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The 49ers Picked Solomon Thomas & Reuben Foster In The First Round Of The #NFLDraft

Most mock drafts had the San Francisco 49ers taking Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas at No. 2 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Those drafts were wrong, because the 49ers DIDN’T take Thomas … until No. 3 overall, a whole pick later after they traded down with the Chicago Bears.

That’s right, the 49ers took the player most expected, and they did it after earning an extra 2017 third-round pick, 2017 fourth-round pick and a 2018 third-round pick. But they weren’t done there, sneaking back into the first round at No. 31, where they grabbed linebacker Reuben Foster of Alabama. – Niners Nation

Epic Success!

Fans usually have two emotions following their teams fist round picks in the NFL Draft: elation or depression. It’s very rare to finish up round 1 and have a level headed opinion of the players your team just got, and that’s why I went with the elated GIF above. Solomon Thomas was the name most scouts and draft analyzers were throwing around for the #2 pick the 49ers were holding onto, but John Lynch and co. threw everyone a curveball at the last second. While they ended up selecting Thomas, they did so at #3 and orchestrated a trade with the Bears that netted them two later round picks this year and a third round pick in 2018. The Bears moved up a spot to grab Mitchell Trubisky and the 49ers took Thomas, but Unpredictable John wasn’t through yet.

Lynch made another trade, this time with division rival Seattle. The 49ers traded the Seahawks the #34 pick in the second plus the #111 pick in the fourth round to move up three spots to #31 in the first round. They selected Alabama LB Reuben Foster with that 31st pick, who could end up being the steal of the draft. While the 49ers still have some holes to fill on offense, I’d rather play with Hoyer/Barkley at QB and Garcon/Goodwin/Kerley/Robinson at WR than trot out a defense that made no upgrades from last year. I’m not expecting magic from a team that finished 2-14 last year, but it’s clear that Lynch and Shanahan have a vision for this team and are doing everything possible to get the right pieces in place. Plus, we left round 1 with one more pick than we had going into the night.

As far as the two picks the 49ers did make, here is how they’re described over on 49ers.com

Round 1: Pick 3 – Solomon Thomas DL, Stanford

Thomas, (6’3, 273) is regarded as one of the top pass-rushers in this year’s draft. This past year, Thomas was named first team All-Pac-12, third team All-American and won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Thomas started all 13 games totaling 62 total tackles, 14 for loss, and 8.5 sacks.

Round 1: Pick 31 – Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

A unanimous first-team All-American and All-SEC pick. Foster, (6’0, 229) was named Butkis Award winner as the nation’s best linebacker. He was named MVP of the SEC Championship Game against Crimson and finished 2016 with 115 tackles, 13 for losses, and five sacks in 2016.

P.S.

Hey Goodell, talk much? You’re reading off a goddamn card. Foster shouldn’t give you that much trouble to say. And if you don’t think I’m starting up a fan club called The Cake Froster’s that dresses up as pastry chefs for every 49ers game then I guess you don’t know me at all.

-Ryan

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Carlos Hyde & The 49ers Spun Their Way To An Impressive Victory Over The Vikings Last Night

The 49ers have not had a great offseason. Players retired, were traded or straight up released, and if it wasn’t a career threatening injury sidelining a key player, it was a bonehead move in their personal life. It remains to be seen what kind of team the 49ers will be this season, but if last night is any indicator, they’re going to play hard for 60 minutes, and that’s all you can really ask. While the defense shut down Teddy, AP and the rest of the Vikings offense, the night belonged to Carlos Hyde. With Reggie Bush already sidelined after only two carries, Hyde took over the game. He bulled people over when he had to, but by far the prettiest play of the night came on his first touchdown run. Hyde took the handoff from Kaep and started towards the right sideline. When that was shut off, he spun around a defender and headed toward the left sideline, scoring his first of what are hopefully many TD’s this season. It’s virtually impossible to have the personnel/coaching turnover the 9ers had this offseason and not be a different team, but it’s tough to not love what you saw last night. They travel to Pittsburgh next week, and if they can put the same amount of pressure on Big Ben, I like their chances.

-Ryan

The 49ers First Ever Alternate Uniforms Are Fierce As Hell

Everyone on our team, including the coaches, might be retiring or going somewhere else, but at least we got some cool ass uniforms. To say the 49ers are in the middle of a transition would be an understatement. The heart and soul of their offense AND defense are gone; the best coach they’d had since Bill Walsh is gone; but hey, they have alternate uniforms for the first time in history and they look pretty badass. I always look on the bright side, but it’s tough to expect much from a team that lost so much, who now have a first year head coach trying to get them back on track in a brutal division that is only getting better. Maybe the 49ers know this too, and they figured if they’re going to down, they’ll go down looking snazzy as hell.

