• By Justin Wong
    Apr 25, 2020 at 8:40 PM 0 comments
    While NFL Draft pundits and fans alike can give instant reactions to their team's player selections, it's easy to forget that the true value of the picks cannot be fully assessed until after a couple of seasons. Some players become instant starters (Deebo Samuel) while others remain a work in progress (Solomon Thomas). Having said that, I want to pull out the receipts on what draft analysts were saying prior to the draft, along with their player comparisons. With the 2020 NFL Draft now in the books, let's review what various scouting outlets were saying about the 49ers' day three picks. The 49ers traded the 210th pick and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to the Philadelphia Eagles for the 190th in the NFL Draft to select Georgia tight end, Charlie...
  • By Justin Wong
    Apr 25, 2020 at 7:32 PM 0 comments
    While NFL Draft pundits and fans alike can give instant reactions to their team's player selections, it's easy to forget that the true value of the picks cannot be fully assessed until after a couple of seasons. Some players become instant starters (Deebo Samuel) while others remain a work in progress (Solomon Thomas). Having said that, I want to pull out the receipts on what draft analysts were saying prior to the draft, along with their player comparisons. With the 2020 NFL Draft now in the books, let's review what various scouting outlets were saying about the 49ers' day three picks. The San Francisco 49ers traded running back Matt Breida to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for the 153rd pick to select West Virginia offensive tackle, Colton...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Apr 25, 2020 at 11:45 AM 4 comments
    Dear Mr. Joseph Andrew Staley, For all the San Francisco 49ers fans who had the pleasure to watch you chucking pass rushers aside for the past 13 years while donning the red and gold, allow me to simply say thank you. The decision to retire when the team is so close to completing the quest for six must have been difficult. You will find no ill will here. You've been a reliable and stabilizing force on the 49ers for more than a decade. Who can forget the ridiculous block you made in the 2012 NFC Championship game? A game changing block nearly 20 yards downfield! I know you're getting up there in years so I included the play below just in case you don't...
  • By Matthew Mani
    Apr 25, 2020 at 10:30 AM 7 comments
    I need to start this off with a disclaimer: I am writing this with absolutely zero sources or input from anyone in the 49er organization. It is pure, unadulterated speculation on my part. However, if you follow my logic, I believe that my reasoning and conclusions are sound. Ok, now let's get on with it. The 49ers showed this weekend that their front office is perhaps the smartest and most forward-thinking in the league. I say this during the morning of Saturday, April 25, 2020. The Niners have just announced a trade for Trent Williams, the 7-time Pro Bowl left tackle formerly of the Washington Redskins, but whose relationship soured when the team grossly mismanaged a medical issue that he had. On a personal note, my heart is heavy because this almost surely means that Joe...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Apr 24, 2020 at 5:02 PM 5 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers reportedly got their top guy when they traded up from No. 31 to No. 25 in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Head coach Kyle Shanahan stated they had wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk as the No. 1 wideout in the draft class. Yes, No. 1 over Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb or Henry Ruggs III. That may surprise some but you better believe Shanahan is being honest. He is not the type who lies after the fact to talk up a decision and make it seem better. He has consistently told the truth in interviews and is considered to be as honest as they come in press conferences. While the drafting of Aiyuk has a lot to do with improving the offense and giving the 49ers a true deep threat, his ability in another area likely means the roster spot another wide...
  • By Justin Wong
    Apr 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM 3 comments
    While NFL Draft pundits and fans alike can give instant reactions to their team's player selections, it's easy to forget that the true value of the picks cannot be fully assessed until after a couple of seasons. Some players become instant starters (Deebo Samuel) while others remain a work in progress (Solomon Thomas). Having said that, I want to pull out the receipts on what draft analysts were saying prior to the draft, along with their player comparisons. With the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft now in the books, let's review what various scouting outlets were saying about the 49ers' first-round picks. The San Francisco 49ers traded the 31st, 117th (Buccaneers), and 176th pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the 26th pick to select Arizona State wide receiver, Brandon...
  • By Justin Wong
    Apr 24, 2020 at 1:50 PM 0 comments
    While NFL Draft pundits and fans alike can give instant reactions to their team's player selections, it's easy to forget that the true value of the picks cannot be fully assessed until after a couple of seasons. Some players become instant starters (Deebo Samuel) while others remain a work in progress (Solomon Thomas). Having said that, I want to pull out the receipts on what draft analysts were saying prior to the draft, along with their player comparisons. With the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft now in the books, let's review what various scouting outlets were saying about the 49ers' first-round picks. The San Francisco 49ers traded the 13th pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for the 14th and 117th pick. San Francisco subsequently selected South Carolina defensive tackle,...
