A week after the Draft, and opinions are running the usual gamut. The glass-half-full guys are focusing on all the good reports, tape, and upside of the drafted boys. Feeling justified in their optimism. The glass-half-empty crowd see the foibles and weaknesses of the same said boys. They feel their skepticism is equally legitimate.
And there’s a third group, fairly new to the blogging arena, that has such disdain for our meddling, spineless, back-stabbing owner that rooting for the 49ers has become a tough deal. Also tough, is caring about the league of players in general during their prolonged middle-finger salute to the country and the league that made them rich and relevant.
The first two groups will be validated or not come September, blood on the tracks during the wait or not, but the third group will not be so easily mollified by a few more wins or losses.
The 2018 season will be defined almost entirely by Jimmy Garoppolo. Without him, this current club is not much better than last year’s 1-10 edition.
The 49ers have exchanged Trent Brown at right tackle for rookie first rounder Mike McGlinchey. That might be a long term upgrade, but in the short term, it’s probably a downgrade.
They’ve definitely upgraded at center, with Weston Richburg replacing the mediocre Dan Kilgore. RB Jerick McKinnon will also likely be an upgrade over Carlos Hyde.
But rookie LB Fred Warner will not be an improvement over a suspended Reuben Foster. And it will be a surprise if detested ex-enemy Dickhead Sherman proves to be an improvement over any of the CBs that worked across from Ahkello Witherspoon last year.
Second round pick Dante Pettis is this year’s biggest question mark. Will he be a home run hitter, a marginal improvement over Trent Taylor, or a complete bust?
But no matter how any of these upgrades/downgrades pan out, it will still all come down to Garoppolo.