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    Peter Panacy has been writing about the 49ers since 2011 for outlets like Bleacher Report, Niner Noise, 49ers Webzone, and is occasionally heard as a guest on San Francisco's 95.7 FM The Game and the Niners' flagship station, KNBR 680. Feel free to follow him, or direct any inquiries to his Twitter account.

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  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 27, 2019 at 5:59 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers made former Arkansas Razorback Dre Greenlaw the newest member of the team's linebacker corps after selecting him in Round 5 of the 2019 NFL Draft, No. 148 overall. Turns out, Greenlaw has never been to California. "I've never been to California," Greenlaw admitted on a conference call with Bay Area reporters shortly after being selected by San Francisco. "I've been to Oregon, but never been to California, so I am excited." The Niners' selection process of Greenlaw was pretty interesting. He participated in the 2019 Senior Bowl and reportedly had a lot of contact with 49ers linebackers coach DeMeco Ryans, which led Greenlaw to believe the team was seriously interested. Yet San Francisco canceled a 30-minute meeting with...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 27, 2019 at 3:22 PM 2 comments
    San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch appeared to outdo his predecessor, Trent Baalke, who was scrutinized back in 2015 for selecting former Clemson punter Bradley Pinion in Round 5 of that year's NFL Draft. In 2019, Lynch made Utah punter Mitch Wishnowski the first specialist taken off the board, a full round earlier than Baalke's selection of Pinion. Yet with Pinion departing the Niners for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers through free agency this offseason, at least Lynch had the benefit of not forcibly replacing a perennial favorite, as Baalke did with then-longtime 49ers punter Andy Lee, who was dealt to make room for Pinion. Still, going after Wishnowski in the fourth round seemed questionable, at best. The Niners had taken wide receivers...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 27, 2019 at 1:36 PM 5 comments
    Unless the San Francisco 49ers trade back into the 2019 NFL Draft, general manager John Lynch's class this year will be complete. And his strategy might have been something a bit "out of the box." A year ago, the San Francisco 49ers allowed only 5,546 yards, which was 13th best in the league, yet boasted the NFL's fifth-worst scoring defense. Coordinator Robert Saleh's unit finished tied for 22nd in sack production, with 37 quarterback takedowns, and ranked dead last in defensive takeaways, boasting just two interceptions over the entirety of 2018. Pro Football Focus also ranked the Niners secondary 32nd out of 32 teams after last...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 27, 2019 at 12:51 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers used the first of three sixth-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft on former Stanford tight end Kaden Smith, who might push the veteran, Garrett Celek, for a prime roster spot this training camp. There's a good chance the "Celek Time" moniker has run its course with the San Francisco 49ers. Tight end was one of the lesser needs for the Niners in the 2019 NFL Draft, particularly with the fact Pro Bowler George Kittle is already an established weapon. But the depth behind Kittle is something general manager John Lynch and Co. needed to address. Especially if eventually replacing veteran tight end Garret Celek is in the works. On day three of the draft, Lynch used the No. 176 overall selection on Stanford tight end...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 27, 2019 at 11:38 AM 0 comments
    The Seattle Seahawks have spent NFL Draft capital on wide receivers, which might be necessary with news veteran wideout Doug Baldwin could have played his final down at the pro level. Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has torched the San Francisco 49ers a few times over his eight-year career in the NFL ranks. But according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the two-time Pro Bowler might have played his last downs in the league: At the age of 30, Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin might be unable to play again...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 27, 2019 at 11:01 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers' fourth-round selection of former Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky in the 2019 NFL Draft might have drawn some scrutiny, especially considering he was the first of his position taken off the board and the Niners could have selected a number of other players at No. 110 overall, many of whom were given Round 2 or Round 3 grades by many a draft expert. Yet Niners general manager John Lynch and Co. seemed enamored with Wishnowsky, the Australian-born specialist who drew plenty of attention from area scouts. One of those was Reggie Cobb, who passed away last week. According to...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 27, 2019 at 10:15 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers just used a fourth-round pick to select Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky in the 2019 NFL Draft, which might force some Niners fans to remember when former general manager Trent Baalke did something similar back in 2015. There's a good chance few San Francisco 49ers and pundits will feel pretty good about general manager John Lynch and his staff using a Round 4 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on a punter, Utah's Mitch Wishnowsky. What was @MitchWish's reaction to the news? An inside look at the emotional call with the 110th...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 27, 2019 at 9:34 AM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers traded out of the No. 104 overall pick, moving down to No. 110 overall in a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals that netted general manager John Lynch two additional Round 6 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. One of those sixth-round picks (No. 212 overall) was used to pair with linebacker Dekoda Watson, who was shipped off to the Denver Broncos in exchange for their Round 5 selection, No. 148 overall. News of the deal was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter: Another trade: 49ers trading LB Dekoda...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 27, 2019 at 9:18 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers were slated to use the second pick in Round 4 of the 2019 NFL Draft, No. 104 overall, yet managed to dish off their first draft-day trade this year by sending that selection off to the Cincinnati Bengals. In exchange, the Bengals shipped off the No. 110 overall pick, as well as Nos. 183 and 198 which both fall in Round 6. Cincinnati elected to use the Niners' pick to grab NC State quarterback Ryan Finley, who'll compete to eventually take over starting duties from veteran QB Andy Dalton. The 49ers own four picks in Round 6 now: No. 176 Overall No. 183 Overall No. 198 Overall No. 212 Overall (compensatory) So, if you're excited for sixth-round selections in this...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 26, 2019 at 9:49 PM 4 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers stocked up on wide receivers in Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft, leaving a number of positional needs to be addressed as soon as Round 4, which kicks off day three of the draft on Saturday. There probably aren't too many analysts and pundits who would have predicted the San Francisco 49ers would take wide receivers in back-to-back rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. Maybe one as early in Round 2 and another in Round 6, perhaps. But not in the second and third rounds, consecutively. Yet that's exactly what general manager John Lynch and Co. did, grabbing South Carolina's Deebo Samuel at No. 36 overall and then doubling up with the Round 3 selection of Baylor's Jalen Hurd at No. 67. It's pretty safe to assume the Niners aren't...