It was truly a magnificent day in 49ers history yesterday. The signing of Jimmy Garoppolo is huge. Now we have Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo all we need is Saquon Barkley to finish the trio. I couldn’t help but start the morning off with a couple of Negative Nellie posts to begin the links. I personally am taking them with a grain of salt but it would be interesting to know what everyone else thinks about them. Of course the morning would not be complete without the Grant Cohn version too.
Near the bottom of the links is an article addressing the top sophomore players of 2017 and, of course, that list would not be complete without a certain 49ers defensive lineman.
Now back to my little addition of Saquon Barkley. It seems like I change my mind as to which player we should draft in the first round every week leading up to the draft. My flavor of the week at the moment is Saquon Barkley. I have already been through Quenton Nelson and am on to Barkley. He is quite the luxury pick but, if we could get our offensive line problems and corner back problems settled in free agency, he could be a brilliant addition to our offense.
I know a lot of people claim Kyle Shanahan will only take a running back later in the draft and that he likes to use multiple running backs but I started thinking about the article I wrote last year on Robert Turner and I don’t think that is the case at all. I think Turner would love to get back to the old glory days when he was developing bell cow running backs under the guidance of Mike Shanahan and I don’t think Kyle would mind either.
The first time I watched Barkley, I thought he was pretty good but nothing any better than the usual top college running backs that get drafted early every year. His power and speed bursts were impressive but that was nothing unusual. About the fourth time watching videos of Barkley,I started to notice just how bad the team around him was and how badly he was coached. The whole Penn State offense was centered around this extremely talented yet ridiculously raw running back that completely depended on his quick changes of direction and long speed. Other than that, there was nothing to see in that offense. It would be a major understatement to say Barkley carried that team.
That made me start to think, what if the 49ers offensive staff were to get ahold of Barkley? What if they honed his skills into a very refined running back and an even more refined receiver? The more I watch him, the more I realize I may not have seen a running back with legs like his since Bo Jackson and this young man can catch the ball too. Bo Jackson legs with Roger Craig hands anyone?
Don’t get too excited if you disagree with me. I will probably have a new flavor of the week next Friday anyway. Enjoy the hot links in the meantime and have a great weekend knowing we have signed Jimmy G.
49ers officially announce Jimmy Garoppolo’s 5-year deal David Bonilla
The top-10 sophomore standouts of the 2017 season Mark Chichester