• By Adithya Peruvemba
    Apr 8, 2021 at 1:41 PM 10 comments
    When Jimmy Garappolo arrived in San Francisco in a trade from the New England Patriots in 2017, he was a young, athletic, and skilled quarterback. However, a couple of season-ending injuries later, his value has plummeted. The perception of the quarterback is that of an older, immobile, and inaccurate passer who often makes questionable decisions. Garoppolo's injury-riddled stint with the Niners has caused the entire team to suffer due to below-average backup play leading to mostly disappointing results. After head coach Kyle Shanahan's third losing season in four years, he has set his mind on using the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to select a durable franchise quarterback who can execute his offensive playbook effectively and has the athletic skill set to lead a...
  • By Griff Montana
    Apr 8, 2021 at 6:29 AM 12 comments
    Shockwaves reverberated around the NFL last month when the 49ers traded up with the Miami Dolphins to the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. By giving away its first- and third-round picks in 2022, and another first-rounder in 2023, San Francisco made its mega move in upgrading the quarterback room for its foreseeable future. While the team has maintained a public stance of keeping current quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for this coming season, this trade signified its dissatisfaction with Garoppolo's services, as the 49ers are expected to select his successor with their third overall pick in the draft at the end of this month. Most predict that the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets, who hold the first and second overall picks in this year's draft,...
  • By Justin Wong
    Apr 7, 2021 at 3:18 PM 12 comments
    The 2021 NFL Draft is a three-day event from April 29th to May 1st that will be hosted in Cleveland, Ohio. A select number of draft prospects will be invited to Cleveland to walk across the stage and shake hands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL Draft will also feature draft prospects participating remotely across the country. Last month, the 49ers arguably made their most aggressive move since trading Joe Montana, as they gave up multiple picks to jump from No. 12 to No. 3 in this year's NFL Draft. The first Mock Draft Roundup featured primarily defensive players but NFL pundits have now shifted their 49ers mock drafts to the quarterback position....
  • By Tim Sprinkles
    Apr 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM 2 comments
    When the San Francisco 49ers were drafting at No. 12, there was a lot of speculation about which quarterback might fall and who that might be. The only quarterback who seemed to have a chance to fall to twelve was Mac Jones. However, the 49ers aren't selecting at twelve anymore because they took a huge swing and traded three first rounds picks to move up to pick at No. 3. This means there will likely be three of the consensus top-five quarterback prospects still on the board. This is my case for Justin Fields. Fields is a unique specimen at the quarterback position. Everyone on Twitter wants to pigeonhole Fields into a "type" of quarterback and what he could become in Shanahan's offense. Some say he's a runner who can also throw. Others say he's a slow...
  • By Site Staff
    Apr 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM 7 comments
    Last week, the San Francisco 49ers shocked the NFL world by trading up to the No. 3 spot in this month's draft. There is an overwhelming belief that Trevor Lawrence of Clemson and Zach Wilson of BYU will both be off the board by the time general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan are on the clock. If that is how things play out, what will be their move? We asked the 49ers Webzone staff to predict who the Niners will select at No. 3 overall, should Lawrence and Wilson be unavailable. Below are the responses in the order in which they were received. Justin Wong Justin Fields, Ohio State For the 49ers to aggressively trade top draft capital and move into the No. 3 spot likely means they have one quarterback...
  • By Justin Wong
    Mar 31, 2021 at 11:28 AM 3 comments
    The 2021 NFL Draft is a three-day event from April 29th to May 1st that will be hosted in Cleveland, Ohio. A select number of draft prospects will be invited to Cleveland to walk across the stage and shake hands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL Draft will also feature draft prospects participating remotely across the country. Last Friday, the 49ers arguably made their most aggressive move since trading Joe Montana, as they gave up multiple picks to jump from No. 12 to No. 3 in this year's NFL Draft. In comparison to last week's Mock Draft Roundup, which featured primarily defensive players, the NFL pundits have now shifted their 49ers mock drafts to...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Mar 31, 2021 at 6:00 AM 35 comments
    It's time to address the elephant in the room. Racism has helped Mac Jones' stock and hurt Justin Fields' in the lead-up to the draft. Yes, it really is happening. Now before you freak out, take a breath, and keep reading because I don't mean what you likely think I mean. No, I don't think draft pundits are sitting at their keyboards and purposefully finding reasons to knock Fields while talking up Jones simply because of the color of their skin. That would be what I would call blatant racism or conscious racism, if you will. Racism has more nuance than that. There is such a thing as unconscious racism and every single person in this country has acted on it at one point or another without realizing it. How? Why? Because racism has purposefully been...