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 26, 2019 at 7:42 PM 6 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers have already added two wide receiver prospects via the 2019 NFL Draft, South Carolina's Deebo Samuel in Round 2 and Baylor's Jalen Hurd in Round 3. While the Niners failed to produce one 500-yard wide receiver in 2018, they do have a lot of depth. Some, such as second-year pro Dante Pettis, are all but guaranteed spots heading into training camp. As for the rest? Well, it figures to be an awfully stiff competition in training camp. Here's what San Francisco's wide receiver depth chart currently looks like following the team's NFL Draft actions through three rounds: Trent Taylor Jordan Smallwood Dante Pettis Max...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 26, 2019 at 7:07 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers elected to grab Baylor wide receiver Jalen Hurd early in Round 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft. A potential mismatch nightmare, how will head coach Kyle Shanahan deploy him? So much for any predictions the San Francisco 49ers would use their Round 3 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on a defensive back. Instead of going on defense, the Niners went back to back in the second and third rounds, first grabbing South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel and then landing Baylor wideout Jalen Hurd at No. 67 overall. Two wide receivers in a row? Granted, San Francisco didn't generate a 500-yard wide receiver in 2018. But this could seem like quite the...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 26, 2019 at 6:24 PM 0 comments
    After the Arizona Cardinals ended up taking Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, it was only a matter of time before they moved their top asset from last year's draft, quarterback Josh Rosen. It took until late in Round 2 amid buzz the Miami Dolphins were expressing interest in Rosen. Finally, when the Dolphins were about to be on the clock at No. 62 overall, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported during the draft's coverage the Cardinals had moved Rosen to Miami And here we are: The...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:55 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers could likely grab a defensive back in Round 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft after using their first two picks on Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa and wide receiver Deebo Samuel in Rounds 1 and 2, respectively. A prolific pass-rusher and wide receiver turned out to be the San Francisco 49ers' top two targets in the 2019 NFL Draft. General manager John Lynch used the No. 2 overall pick on Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa, then turned his attention to the offensive side of the ball by grabbing South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel early in Round 2 at No. 36 overall. Bosa should make the Niners defense significantly better all around in 2019 and beyond. That said, it wouldn't be a shock to see Lynch go after a quality defensive back when the...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 26, 2019 at 4:44 PM 3 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers just selected South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel with the No. 36 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. A day after grabbing Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa with the second pick, head coach Kyle Shanahan got some much-needed offensive reinforcements, bolstering a wide receiver corps that lacked a single 500-yard wideout in 2018. And with the Niners having already parted ways with veteran wide receiver Pierre Garçon during the offseason, grabbing another physical player makes a lot of sense. There's an argument San Francisco could have been better off with either Ole Miss' D.K. Metcalf or his college teammate, A.J. Brown. Yet the Niners apparently had little interest in the former. And while they met with both Brown and Samuel in the...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 25, 2019 at 9:18 PM 12 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers kicked off their 2019 NFL Draft class by selecting Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick. With Round 1 in the books, who are some players to watch as potential Niners targets in Round 2? Day one of the NFL Draft always gets the most publicity, and it's not uncommon for many a casual fan to tune out after Round 1 is in the books. For the San Francisco 49ers, this round netted arguably the top prospect in this year's class, Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa, who fell into the Niners' collective lap at No. 2 overall following the top-drafting Arizona Cardinals took Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. But drafts aren't won on day one, and the 49ers can look forward to yet another early pick when Round 2 kicks off...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 25, 2019 at 7:57 PM 2 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers' selection of Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa in the 2019 NFL Draft could help transform a promising-yet-underachieving defensive line into one of the most formidable in the league this season. Entering 2018, the San Francisco 49ers defensive line was supposed to be one of the few positions of relative strength. Yet after 17 weeks, Football Outsiders ranked this unit 19th in run defense and 18th against the pass. One should figure that all changes, following the 2019 NFL Draft addition of Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa. Bosa joins a crop of Niners defenders, many of whom are also former first-round draft picks, such as DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Solomon...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 25, 2019 at 7:35 PM 5 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers ended up grabbing Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft despite some concerns over his social media activity. Arguably the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft, former Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa didn't enter the league's heftiest part of the offseason without some controversy. Bosa, whose previous activity on social media has drawn plenty of scrutiny,...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 25, 2019 at 6:40 PM 0 comments
    Just hours before Round 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft kicked off from Nashville, Tennessee, a report from Pro Football Talk suggested the San Francisco 49ers were shopping third-year pro defensive end Solomon Thomas on the trade market. It made some sense, given the Niners were likely to grab a defensive lineman with their first pick in the draft, which ended up being used on Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa at No. 2 overall....
  • By Peter Panacy
    Apr 25, 2019 at 5:54 PM 2 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers grabbed Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa shortly after the Arizona Cardinals took Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray No. 1 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. And this sets up a nice little NFC West rivalry for the immediate future. Before too long, fans will be able to watch the newest member of the San Francisco 49ers, EDGE Nick Bosa, chase around the top pick from the 2019 NFL Draft, now-Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, on Sundays. The Niners benefited from the Cardinals' selection of Murray, essentially letting arguably the draft's top prospect, Bosa, fall right into their collective lap. An elite pass-rusher, Bosa shouldn't have too much difficulty getting some lofty stats right away on a 49ers defensive line already boasting four...
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