– Ryan

24 Year Old San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Chris Borland Is Retiring From The NFL

NFL – San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, one of the NFL’s top rookies last season, told “Outside the Lines” on Monday that he is retiring because of concerns about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma.

Borland, 24, said he notified the 49ers on Friday. He said he made his decision after consulting with family members, concussion researchers, friends and current and former teammates, and studying what is known about the relationship between football and neurodegenerative disease.

“I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health,” Borland told “Outside the Lines.” “From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.”

Borland becomes the most prominent NFL player to leave the game in his prime because of concerns about brain injuries. More than 70 former players have been diagnosed with progressive neurological disease following their deaths, and numerous studies have shown a connection between the repetitive head trauma associated with football, brain damage and issues such as depression and memory loss.

As a 49ers fan, this a tough blow, especially considering the retirement of Patrick Willis and the impending retirement of Justin Smith. Other than that, this is a very smart move. As a soon to be 27 year old, I can relate to Chris Borland here, and that’s not something I can usually say about a fantastic football player. But the research is there. Concussions, and brain trauma in general, is a very real thing that is heightened when you play a contact sport like football. Chris Borland is a lot of things, and a football player with a bright future is definitely one of them, but most of all he’s a guy making an educated decision based on his own and other’s research. As Tyler Moorehead pointed out on Twitter, Borland has given reitrment some thought for awhile now:

There’s a reason Jake Locker retired at 26 and now Chris Borland is retiring at 24. It’s clear that my generation has a different mindset when it comes to football, and the one thing I hope people don’t take away from this is that people like Locker and Borland are less passionate than the generation of players before them. They care about their futures, and to be quite honest, if I played the same sport as a guy who shot himself in the chest so doctors could examine his brain, I’d be a little concerned about my future too. The older generation of football players, and people in general, used to say to ‘suck it up and play the game’, worry about the repercussions later. That is now a foolish and outdated point of view. Football is fun to watch, but it’s clear from the actions of Roger Goodell and those employed by him that the actual player’s safety is the least of their worries. For every rule change that prohibits hits to the head there’s something to make up for it, like having your players play on a Thursday after a Sunday and not giving them enough time to recover from such a grueling game. The same goes for the proposed 18 game schedule we hear every offseason; Roger Goodell and his owners care about money, plain and simple. I’m glad guys like Borland and Locker are realizing that and are taking themselves out of the game before it’s too late. Being known as a great football player isn’t worth your future anymore, and that’s a very good thing.

– Ryan

Every San Francisco 49er Is Either Retiring, Playing For Another Team Or Getting Arrested

WHYThis may be remembered as Black Monday for the 49ers, the day the team’s most important leaders — its heart and soul — left the building, while the bad news kept pouring in.

It started with the revelation that beloved running back Frank Gore was planning to leave the team as a free agent. That was quickly followed by a report that defensive end Justin Smith is planning to retire, although Smith has indicated a final decision will wait until next week. That’s not surprising, considering “Cowboy” will be 36 years old next season.

And, by the end of the day, another stunning report: Fullback Bruce Miller was arrested for domestic spousal abuse last week, the latest in a parade of 49ers to appear on police blotters.

If that weren’t enough, left guard Mike Iupati, a three-time Pro Bowler, plans to sign with Arizona when free agency begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

It was a day of shock waves. The team’s fans, still trying to process the upheaval that occurred when head coach Jim Harbaugh departed at season’s end, were left reeling.

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Remember two years ago when the 49ers were in the Super Bowl, one win away from a Championship with their super talented quarterback, dominate defense and superb head coach? I do, because apparently that’s all 49ers fans are going to have to hold on to now that their coach was forced out of town, their quarterback is more concerned with arguing with Twitter trolls then becoming a better player and their entire defense is retiring or signing with other teams. The Patrick Willis news really hurts the most. I knew Harbaugh was gone, I knew Gore was most likely gone, I knew Justin Smith would probably retire and free agency signings affect every team. But Willis was our guy. An All Pro linebacker on the field, a locker room leader off the field and a guy you never heard a bad thing about. As long as we had him anchoring the middle of the field on defense, I always had a weird reassurance that we’d be OK. Maybe we wouldn’t be that dominate team that reached the Super Bowl, but we’d be OK. Now all I want to do is wallow in my own self pity. The life of a sports fan is a cruel one.

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– Ryan

49ers Offensive Tackle Jonathan Martin Stopped A Shoplifter Yesterday, Marking The First Time All Season He Stopped Someone Trying To Get By Him

FoozeballFor San Francisco 49ers tackle Jonathan Martin, his job requires him to protect his quarterback. Turns out he protects and serves in real life as well, even when at a mall.

