Lengthy tale quick, listed below are 10 scorching subjects because the 49ers finalize their draft arrangements:
1. BUZZING ABOUT BOSA
All due appreciate to the 49ers’ quarterback and draft drama however the No. 1 issue for a playoff go back: Nick Bosa, 2021 NFL Comeback Participant of the Yr candidate.
Teammates are humming about Bosa, seven months since a torn anterior cruciate ligament ruined his sophomore season and immediately cratered the 49ers’ hopes. His go back can be a welcome and vital sideshow.
Cornerback Jason Verrett dropped Bosa’s title this week whilst noting “with everyone wholesome, I think we will be able to be a dominant protection once more.”
Defensive take on D.J. Jones additionally used to be raving in regards to the 49ers’ doable when he just lately presented this last line: “Bosa’s coming again, so I’m excited.” Cornerback Okay’Waun Williams’ media consultation additionally introduced up Bosa, so simply know the 49ers are hoping this ACL comeback results in a Tremendous Bowl the way in which Jimmy Garoppolo’s go back did in 2019.
Bosa’s rehabilitation is it appears A-OK. The brunt of it happened in Orange County (as observed by the use of social media updates from his therapists) ahead of he headed house to Castle Lauderdale, Fla. It’s unknown how concerned he’ll be within the 49ers’ offseason program that opens April 19, neither is there phrase if on-field actions will resume according to COVID-19 vaccination charges.
As for the AP Comeback Participant of the Yr award, former 49er Bryant Younger (1999) is certainly one of most effective 4 defenders to win that honor since 1998. Alex Smith used to be the 3rd immediately quarterback to win it final 12 months, and Jimmy Garoppolo may just cope with Bosa this 12 months. Different applicants: Dak Prescott (Cowboys), Joe Burrow (Bengals), Christian McCaffrey (Panthers), Saquon Barkley (Giants), Odell Beckham Jr. (Browns), and Von Miller (Broncos).
2. ART OF DECEPTION
It’s been most effective two years because the 49ers pulled the ol’ Alabama-or-Ohio State switcheroo. Some anticipated them to draft Quinnen Williams however they selected Bosa, who received defensive rookie of the 12 months honors.
This 12 months, déjà vu is environment in with such a lot of draft prognosticators bellowing how the 49ers will take Alabama’s Mac Jones over Ohio State’s Justin Fields. North Dakota State’s Trey Lance is the sneaky 3rd choice, very similar to the 2019 projected pairing of the 49ers and then-Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen.
An afternoon ahead of attending Jones’ professional day, Kyle Shanahan famous that he “doesn’t have to cover as a lot” now that the 49ers moved up from No. 12 to the draft’s No. 3 spot. Stay an eye fixed out April 14, then, as he and John Lynch are anticipated at Ohio State’s 2d professional day.
3. SHERMAN THE SCOUT
Rely Richard Sherman within the Fields-to-the-49ers camp.
“He’s certainly one of if no longer the most productive quarterbacks within the draft,” Sherman mentioned on his weekly podcast with Cris Collinsworth. “He used to be finishing I feel 70 p.c of his passes, and he is analogous to what Jimmy (Garoppolo) does.”
Sherman, by way of the way in which, noticed in particular person as Fields received MVP honors on the 2017 Elite 11 pageant. Nonetheless, Sherman is pegging Garoppolo because the 49ers’ season-opening starter on account of their “Tremendous Bowl-capable roster, which is apparent, and he’s already taken them to a Tremendous Bowl.”
Sherman stays unsigned after 3 seasons at the 49ers, and he expects to stay that way till after the draft. Don’t search for him to fireside his agent; he represents himself.
4. VERRETT’S ENTICING ENCORE
All the NFC West, no longer simply the 49ers’ acquainted secondary, gives Verrett a really perfect trail towards extra appreciate (and extra money in 2022). “The extra pageant we will be able to have in our department, it’s going to be at an advantage for us as avid gamers,” mentioned Verrett, who re-signed final month on a one-year, $5.5 million deal.
Go searching now: A.J. Inexperienced has partnered with DeAndre Hopkins in Arizona; Seattle prolonged Tyler Lockett’s deal to solidify an important tandem with DK Metcalf; DeSean Jackson headed house to Los Angeles to catch passes from Matthew Stafford and supplement Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.