  • By Winston Chung
    Mar 26, 2021 at 8:42 PM 9 comments
    Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers are unlikely to have moved up to the number three overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to select Trey Lance or Justin Fields if past behavior predicts future behavior, as social psychology research suggests. Shanahans have been wary of mobile quarterbacks Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator when the Washington Redskins drafted Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and Kirk Cousins early in the fourth round of the same draft, leaving many scratching their head as to why the team would select a quarterback so soon after...
  • By Brian Renick
    Mar 26, 2021 at 9:29 AM 2 comments
    The 49ers have played the 2021 NFL offseason incredibly well so far. They have spent a significant amount of money in free agency, but they have only signed four outside free agents and the rest of the money they've spent has been on re-signing their own players. After officially bringing back nickel cornerback K'Waun Williams on a one-year deal, the team has all twenty-two starters set for next season. It can't be understated how important it is that the front office has been able to use free agency to plug all of the holes that existed on this roster, meaning that it won't be pigeon-holed into finding a starter at a specific position in the draft. I, for one, did not expect the team to be able to pull off the sheer volume of re-signings that it completed, but it puts the...
  • By Justin Wong
    Mar 24, 2021 at 1:52 PM 7 comments
    The 2021 NFL Draft is a three-day event from April 29th to May 1st that will be hosted in Cleveland, Ohio. A select number of draft prospects will be invited to Cleveland to walk across the stage and shake hands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL Draft will also feature draft prospects participating remotely across the country. Below is a mock draft roundup with five weeks remaining until the actual NFL Draft. Each week, I'll pull up five recent mock drafts from outlets and will give an analysis on the pick along with my personal take. Matt Barrows, The Athletic Kwity Paye,...
  • By Chris Wilson
    Mar 23, 2021 at 2:46 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers return the majority of their receiving threats, but the Niners will look to add depth at wide receiver and tight end via free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft. The San Francisco 49ers began the 2020 season with high expectations for their passing game after the team added first-round wideout Brandon Aiyuk and veteran tight end Jordan Reed as additional receiving threats for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Unfortunately, the injury bug ensured the Niners' plans for a repeat Super Bowl run – led in part by a potent offensive attack through the air – never came to fruition. Luckily, the gang is back – save WR Kendrick Bourne – for a second, and hopefully healthier, run in 2021. With a year of exceptional...
  • By Justin Wong
    Mar 19, 2021 at 12:16 PM 5 comments
    The 49ers' front seven has been the team's strength for several years but due to a string of unsurmountable injuries last season, general manager John Lynch will probably look to bolster his pass-rushing assets. The injuries—notably at MetLife Stadium—took a hard toll on the 49ers defensive line. Its typically deep rotation of defensive linemen was quickly sapped with Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, Dee Ford, and Ronald Blair lost for the majority of the season. Losing Bosa was the biggest domino to fall but having Ford out (again) to injury put the team in a real bind. The 49ers streamed through Ezekiel Ansah, Dion Jordan, and Jordan Willis before finding a gem in Kerry Hyder to start alongside Arik Armstead. Hyder finished the season with a career-high 8.5 sacks in...
  • By Brian Renick
    Mar 17, 2021 at 4:24 PM 4 comments
    In an article I wrote back at the beginning of January, I argued that the 49ers must pursue Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson in a trade. I stand by that take, and in light of the moves they've made this offseason, I think it makes even more sense. However, the likelihood that a Watson deal gets done soon is slim, and it's not a guarantee, which is why there is another QB on an AFC South team that the 49ers should pursue right now: Flint Gardner Minshew II, currently employed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. I've been banging this drum, as well as fellow writer Tim Sprinkles, for about a month now. Today, Ian Rapaport reported that the Jaguars have received calls about the famously mustachioed...
