the NFL every year. It seems that at least a third of CBs that start are free agents because they are signing one year deals.

    Teams have learned that long term big money deals do not usually pan out.

    Logan Ryan is still out there and probably can be signed for about $8 mil this year.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon Smith might have signed a contract withe Cowgurls but he has yet to serve any of his suspensions so it could be a while before he hits the field and 6 years might have passed which is an awfully long time
    and suddenly he’s an old man.

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Even Saint Bill made mistakes in the draft. Remember James Owen? Rickey Moore? Todd Shell? Blanchard Montgomery? Pepperidge Farm remembers…

    But when you also draft guys like Montana, Lott, Rice, etc. – you get a pass on a few mistakes.

    If Lynch even comes close to Walsh’s track record by the time he’s done, I won’t complain. Last year’s draft was outstanding. Let’s see if he can do fairly well again this year, without drafting so high.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Also remember the DB maestro coach is now CLE DC. A high powered O can help a weak CB unit by keeping a game out of reach.

    Keeping a roster strong with end of round picks sucks. Three quality starters from rds 1 and 2 is a win.

    Wonder what bundling of both 5th’s with two of Breida, Taylor, and Thomas would get us on draft day.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Maiocco

    “The #49ers have 76 players under contract and are $13,916,039 under the salary cap (only the top 51 count against the cap until the cut to 53 players). S.F.’s rookie pool number is $8,162,326, according to, and that will eat up a lot more of cap space”

  10. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I would like something like this to happen.

    The Daily News’ Manish Mehta reports Steelers GM Kevin Colbert proposed that teams should be awarded three extra draft picks to offset any coronavirus restrictions.
    Shoot your shot. The league’s lack of available private workouts and visits to team facilities have obviously thrown some organizations for a loop, forcing much displeasure behind closed doors. While Colbert’s suggestion that a 10-round draft would widen any margin for error isn’t exactly false, it emphasizes some front office’s prehistoric thought processes and pre-draft preparation when forced to evaluate outside the box. April’s draft — a “fully virtual” experience — will undoubtedly result in multiple late-round and undrafted players being impacted by the entire process.

  11. winderNo Gravatar says:

    That would alter the 1st rd decisions.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    “Four current and former 49ers were voted to the NFL’s All-Decade team on Monday: running back Frank Gore, linebacker Patrick Willis, tackle Joe Staley and cornerback Richard Sherman.”

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    A way of increasing cap space is trading Thomas, netting $4.3 mil.

    Have value with Breida, Tevin Coleman, Goodwin. If we play safe and go with vets to replace DeFo (Marcel Dareus and Shelby Harris both for under 10 mil) then CB1/WR1/RG there with the high picks.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rams traded Brandin Cooks to Houston for a 2nd rd pick and a r4th next year. Houston will be Cooks 4th team.

  15. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta love all the dead money the Rams will drag along behind theme too Bullit.
    Snead might be a major asset to us?
    Starting to smell like the 2nd coming of DC Danny and dead money

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Cooks is also one concussion away from retirement as he’s had 7 in his short career. Obrien is an idiot and has no business making trades and being GM.

    I’m curious if he would’ve traded Hopkins straight up for Buckner?
    I would’ve if I were Lynch.

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Kinlaw at #13 , why the hell not.

    Especiallyif a run on OT, WR, and a few QB.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    My opinion is after watching tape on Kinlaw he is not that special that warrants being picked at 13.
    It looks like half of his sacks were when the QB held onto the ball more than 3 seconds

    Kinlaw is better than Ketwan Balmer (who isnn’t?) and I would equate him to Manny Lawson another 1st rounder who had 14.5 sacks in his 5 years with the Niners which was sad compared to his Wolfpack linemate
    who has 97.5 career sacks.

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Learning from the school of hard knocks can be a valuable thing. Lynch has the disastrous waste of draft capital with Thomas and Foster in his first draft. Has to be a searing memory.

    Especially now when high draft picks are harder to come by drafting bottom 5 in each round. Ability to discern football IQ beyond the usual athleticism is critical now. Avoid the Aaron curry and Solomon Thomas types. Better to avoid “potential” in the 1st rd, those gambles can be done in day 2. Will see in 10 days how he stacks up.

    Our holes are DeFo 2.0, RG, and WR1 (Sanders exit). CB1 can wait a year. Like you, let us see what Shon Coleman, Brunskill, and Skule can do before spending draft capital on LT.

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Can we assume a 2nd rd tender on both Breida and Bourne means they are active trade bait? With Bourne and Sanders gone opens it up for Hurd and WR1 draftee.

    Day 1 and Day 2 with trade downs and trades can be very active. If trade downs net us four 2nd rd picks who will be traded to open more roster spots.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Can we read anything into both exits of DeFo and sheldon Day on DL.

    Shanalynch weighing all options. April 23, 24. Can someone get the NSA to tap the phones of ShanaLynch between now and April 24.

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    This song better not be the recap of our draft om April 24.

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From 49erswebzone, funny and a cynic at the same time.

    Apr 13, 2020 at 3:40 PM#23
    Posts: 6,186
    I just want some sexy picks. Tired of trench positions. Get some f**kin skill positions. WR or CB.

    Most dominant Defensive Line in the league and we lost because the refs swallowed the whistle and never called offensive holding. Why? We are not sexy enough on offense. Don’t put up flashy numbers. Don’t have State Farm commercials. Start appealing to fantasy football so the commissioner cuts us some slack.

  24. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Autopsy of the Solomon Thomas pick found this.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed a pair of cornerbacks, bringing back Jason Verrett and Dontae Johnson on one-year deals.

  26. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Those two don’t inspire any confidence at all.

  27. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Verrett is still alive? I thought he was burned to death in Pittsburgh last Fall.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Barrows on Verrett

    “There’s not much risk in letting Verrett compete at this point. If he somehow shakes his long injury history, the 49ers would have a veteran cornerback with an abundance of moxie who is intent on proving himself after a long absence. Verrett is a longshot, but — again — there’s little risk.”

  29. 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