“It’s in a different way I will move dominate and be the most productive man I will be for the group, (by way of) going in opposition to one of the vital most sensible guys within the league,” mentioned Verrett, who in the end stayed wholesome final 12 months and performed neatly in difficult matchups, particularly a December duel with Hopkins.
5. WELL-BALANCED ROSTER
Sure, the 49ers may have a 21- or 22-year-old quarterback arriving by way of month’s finish, however he received’t be coming to a tender, rebuilding group like maximum most sensible draft selections. There’s an admirable mix of emerging stars (Bosa, George Kittle, Fred Warner, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk) and confirmed veterans, and not using a obtrusive applicants for 2022 retirement.
Verrett famous that he, nickel again Okay’Waun Williams and Jimmie Ward all flip 30 this summer season and all have been within the 2014 draft. Robust protection Jaquiski Tartt became 31 previous this 12 months, so it’s a sage unit to assist shepherd a tender cornerback reminiscent of Emmanuel Moseley, 25, or a draft pick out.
“All of us sought after any other shot at it as a result of everyone knows what we will be able to do after we’re out at the area in combination,” Verrett mentioned. “I used to be excited to tug off a one-year (contract) to turn what I may just do in back-to-back seasons. … It’s going to be lovely dope.”
6. MORE ON JUSTIN FIELDS
5 years in the past, Ryan Day used to be the 49ers’ quarterbacks trainer, a ways within the background whilst Colin Kaepernick sparked a social equality motion and completed out his NFL profession on a 2-14 group.
Now, Day is flourishing as Ohio State’s trainer, and he’s understandably protecting his new quarterback, who could be drafted No. 3 by way of the 49ers subsequent month: Fields.
After ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky cited unnamed assets wondering Fields’ paintings ethic and need, Day vouched for Fields. “This child loves the sport,” Day mentioned in an interview with NBC Sports activities’ Peter King.
Fields led a petition to play the 2020 season, to which Day mentioned: “… He used to be implausible. He modified his vitamin, he were given more potent. He did higher than maximum.” If there may be one space Fields wishes development, Day mentioned it’s “higher figuring out when to create after which when to chop your losses.”
7. TREY LANCE, BETTER OPTION?
Rely ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay amongst the ones envisioning Jones because the 49ers’ pick out, in spite of seeing Lance as a greater have compatibility. “He’s nice in relation to play motion, and San Francisco is fourth within the league in play-action snaps this previous 12 months,” McShay mentioned of Lance this week on a convention name. “That’s what Kyle Shanahan desires to do and that’s a large a part of what their offense is.”
So why did McShay record Jones at No. 3 in his mock draft? “I believed Lance used to be going to be a better choice for San Fran, however the intel used to be other,” McShay mentioned.
The intel, huh? The 49ers regime has been tight-lipped about each and every primary transfer the previous 4 years. Superb how a lot intel is all of sudden available in the market for draft pundits.
8. DOUBLE-DIGIT WIN TOTAL
The 49ers, most commonly on account of accidents or early ability woes, have misplaced a minimum of 10 video games in all however certainly one of trainer Kyle Shanahan’s 4 seasons. The exception used to be a 13-3 run in 2019, en path to a Tremendous Bowl look.
Their projected win general this season: 10.5, consistent with DraftKings.com and ActionNetwork.com. The one groups higher are the Kansas Town Chiefs (12), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11.5) and the Baltimore Ravens (11).
9. SHARING THE WEALTH
Whilst every group were given $8.5 million to unfold out in performance-based-pay bonuses, the 49ers needed to cut up theirs amongst an NFL-high 84 avid gamers. Main the record used to be offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill, a 16-game starter who scored $522,349 within the system according to enjoying time, wage and gathered seasons. Remaining at the record used to be Dee Ford with $1,510. Garoppolo were given $5,784 on most sensible of his $23.8 million wage after lacking 10 begins.
10. MOSTERT LEADS WAY
Working again Raheem Mostert stays at the vanguard of COVID-19 protection. A 12 months after pulling out of an autograph display because the pandemic set in, Mostert posted an Instagram image final week of himself receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. “Vaccinated and in a position for some ball. Let’s get the enthusiasts again within the stands!!” introduced Mostert.
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) April 1, 2021