  • By Matt Holder
    Apr 24, 2020 at 11:56 AM 1 comment
    Benjamin Franklin once said: "In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and the San Francisco 49ers taking a defensive lineman in the first round of the NFL Draft." Okay, maybe I ad-libbed a little the end of that quote, but for the fifth time in six years, the 49ers used their first selection of the draft to bolster the team's pass rush. After trading back one spot, general manager John Lynch decided to find DeForest Buckner's replacement by picking Javon Kinlaw 14th overall last night. While it's unrealistic to expect him to immediately have the...
  • By Jason Aponte
    Apr 24, 2020 at 10:41 AM 1 comment
    The 49ers went into the 2020 draft with two first-round selections at pick 13 and 31. The team moved back one spot from No. 13 in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who selected Tristan Wirfs, the offensive tackle from Iowa. On the board at the time were Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb. Both were interchangeable as the highest-ranked receiver in this draft. San Francisco decided to address the loss of DeForest Buckner with the selection of Javon Kinlaw from South Carolina. While the pick isn't sexy, I'm sure we'll look back on the selection with a glowing assessment. 49ers fans were left wondering which receiver the team would select from this deep receiver class. Could the team wait until 31 to address the position? The answer came later in the...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Apr 23, 2020 at 9:04 PM 69 comments
    Failure. Complete and utter failure. No other words can summarize the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft for the San Francisco 49ers. John Lynch had nothing but opportunity in his hands. When the 49ers received a 4th round pick to move down one spot, 49ers fans had to be overjoyed watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select LT Tristan Wirfs. Warm feelings reminiscent of Lynch's first draft flowed through the 49er faithful, and then, just like that draft in 2017, John Lynch completely blew it. In 2017, the 49ers traded down one spot to select DL Solomon Thomas. He is a terrible player. In 2020, the 49ers traded down one spot, and selected DL Javon Kinlaw to replace DT DeForest Buckner. He is not DeForest Buckner. Kinlaw is a bundle of hope. The 49ers see potential in...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Apr 23, 2020 at 8:43 PM 5 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has to be excited after the team took a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL draft. General manager John Lynch pulled the trigger on a trade that moved the 49ers up from No. 31 overall to No. 25 to take receiver Brandon Aiyuk out of Arizona State. The trade-up is significant. It means the 49ers viewed Aiyuk as a difference-maker. To get to No. 25 the 49ers gave up the fourth-round pick they acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in the draft (No. 117) plus a late-fifth round pick (No. 176). Aiyuk will likely join Deebo Samuel as an outside starter for the 49ers. Like Samuel, Aiyuk is known for his after the catch ability. Aiyuk also has some intriguing athleticism. He ran an unofficial 4.5-second...
  • By Levin T. Black
    Apr 23, 2020 at 7:05 PM 6 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers have traded down one pick in the first round for the second time in four years. This time the 49ers traded the No. 13 overall pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for pick No. 14 and a fourth round pick (No. 117). It is the right move to make regardless of the selection made at No. 14. The 49ers are able to take whoever they would have at No. 13 by trading down one spot while making sure the Bucs selection is not the player. This is similar to what they did in 2017 when they traded with the Chicago Bears. They moved from No. 2 to No. 3 that year and ended up taking defensive lineman Solomon Thomas. While Thomas hasn't developed into the type of player you would expect from No. 3, the trade was absolutely the correct move at the...
