On Wednesday we learned that the Minshew mania has a chance to come to the Bay Area. We also learn that San Francisco is “running backwards” with the same team that took the field in Week 1 of 2019 as possible. There are no obvious needs on the list, giving the 49ers a chance to select any player at No. 12 overall.
They are in a prime spot to potentially trade lower and another pick from Day 2 that could contribute right away. Before, I thought wide receiver was out of the question early in the draft. Now? Not so much.
2021 NFC West Predictions Too Early After Free Agency
What’s going on: The 49ers have already gotten some key players back, including the big one: left tackle Trent Williams. General manager John Lynch has also come a long way to keep the core together, as the 49ers also signed fullback Kyle Juszczyk, defensive lineman DJ Jones and defensive backs Jason Verrett, Emmanuel Moseley and Jaquiski Tartt. The 49ers are well prepared for the rest of the offseason because there are no obvious needs to be met. Sure, they can improve and increase depth in some positions, but many of the pieces are already in place.
Draft picks: Nine: numbers 12, 43, 102, 117, 155, 172, 181, 194, 230
Prediction too early: 11-5 (first place)
Draft drill recap: 49ers could be looking at defense in Round 1
The probable departure of Richard Sherman It could prompt John Lynch to prioritize finding a top-tier coverage corner during draft weekend.
Patrick Surtain II is essentially the 1A or 1B cornerback, depending on how you view his fellow draft prospect Farley. Perhaps Farley’s surgery will change the decision-making of NFL scouts about who is the best cornerback. Surtain II is the son of three-time Pro Bowler, Patrick Surtain, known primarily for his strong play with the Miami Dolphins. Surtain II is a long, instinctive cornerback who could fit the Richard Sherman mold. It goes back to the question of whether Lynch is willing to finally catch a cornerback in the first round.
Running back Tevin Coleman is the first San Francisco 49ers free agent to join coach Robert Saleh’s New York Jets, source says
Coleman will meet with Jets coach Robert Saleh and several assistants, all of whom left San Francisco after the season. After a few failed attempts over the past week, Saleh finally landed a free agent from the 49ers.
Coleman joins a relatively untested backfield that includes Ty Johnson, La’Mical Perine and Josh Adams, none of whom have rushed more than 511 yards in a season. There’s also a good chance the Jets will draft a running back.
The Jets plan to run the 49ers offense under new coordinator Mike LaFleur, a former San Francisco assistant, so Coleman will be familiar with the scheme.
Run It Back: The Jaquiski Tartt Effect
During yesterday’s press conference, Tartt expressed his desire to bomb more. Examples of Tartt’s impact near the line of scrimmage are evident when watching the 2017 movie. Tartt played in the area much more while offering one-on-one coverage on tight ends.
Jordan Reed has no chance of stopping Tartt in this play. Breaking the line and getting the TFL while standing on the line of scrimmage is awesome. If Demeco Ryans can utilize Tartt’s technique and confident tackling, Tartt’s courage increases and adds another wrinkle to this defense.
The best free agent in the NFL fits the left: Golden Tate for the Saints. Geno Atkins to Patriots. Alex Smith to the jaguars
San Francisco 49ers: Danny Amendola, WR
He’s 35, but he still showed some juice last year as a slot catcher, catching 46 balls for 602 yards for the Lions. Amendola was ranked 26th out of 78 wide receivers rated in rushing yards. He could be a good option for a contending team like the 49ers that is looking for a space option on a one-year contract.