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  • By Matt Holder
    May 22, 2020 at 8:00 AM 2 comments
    For the last 13 years, Joe Staley has protected the quarterback's blind side for the San Francisco 49ers. He did this at an extremely high level as he was widely considered one of the best left tackles in the NFL for the better part of the last decade. However, as the old cliché goes, all good things must come to an end and the big man decided to hang 'em up about a month ago. Staley will be putting on a gold jacket in about five years, making it difficult for San Francisco to find a comparable successor. However, head coach Kyle Shanahan was able to use his previous relationships to help the 49ers land another future Hall of Famer,...
  • By Matt Holder
    May 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM 6 comments
    When the San Francisco 49ers traded DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts, finding his replacement became an immediate priority. The organization addressed this need by spending the 14th overall selection in the draft on Javon Kinlaw. Fair or not, the Unversity of South Carolina product will constantly be compared to his predecessor. While comparing production at the professional level won't be possible until the NFL season starts, we can still take a look at what Kinlaw and Buckner were able to accomplish in college. Of course, there is no scientific equation that states X amount of sacks as an amateur translates to X amount as a pro, but this exercise will at least provide some insight into how these two compare to each other heading into the league. To...
  • By Matt Holder
    May 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM 6 comments
    With the NFL releasing the schedule on Thursday night, it's time to start making predictions and debating how the season will unfold for the San Francisco 49ers. Of course, a lot can change between now and September - or whenever the season will start - but let's have some fun and take a look at the 49ers' matchups this season. Week 1: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers Prediction: 49ers 24 Cardinals 13 Year two with Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray should be exciting. This Cardinals team made strides towards the end of the 2019 season and the addition of DeAndre Hopkins should help propel the team even further. However, the 49ers are still the better team and should have no problem taking care of business in Week One. Look for Arizona to...
  • By Matt Holder
    Apr 30, 2020 at 1:08 PM 5 comments
    Part of what makes the NFL Draft such a special event is all of the hope and excitement surrounding it. Players get to accomplish their childhood dream of playing professional football, while coaches and fans are exhilarated with what the team's new additions bring to the table. However, there is a dark side to the event. Through the draft and the undrafted free agent market, the San Francisco 49ers added 16 rookies to the roster. With every new face that enters the building, an old one walks out. The exit might not happen until September, or whenever the regular season starts, but...
  • 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 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 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 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 Matt Holder
    Apr 14, 2020 at 8:00 AM 3 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers will have plenty of options with the 13th overall pick, but which players are the best fit at each position of need? The San Francisco 49ers are in a pretty good position with the 13th overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft. Unlike the other teams picking that high, the 49ers have only a handful of pressing needs and a roster that is very close to being complete. With that being said, it's still extremely important that San Francisco hits on its high draft pick as said player could be a key piece in getting the team back to the Super Bowl. Now, the questions arise of which players will be available and who are the best fits for the 49ers? Below is a projection as to who the Red and Gold's top option at each position of...
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