  • By Matt Holder
    Apr 23, 2020 at 7:30 AM 3 comments
    It's finally here! The day San Francisco 49ers fans have been looking forward to since February 3rd, the first round of the NFL Draft. Barring any draft day trades, the 49ers are slated to make the 13th and 31st overall selections this evening. General manager John Lynch is widely expected to address two of the following four positions with the picks: wide receiver, cornerback, defensive tackle, and offensive tackle. For San Francisco to get "its guy" in the first round, a handful of dominoes have to fall in place, and the following teams can make or break the 49ers' night. Las Vegas Raiders In the last couple of years, the Raiders and 49ers have been tied at the hip...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    Apr 23, 2020 at 7:00 AM 0 comments
    The NFL Draft has evolved from a hotel conference room event into a sentient being. Instead of a smoke-filled room and chalkboards, the draft is a four-month affair, filled with mock drafts and hours of television content, ending in a room of giant plasma screens and a floor jammed with people. It is and will continue to be a pinnacle life moment for 255 young men who have the distinction of celebrating with family, friends, and a massive global audience. The draft, in its purest form, is more of a Las Vegas-style table game for 32 NFL teams. Key veterans have retired, been traded, or signed with a new team. The free-agent talent has all but gone, and that leaves general managers investing millions of dollars and future success into a lucky handful of...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Apr 22, 2020 at 7:05 AM 0 comments
    In January I wrote that the 49ers were facing a must-win Super Bowl. Scroll through the comment section on Facebook for a variety of jabs towards the relevancy of the article, whether it be the title or the actual content, many thought the idea that the 49ers' window possibly closing was a laughable notion. Yet here we are, fresh off of trading franchise anchor DT DeForest Buckner with trade winds swirling around other key pieces of the 49ers roster. Whether it be big money LB Kwon Alexander, star pass rusher DE Dee Ford, S Jacquiski Tattt in his contract year, and even Shanahan favorite; RB Tevin Coleman. In the fallout of the 49ers Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the main theme coming...
  • By Matt Holder
    Apr 21, 2020 at 8:00 AM 4 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are in a bit of a predicament when it comes to NFL Draft this weekend. While the organization holds two picks in the first round, it won't make another selection until the fifth round with the way things stand right now. With how deep this draft class is expected to be, that's a problem. General manager John Lynch is aware of this issue as ESPN insider Adam Schefter reported that the Red and Gold are listening to offers for picks 13 and 31, and Sports Illustrated's Grant...
  • By Site Staff
    Apr 21, 2020 at 7:05 AM 1 comment
    The NFL is about to have an unprecedented draft format. The commissioner, players, general managers, coaches, and everyone else involved will be conducting business from their homes, as they have been doing for well over a month. There have been no team visits. Only a handful of schools held pro days before the events were shut down. Interviews have been limited to video conferences. That makes it difficult to predict what many NFL organizations will do later this week. But we'll try it anyway. The 49ers Webzone staff was asked to predict what the Niners will do with their two first-round picks. Who will they select? Will they trade down? Writers were free to be as specific or vague as they felt. Below are the responses in the order in which they...
  • By Devansh Mehra
    Apr 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM 5 comments
    With the 2020 NFL Draft approaching at a rapid speed due to the absence of literally anything sports-related, we are in the absolute thick of the mock draft season. Every morning, we wake up to everyone and his mother's new mock draft because everybody is a general manager all of a sudden. Today I'm going to be one of those people. The San Francisco 49ers are in a situation they have not been in since the Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke years. Coming off of a trip to the Super Bowl, armed with two first-round picks and not having an absolutely glaring need, the 49ers have a multitude of ways they could go. The 49ers have a shortage of picks compared to recent years. After No. 13 and No. 31 overall, San Francisco doesn't pick again till the beginning of the fifth...
  • By Matt Holder
    Apr 17, 2020 at 8:06 AM 6 comments
    With the 2020 NFL Draft less than a week away, it's time to take a stroll down memory lane and see how the San Francisco 49ers fared with their first-round picks in the last decade. The 49ers made 13 such selections in the past 10 years, five of which remain on the roster. San Francisco had a wide variety of results from 2010 to 2019, as the list below contains a handful of both All-Pros and All-Duds. 13. A.J. Jenkins (2012 Pick #30) After putting together a senior season during which he totaled 90 catches for 1,276 yards and eight touchdowns and running a sub-4.4 second 40-yard...
  • By Gilbert Brink
    Apr 16, 2020 at 9:28 AM 1 comment
    Mock drafts are meaningless. During a pandemic and living in a state with a stay at home order, you find yourself doing plenty of meaningless things. Just three months ago I sat shoulder to shoulder in a packed bar watching Raheem Mostert score 4 touchdowns and catapult the San Francisco 49ers into the Super Bowl. Ordering pint after pint I enjoyed scanning the crowd and seeing the reactions of my fellow fans, some elated, some disgusted, some just looking to order a dozen hot wings. I, like many of you, deeply miss experiences like this. During tragedy and darkness, we must laugh. Every day we are provided with hundreds of reasons to be terrified, it is important in these times to search for a dozen reasons to smile. With this in mind, I called upon 3 of my very...
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