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    Justin Wong has been writing for the 49ers Webzone since 2017 while also running an NFC West blog and podcast called Just The West. Feel free to follow him, or direct any inquiries to @JustTheWest on Twitter.

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  • By Justin Wong
    Apr 14, 2021 at 1:21 PM 2 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 I compiled of analysts' projected picks for San Francisco featured primarily defensive players, but NFL pundits have now...
  • 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 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 Justin Wong
    Mar 24, 2021 at 1:52 PM 1 comment
    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 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 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 Justin Wong
    May 8, 2020 at 8:16 AM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers' 2020 schedule has been released--pending any sort of changes, of course. Games may be subject to change during this particular time with COVID-19; it's possible some games could have little to no attendance or perhaps they will be delayed altogether. Nonetheless, I wanted to give my initial thoughts on the 49ers' schedule. They currently have the fourth toughest schedule (.527) with five prime time games along with some interesting tidbits: The 49ers will face six playoff teams in seven matchups during the upcoming season—the Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, New Orleans...
  • By Justin Wong
    Apr 28, 2020 at 7:30 AM 8 comments
    The 2020 NFL Draft is officially in the books as the San Francisco 49ers come away with five players to round out their draft class. The 49ers entered the draft with two first-round picks and not much else; previous trades for edge Dee Ford and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders gutted their day two picks. Many expected the 49ers to recoup draft capital in the mid-rounds via trade. 49ers general manager John Lynch was certainly active in the trading scene but not in the way most expected. I recognize that instant draft day grades can grow tiresome year-over-year when the true value of these draft picks cannot be fully assessed until after a couple of seasons. However, it's important to understand the context as to why the 49ers drafted these players with respect to team...
  • By Justin Wong
    Apr 25, 2020 at 9:40 PM 2 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 linebacker Eli Harold in 2018 to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a conditional 2020 seventh-round pick. Fast forward to now and with the 217th pick in the NFL Draft, the 49ers select...
  • 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 Justin Wong
    Apr 24, 2020 at 5:15 PM 8 comments
    Could the San Francisco 49ers have another trade up their sleeves on the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft? Julie Donaldson of NBC Sports Washington is reporting possible movement from the Washington Redskins. Sources tell me an NFC team has been interested Trent Williams, it is believed to be 49ers. Makes sense. Kyle Shanahan was w/ the Redskins when Trent was drafted, Joe Staley is 35, want to win now. No deal has been made. Also, does not appear MINN has any interest at this time.— Julie Donaldson (@JDonaldsonNBCS)...
  • 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 Justin Wong
    Dec 31, 2019 at 6:22 PM 1 comment
    With the 49ers up 13-0 at halftime, everything was finally going in their favor; the 49ers had not beaten the Seahawks in Seattle since 2011. Even better, it was the first time in two years the Seahawks had been held scoreless in the first half. The 49ers' defense stopped them on a 4th-and-inches run at the 49ers' 31-yard line with Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch at the helm. Nick Bosa threw Tyrone Swoopes out of the way to stop Marshawn Lynch on fourth down. The broadcast showed Bosa and DeForest Buckner laughing after the play at the idea of blocking him with a tight end....
  • By Justin Wong
    Dec 23, 2019 at 2:54 PM 0 comments
    Down 10-21 in the first half, it certainly didn't go down like the 49ers' first outing in NFL Week 5 against the Rams—but they found a way to win. With less than a minute of play, key catches by 49ers receivers Kendrick Bourne and Emmanuel Sanders made all the difference, as they set the team up for a narrow 34-31 victory. Does Jimmy Garoppolo have the clutch gene? Garoppolo converted on two 3rd-and-16 situations on the final drive of the game. Wild #49ers stat: according to the Elias Sports Bureau, tonight was only the second...
  • By Justin Wong
    Dec 17, 2019 at 2:02 PM 0 comments
    After three intense games against the Packers, Ravens, and Saints, Sunday's loss to the Falcons was a major letdown as the 49ers faltered 22-29 at home. Despite the loss, the 49ers clinched a playoff berth with the Rams' loss to the Cowboys. It's probably not the best way to make the playoffs but... Me, being supremely calm about the #49ers loss to the #Falcons while the rest of...
  • By Justin Wong
    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:34 PM 0 comments
    In what was arguably the best game of the season, the 49ers went head-to-head with the Saints in a 48-46 shootout as 49ers kicker Robbie Gould kicked the game-winner in the waning seconds of regulation. Here are your Week 14 Studs and Duds of the game. The 49ers are now back atop the NFC West division with a 11-2 record as the Seahawks subsequently lost to the Rams on Sunday Night Football. With victories over the Packers and Saints, the 49ers technically have the tie-breaker for the top overall seed in the NFC Conference—albeit the outcome of the final three games of the season. Studs Kyle Shanahan It's rare that a defense allows the opposition to hang 46 points and still come away with a win...
  • By Justin Wong
    Dec 3, 2019 at 4:24 PM 0 comments
    After a narrow loss at the leg of Ravens kicker Justin Tucker with a game-winning field goal kick, here are your Week 13 Studs and Duds of the game. The 49ers now sit with a 10-2 record but have dropped to the No. 5 seed in the National Football Conference, as the Seattle Seahawks, who own an identical 10-2 record, defeated the 49ers in their first matchup and currently stand atop the NFC West Division. The #49ers woke up the #1 seed and go to bed the #5 seed. Life comes at you fast. And also, that just doesn't seem right.—...
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