On Thursday around 4:15 p.m., Martin and a friend from college were out shopping at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles when he said he noticed a shoplifting in progress at the Versace Collection store just a few yards away.

Martin said one person had taken three purses and was running out of the store. Martin, whose name might sound familiar since he was in the center of the Miami Dolphins‘ bullying controversy in 2013, saw another person in the process of snatching items and he sprung into action.

Martin told Shutdown Corner that he ran across the corridor into the store and helped the security guard in corralling the second alleged shoplifter, who was a man larger than the security guard. Martin said he punched the person “five to eight times” until he went down. He wanted to do just enough to get the man to stop fighting so that he could be subdued by security.

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That was my face when I read this story. All season Jonathan Martin looked like an overmatched child, but once the offseason hits he’s not only a superior offensive linemen he’s also a god damn vigilante. Where was this quickness and toughness all season when Kaepernick was getting thrown around like a rag doll? If I’m the new 49ers head coach I’m paying top dollar for the footage of this incident and showing it every day in training camp while simultaneously yelling at Jonathan Martin “THIS! This is what we need you to do!”. This thief is lucky that Jonathan Martin was the one who stopped him and that Harbaugh is no longer in the California area. He would’ve knocked this guy out then challenged his lifeless body to a pushup competition.

– Ryan

 

The 49ers & Jim Harbaugh Have Officially Parted Ways, And I’m Officially Living In A Glass Case Of Emotion

This one hurts. Jim Harbaugh, the human shooting star, is leaving 49er nation just as crazily as he entered it. Here are the facts: the 49ers were not a good football team when Jim Harbaugh took over in 2011. From 2003 (the year after they lost in the divisional round) to 2010, the 49ers won 46 games under 4 different head coaches and didn’t make the playoffs a single season. Under Harbaugh, from 2011 through this season, the 49ers won 49 games while playing in three consecutive conference championship games, including one Super Bowl. If wins aren’t that important to you, then just look at how the culture of the 49ers has changed: they went from a bad team in a terrible division to a tough, gritty, stud team in arguably the best division in football. Any way you slice it, Jim Harbaugh came in and single handedly turned the 49ers franchise around. It was clear the front office was pushing Harbaugh out the door, especially since this was the vibe in the locker room after the 49ers win yesterday:

Sure doesn’t sound like a team that has turned on it’s head coach. You can say what you want about Harbaugh being too animated, or about how his personality offends people, but that’s all bullshit. Give me a guy who gets the most out of his players and who WINS, and I’ll take him every day of the week. Now Harbaugh is off to Michigan, and the 49ers are searching for their new head coach. Whoever they end up with will most definitely be a step down from Harbaugh. Hit the music.

– Ryan

Somebody Get Jimmy Graham Some French Cries To Go With His Wamburger

NFL –  Jimmy Graham certainly didn’t agree with the offensive pass interference call against him Sunday that nullified a potential game-winning Hail Mary touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.

“That’s why I left basketball, so I could stop being penalized for hitting people,” Graham said after the New Orleans Saints wound up losing 27-24 in overtime.

Graham was especially upset that his 47-yard touchdown catch was nullified when he was flagged for pushing off cornerback Perrish Cox.

“It’s interesting how guys grab me everywhere on the field, and I put literally two fingers on somebody and you make that kind of call,” Graham said. “It was definitely not a push-off.

“You know, I’m running down the field and I’m telling myself not to push off. ‘Whatever you do, don’t push off. Just go up and get it.'”

Graham said there was “no doubt” that Cox helped sell the call by falling to the ground after they made contact.

“But he’s a smart player. And he knows I’m a big guy and attract a lot of attention sometimes. So that’s unfortunate,” said Graham, who said he has “rarely ever” seen such calls on Hail Marys. “I mean, the general consensus is, you go down there, you can kick somebody in the chest and go up there and go up and get it and you’ll be fine. But apparently not.”

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Jim, Jimmy, James, Jimothy; just be quiet. The fact that an offensive player has the nerve to complain about offensive pass interference in 2014 is hysterical. Also, last time I checked Jimmy, the Saints line you up as a wide receiver because you can’t block for shit, so I don’t want to hear this nonsense about you loving to hit people. You love running around and catching footballs and knowing that any time someone touches you they’ll get called for a penalty. In my opinion, it’s poetic justice that an offensive playmaker got called for a penalty. I think Jimmy Graham is just mad that my superior 49ers are the first team to beat his dumb Saints at home since 2010. Just remember Jimmy, the better team always wins.

– Ryan

 

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