Now that the draft is over, it’s time to go over what players the 49ers have acquired in the offseason and how the roster has improved in different areas.
Weston Richburg (center/5 year deal): After trading Daniel Kilgore, Richburg greatly improves the center position by being able to move into the second level with his quickness and helps upgrade an offensive line that was terrible for the past few years.
Jerick McKinnon (running back/4 year deal): People are going to argue that the 49ers paid way too much for McKinnon but in reality, he’s going to be a top 10 running back with his ability to catch the ball in the open field and use his elite speed and vision to find open gaps through the offensive line. Once he’s able to get into open space, he will be hard to chase down. That’s something that the 49ers haven’t had for quite some time since Carlos Hyde wasn’t that fast whenever he broke for a big gain. Hyde went to the Cleveland Browns in free agency.
Richard Sherman (cornerback/3 year deal): Yes, I know you still hate the guy for what happened in the NFCCG several years ago and how much he talked crap on the team, but he gives the 49ers something they haven't had in a long time. An ELITE shutdown corner. Sherman will be the starting corner and Witherspoon will be on the other side of the field after his promising rookie season last year. Think of this way though, we won’t have Dontae Johnson on our team ever again!
Jeff Locke (punter/1 year deal): Locke is just competition for Bradley Pinion in training camp. Don’t look too much into this addition.
Jonathan Cooper (guard/1 year deal): Cooper is a former 1st round pick for the Cardinals who later on played for the Cowboys where he actually played a lot better than when he was in Arizona. No clue why, but that’s why the 49ers signed him to a one year deal - to see if he’s actually a fit for Shanahan’s scheme.
Korey Toomer (linebacker/1 year deal): Toomer was originally insurance in case Reuben Foster’s legal troubles kept him away from the team t, but I believe he could be a good depth piece.
Jerry Attaochu (edge/1 year deal): I’m really excited about this addition for a couple of reasons. He’s a former second round pick from the San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers that ended up getting injured. He’s an intriguing piece of the puzzle on the defense because I think he could be our future LEO. If he’s healthy, he’s going to be a beast in this defense to help set up the edge to help DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas get sacks.
Jimmy Garoppolo (handsome quarterback/5 years): This beautiful man, Jimmy GQ, became our franchise quarterback of the future. Jimmy G’s quick release, accuracy, and incredible IQ for reading defenses helped lead the team to five straight wins to end the season 6-10. Oh yeah. This is going to be fun.
Brock Coyle (linebacker/3 years): Coyle impressed a lot of people last year for stepping up for Malcolm Smith after Smith tore his pectoral muscle in August. Coyle is another key depth player that will be needed on the team.
Cassius Marsh (edge/2 years): Marsh came in late in the season and still racked up a couple of sacks on the edge and played very well for his limited time on the team while having a rotational position with Elvis Dumervil.
Raheem Mostert (special teams/1 year): Mostert is the main reason why the 49ers had a Top 10 special teams group for majority of the games.
Carlos Hyde went to the Cleveland Browns
Leon Hall went to the Oakland Raiders
Logan Paulsen went to the Atlanta Falcons
Tank Carradine went to the Oakland Raiders
Brandon Fusco went to the Atlanta Falcons
Aaron Lynch went to the Chicago Bears
1st Round- Mike McGlinchey (tackle/Notre Dame): Everyone at first hated the pick because there were a lot sexier picks on the draft board at the time but now that everyone had time to cool off, including me, the pick is actually a great one. The 49ers traded Trent Brown to the New England Patriots for a third round pick. McGlinchey is automatically the starting right tackle until Joe Staley retires.
2nd Round- Dante Pettis (wide receiver/Washington): This is one of my favorite draft picks this year. Pettis can play anywhere on the field and will still be a dangerous threat regardless. Pettis can be a red zone threat, kick returner, punt returner, and even be the 49ers future number-one wide receiver. His quickness, route running abilities and his seperation skills were one of, if not, the best in the draft so I’m really excited to watch this guy ball out with the Niners .
3rd Round- Fred Warner (linebacker/BYU) Oh yeah. Here we go! Warner is an absolute monster on the field even though he’s incredibly nice off the field so won’t have to worry about him getting arrested or anything (thank the Lord). Warner could easily be an immediate starter and take Malcolm Smith’s position away from him because this guy can ball out. If you ever watch his highlight tape, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
3rd Round- Tarvarius Moore (defensive back/Southern Mississippi): Moore was originally a safety but John Lynch thinks he has the versatility to play outside corner and hopefully take the starting role whenever Sherman retires. Lynch calls him a projection because of this reason so we’ll see how he adjusts.
4th Round- Kentavius Street (defensive end/NC State): You may be thinking to yourself, “Oh great. Another ACL pick. Trent Baalke is at it again.” But the thing is that Street is not a starter. He’s going to be an another depth piece and we’ll see what happens if he’s healthy again so just relax.
5th Round- D.J. Reed (cornerback/Kansas State) Now this is my favorite pick. Reed is a slot corner that could actually end up taking K’Waun Williams spot this year. Reed is a short cornerback but you wouldn’t think so by the way he plays the game. He’s been doubted his whole life and he’s ready to show people what he’s made of. This pick to me reminds me of the Adrian Colbert pick last year. Reed can also be a kick returner.
6th Round- Marcell Harris (safety/Florida): Harris’ main position is strong safety but was injured all of last year after an incredible 2016. He’s going to be a great contributor to special teams with his hard hitting ability.
7th Round- Jullian Taylor (defensive tackle/Temple): Taylor looks like a steal in the draft. He’s able to shed through blocks and get to the quarterback and running back in no time. He’s going to be a great depth piece when needed.
7th Round- Richie James (wide receiver/Middle Tennessee): James seems to have been overlooked a lot after putting up great seasons in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, he got injured so I’m guessing that’s the reason why his stock went all of the way down. Kyle Shanahan can definitely use him in the slot and could possibly take Trent Taylor’s job.
Get ready 49ers fans because this year is going to be full of so much excitement and hype! Watch out NFL because the San Francisco 49ers are back!