  • By Justin Wong
    Mar 14, 2021 at 1:14 PM 1 comment
    The zone-blocking run scheme has been a Kyle Shanahan staple for several years with an emphasis on athleticism in his offensive linemen to highlight the running backs. What could we expect from the offensive line and running backs this season? Regardless of who goes under center, the 49ers only have two starting offensive linemen heading into the offseason with right tackle Mike McGlinchey and left guard Laken Tomlinson. Oft-injured center Weston Richburg is set to retire while there should be an open competition for the right guard spot. Versatile offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill is an exclusive rights free agent and was tendered to a...
  • By Justin Wong
    Mar 13, 2021 at 5:19 PM 4 comments
    With several key defensive backs set to hit free agency, is it time to panic? The 49ers could be looking at a completely revamped secondary this upcoming season. Out of all the key positions on the 49ers roster, the secondary remains the biggest concern. Essentially, the entire depth chart is up in the air with Richard Sherman, Jason Verrett, K'Waun Williams, Ahkello Witherspoon, and Jaquiski Tartt set to become free agents. 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Moseley was a restricted free agent but just signed a two-year deal for $10 million, while strong safety Marcell Harris was...
  • By Brian Renick
    Mar 12, 2021 at 2:53 PM 1 comment
    The 2021 offseason officially starts on Wednesday, March 17th. The "legal tampering" period, which is when teams can start contacting and negotiating with players, begins Monday, March 15th. According to Over the Cap, the 49ers will have $24.85 million in cap space when the league year starts. There are some cost-cutting maneuvers they can make (such as cutting Weston Richburg and Dee Ford) to add roughly $10 million more in additional space, for a total of $34.85 million. Based on the current draft picks the 49ers own, they need $9.71mil to sign their draft class. With all of that calculus, the effective cap space the 49ers have for this exercise is $25.14...
  • By Brian Renick
    Mar 5, 2021 at 2:55 PM 6 comments
    The worst-case scenario for the 49ers this offseason would be seeing All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams leave in free agency. Last offseason, the team sent a 3rd-round pick to the Washington Football Team to acquire Williams, and then restructured his deal to give him a small pay bump and included language in the contract that stated they would not use the franchise tag on him in 2021. Looking at the pending free agents at the tackle position, it's easy to see that Trent Williams is far-and-away the best player available. Williams has stated that he would like to return to the 49ers, which is good news, but he also wants to test the market to determine his value, which could be bad news. There are enough teams flush with cap space, even with a cap-tightened season, and a need...
  • By Tim Sprinkles
    Mar 4, 2021 at 7:00 AM 6 comments
    Where there is smoke, there is fire, and there has been a ton of smoke coming out of Santa Clara concerning the 49ers, their quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and the future of the two together. Don't get me wrong, the most likely scenario for who starts under center for the 49ers in 2021 is Jimmy Garoppolo, but GM John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have made it clear that they are open to upgrading the position and moving on from Jimmy G. If the 49ers do move on from Garoppolo, they shouldn't look to mortgage the future by trading a haul of picks to move up into the top 10 or even top 5 for a quarterback. They should pick No. 10 from Alabama, quarterback Mac Jones, if he falls to the twelfth pick in the 2021 NFL draft. Mac Jones is rapidly moving up the boards...
  • By Chaz Inouye
    Feb 20, 2021 at 10:40 AM 0 comments
    If one scoured across the internet and 49ers' social media you would see that quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, is the most polarizing and debated topic discussed. Garoppolo has been the starting quarterback since the end of the 2017 season, but missed most of the 2020 season with an injured ankle and was only able to complete two games in 2018 due to a torn ACL. There are other reasons why people want a change at quarterback, but his health seems to be his biggest concern, which is valid. However, Jimmy Garoppolo and his injuries are a microcosm of the 49ers' major issue: their overall team health. Garoppolo would be the poster child for this concern as he plays the most important position on the field, but his injuries, along with those to other significant...
  • By Don Atkinson
    Feb 19, 2021 at 4:44 PM 5 comments
    Winston Churchill once said, "There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction." This is so in football, as much as in everyday life. With a slew of free agents, a tight salary cap, and roster questions at many key positions, the 49ers are indeed about to change. Nowhere is that more true than at the quarterback position. Rumors suggesting the release of 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, a blockbuster trade for Houston's star quarterback Deshaun Watson, and a host of potential free agent signings have swirled since the close of the team's 2020 season in January. Nothing yet has happened, and in fact it may not any time soon. But ready or not, the NFL draft is approaching, and 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch will...
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