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Will the 49ers Contend if They Just Get Healthy?

Will the 49ers Contend if They Just Get Healthy?

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There’s nothing quite as gripping as a post-apocalyptic adventure like “The Walking Dead,” “The Road,” “Y: The Last Man” or the 2021 San Francisco 49ers.The 49ers reached the Super Bowl in the 2019 season but lived through an extinction-level injury cataclysm in 2020. They lost Pro Bowl pass rushers Dee Ford (neck, back) for 15 games and Nick Bosa (knee) for 14. The All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) for 11, the All-Pro tight end George Kittle (knee, foot) for eight, their top wide receiver, Deebo Samuel, (foot, hamstring, Covid-19) for nine, plus various other starters on both sides of the ball for large chunks of the year.Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) also missed 10 games; the fact that he does not receive top billing on their injury roll call is telling on a variety of leve...
The 2021 NFL Draft First Round is Over. Here’s What We Learned.

The 2021 NFL Draft First Round is Over. Here’s What We Learned.

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The first round of the 2021 N.F.L. draft proceeded on Thursday night according to the league’s strict hierarchy: quarterbacks came first, followed by those who catch passes from them and protect them, with the defenders tasked with stopping them bringing up the rear.And just to add some extra drama to the proceedings, a member of the league’s quarterback aristocracy did his best to upstage the newcomers.Quarterbacks went 1-2-3.For the first time since 1999, quarterbacks were selected with the top three picks: Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence by the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 1, Brigham Young’s Zach Wilson by the Jets at No. 2, and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance by the San Francisco 49ers at No. 3.The Lawrence and Wilson selections were forgone conclusions weeks ago. San Francisco’s choice of La...
Experts’ NFL Mock Draft Picks: Insights and Predictions

Experts’ NFL Mock Draft Picks: Insights and Predictions

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Soon it will all be over — the guesses, the hunches, the smoke screens, the informed speculation, the uninformed speculation and, especially, the billions of mock drafts, which have elicited untold page views and paroxysms of internet rage but that as of around 8:15 p.m. Eastern time Thursday will be as relevant as the mock drafts released Friday for 2022.Projecting how the first round of the N.F.L. draft will unfold is a futile exercise every year, especially this one, after the pandemic battered the 2020 college football season. More than 100 Division I players opted not to play; the traditional scouting combine was canceled; and teams’ efforts to assemble comprehensive profiles on prospects, with limited game film and access to medical information, were compromised.That absence of infor...
The NFL Draft is Here. Here Are Some Expert Picks and Predictions

The NFL Draft is Here. Here Are Some Expert Picks and Predictions

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Soon it will all be over — the guesses, the hunches, the smoke screens, the informed speculation, the uninformed speculation and, especially, the billions of mock drafts, which have elicited untold page views and paroxysms of internet rage but that as of around 8:15 p.m. Eastern time Thursday will be as relevant as the mock drafts released Friday for 2022.Projecting how the first round of the N.F.L. draft will unfold is a futile exercise every year, especially this one, after the pandemic battered the 2020 college football season. More than 100 Division I players opted not to play; the traditional scouting combine was canceled; and teams’ efforts to assemble comprehensive profiles on prospects, with limited game film and access to medical information, were compromised.That absence of infor...
Here Are The Needs for the Biggest Movers in the NFL Draft

Here Are The Needs for the Biggest Movers in the NFL Draft

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The top of the N.F.L. draft quaked late last month when the Miami Dolphins, the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles swung what amounted to a three-team trade. The bottom of it shuddered on Friday when the Baltimore Ravens acquired another first-round pick.In March, the Dolphins sent the No. 3 pick in the draft to San Francisco for the No. 12 pick this year, first- and third-round picks in 2022 and a first-round pick in 2023. Then they shipped the No. 12 pick and a fourth-rounder this year and a first-rounder in 2022 to the Eagles, who gave Miami the No. 6 pick and a fifth-round selection.Those teams have not tipped off their draft targets — though 49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan faces questions nearly every day about his team’s quarterback position — but here are their needs ahead of...
After Trevor Lawrence, Pick Another Quarterback

After Trevor Lawrence, Pick Another Quarterback

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There is no drama as to who will be the No. 1 pick in this year’s N.F.L. draft. The only question had been which team would get the chance to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Jacksonville Jaguars secured that honor by way of the Jets’ seemingly not understanding that they were supposed to keep losing.So with the knowledge that Lawrence, a Peyton Manning-like sure thing of a quarterback prospect, is going to Jacksonville to be paired with Coach Urban Meyer in a college-meets-pros marriage, here is a look at the other four quarterbacks likely to go in the top 10 of this year’s draft, which will begin on Thursday with the first round held in Cleveland.Zach Wilson: The GunslingerCollege: Brigham Young (two-plus seasons as a starter)Size: 6 feet 2 inches, 214 pounds2020 Passing: 3...