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The 49ers didn’t tank, so they didn’t land the No. 1 total decide on in April’s NFL Draft.
That was a hard blow for some fans at the stop of the frequent time, but potentially the karma of essentially attempting down the extend has come back and rewarded the Niners.
Preserve NFL Draft gossip at an arm’s duration, but the perfectly-documented scuttlebutt out of the scouting combine in Indianapolis this previous weekend is that the Arizona Cardinals will use the No. 1 total decide on to select Heisman Trophy-successful Oklahoma quarterback and sorta-kinda-at-one particular-time Oakland A’s prospect Kyler Murray.
I can practically listen to the cackles coming from Santa Clara.
They have practically nothing to do with Murray and his capability, I assure you — Murray was brilliant in his one particular year of college ball, but it is anyone’s guess if he’s heading to be a achievements or bust in the NFL. No, this has all the things to do with what the 49ers want to get from this draft, starting off with that No. 2 total decide on.
Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan has three quarterbacks that he likes, so Murray is not portion of the equation for San Francisco. What Shanahan’s staff does require, though, is an elite move rusher.
And which is why the Kyler Fever which is swept as a result of the NFL is these a boon for the Niners.
If the Cardinals in fact select Murray No. 1 total, they’ll be leaving the overall younger, exciting move rusher litter to the Niners, who will get their decide on of it at No. 2.
And if the Cardinals never choose Murray at No. 1? Very well, that state of affairs could be a lot more useful to the Niners than Arizona passing on all the move rushers.
Each individual other staff could only desire it had these a binary preference wherever the two of the choices are favourable.
Because the Niners presently have their quarterback — or quarterbacks — the 2nd decide on has grow to be the large-ticket item, practically sure to land either the top player on San Francisco’s board or convey about a fervor of exceptional trade provides as a consolation prize.
Soon after all, even if Murray does go No. 1, there will nonetheless probably be a handful of teams vying to get to No. 2 to select a quarterback — probably Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. Groups have figured out that you can not wait on a quarterback to slide in the draft — if you like a man, you have to go get him.
And if teams are probably to clamor for Haskins, how superior could the Niners travel the selling price up if Murray, who appears to be separating himself as QB 1, is on the board at No. 2?
This is all hypothetical, positive, but it highlights how charmed the Niners’ scenario is gearing up to be.
Believe about it: what would the Giants, with a washed Eli Manning at the helm and basic supervisor Dave Gettleman presently on the incredibly hot seat, give up for the buzziest quarterback in the draft?
What about new Bengals coach Zac Taylor? Would he like to install his Spread Coast offense with a unfold magician or Andy Dalton?
And hey, the Dolphins are rebuilding right after they ultimately figured out that Ryan Tannehill was not a great quarterback (4 decades right after the rest of the NFL pieced it alongside one another). Would they want to do that close to a younger, reasonably priced (possible) game-changer? I wager they would.
Really don’t overlook Washington, down Alex Smith, either. They could experience determined and empty the war chest, far too — it is not like they are a skilled and pragmatic organization.
Even the Raiders could get associated. Now would not that be entertaining?
Once more, choose this all with a grain of salt, but Peter King described Sunday night that Jon Gruden has a “crush” on Murray, and we can not appear to be to go 20 minutes without hearing an additional “the Raiders are shopping Derek Carr” rumor. Are those two items connected?
That is not an arch, rhetorical problem — I legitimately ponder that.
(King also posits that the Raiders will trade the No. 27 total decide on for Antonio Brown. I never know about that, either. What do I do know? I know that I like the chaos of draft time.)
No make any difference how this shakes out — no make any difference if Murray goes No. 1 or not — another person is heading to want to be at No. 2 and they could pay back handsomely for the privilege. The only problem is if the Niners want to use the slot or not.
What a lot more could you request for with a draft decide on?
A couple months in the past, remaining in a placement with this variety of power was a in the vicinity of fantasy for the Niners. The expectation, as premature as it could have been, was that the Cardinals had been heading to choose Ohio State move rusher Nick Bosa, the consensus top player in the draft, and depart the 49ers with the up coming-best move rusher or attempting to obtain a trade with a staff wanting to draft Haskins or Mizzou quarterback Drew Lock.
That was nonetheless an exceptional placement — make no mistake — but was marginal to the state of affairs the Niners look destined for in a couple months.
I never know if the Niners like Bosa over Kentucky’s Josh Allen or Alabama’s Quinnen Williams — or any other player in the draft, for that make any difference — but do know that it is great to have choices when it will come to this roll of the dice.
And the way items are shaking out, I can not think about the Niners possible acquiring greater choices than the kinds I assume to come their way at the stop of April.