Moments after the 49ers’ final game of the season, new team president Jed York gathered the team around to announce Mike Singletary had been hired permanently as 49ers coach. But before he made the announcement, York promised the players – and later made the same bold prediction to the media — that the 49ers would no longer finish the season in December.
UPDATE (Monday, 5:56 p.m.): I was out of the area today. The official word from the 49ers was that they were neither confirming nor denying Matthew Stafford’s scheduled pre-draft visit. (Don’t worry, it was confirmed yesterday.) There were no reports of a Stafford vs. Singletary wrestling match, so we assume everything went OK. Tomorrow, I’ll check in with my feeling about the likelihood of the 49ers taking a QB with the…
The 49ers do not have a supremely talented roster. The club has gone six seasons without a playoff appearance. So any player the 49ers choose with the No. 10 overall has to become an immediate starter. Right?
Kentwan Balmer, the 49ers’ first-round pick last season at No. 29 overall, was not expected to put up big numbers as a rookie. Heck, he won’t be expected to put up big numbers at any point in his career.
Finding a pass-rusher might be the 49ers’ biggest need heading into the draft. In the 49ers’ 3-4 scheme, the pass rush is expected to come from the outside linebackers.
At some point, perhaps on the second day of the draft (April 26), the 49ers will select a running back to complement Frank Gore.
Being a fan of college hoops, I was looking forward to last night’s championship game. After about four minutes, I started searching for other things to occupy my attention.
One of the top defensive players in the draft is relieved he does not have to be on the defensive any longer.
In mid-February, coach Mike Singletary was asked if the 49ers would take a quarterback with the No. 10 overall pick. He tilted his head to the side and pressed his lips together. His body language said no.
UPDATE: Michael Oher has not yet visited the 49ers. He is scheduled to visit. * * * Each NFL team is allowed 30 visits from draft-eligible players leading up to the draft. The 49ers got the process started two days ago (will get the process started in the near future).
The 49ers will unveil their new uniforms at the team’s draft party Saturday, April 25, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Free agency has slowed to a crawl and the draft is a month away.
The NFL today announced the official order for the 2009 draft:
The NFL announced the distribution of 32 compensatory picks, including two to the 49ers. * * * Niners 2009 draft picks: First round, No. 10 (10 overall) Second round, No. 11 (43) Third round, No. 10 (74) Fourth Round, No. 11 (111) Fifth round, No. 10 (146) *Fifth round, No. 35 (171) Sixth round, No. 11 (194)(184) Seventh round, No. 10 (219) *Seventh round, No. 35 (244) (*compensatory picks can’t…
The NFL today announced the full round-by-round order for the draft.
NFL Network’s draft analyst Mike Mayock said the 49ers should take a look at USC quarterback Mark Sanchez if he is still available after nine picks in the draft. But, he said, the more logical selection would probably be an offensive tackle.
*Includes updated 2009 Senior Bowl rosters* * * * There is big news out of Mobile, Ala.
The 49ers own the No. 10 overall pick in the April draft. Their picks in each round will rotate from Nos. 10 to 11 through the seven rounds. (They’ll pick 10th in the odd-numbered rounds, and 11th in the even-numbered rounds.) In addition, they’re expecting two compensatory picks. So whom do the 49ers select with the 10th selection? My answer: The best player available.
Mike Singletary is the 49ers’ interim head coach. Shaun Hill is the interim starting quarterback. Whether they think about it in these terms or not, both men are auditioning in the final weeks of the season to remove the “interim” tags from their job titles in 2009.
Hey, it’s never too early to start talking about next year’s draft.