The 49ers hold the No. 7 overall pick, and Jack figures to be tough to pass on if he’s available when they’re on the clock. All four NFL Media analysts that have posted top-50 rankings place Jack among the top three prospects in the draft. He goes as high as No. 4 overall to the Cowboys and as low as No. 10 to the Giants in NFL Media mock drafts.
Jack suffered a season-ending right knee injury during practice in September and underwent surgery on the knee. He received medical clearance from UCLA’s surgeon in early March and cheap nfl jerseys and participated in UCLA’s pro day on March 15, where he posted an impressive 40-inch vertical, even though he said he was only at 80 percent for the workout. However, he’s unlikely to run a 40-yard dash for NFL teams before the April 28-30 draft. Jack’s knee will be examined next week at the league’s annual medical recheck in Indianapolis.
Roberts had battled numerous health issues in recent years. According to USA Today, he suffered from diabetes and also had his legs amputated after being diagnosed with gangrene. He was close friends with former 49ers teammate Ronnie Lott, who helped raised money for Roberts’ medical bills through an assistance fund he set up.
Roberts played all eight seasons of his NFL career with the 49ers (1986-93) after being drafted 39th overall by San Francisco in 1986. He won titles with the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII and Super Bowl XXIV.
Still, Kaepernick barely had to talk about the train wreck of his team’s performance — and maybe the train wreck of a team he plays for — because he has become such a public lightning rod, and his team, sadly, has become forgotten.
The 49ers still have tradition and history, but now, it also has problems that Kaepernick, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, Patrick Willis and Ronnie Lott couldn’t fix. The offense is punchless. The defense is a punching bag. The talent doesn’t match up against most teams in the NFL. The coaching isn’t getting it done.
Perhaps this is evidence of a long season simply wearing on a person. Maybe it’s just evidence that Baalke knows what fans want to hear — some general managers have perfected the song and dance by now.
But if he is taking all the blame for this miserable season in San Francisco, does that mean coach Chip Kelly will return next year? With Oregon firing coach Mark Helfrich on Tuesday, so began the latest churn of the Kelly-back-to-college rumor mill. Though he’s denied it many times, there will be some talking heads unable to digest the fact that he enjoys the NFL lifestyle far more. At Oregon, he would have to go back to (or do his best version of) glad-handing with boosters and recruiting — all the exhaustive efforts that are not required of coaches in the NFL.
The 49ers have some weapons. With Carlos Hyde a non-entity on Sunday, the club turned to Vance McDonald, Torrey Smith and, in a few situations, Jeremy Kerley. This is by no means a murderer’s row, but would be a fine supporting cast for a team with a superstar weapon on offense. Can Kelly manufacture that player over the course of a season, or do we have to wait for the 2017 NFL Draft?
This Panthers team still has gusto. Cam Newton was still on the field at the end of a blowout win celebrating with his defensive players. He was still hurling touchdown passes while up 10 late in the fourth quarter. The team was still getting flagged for coordinated celebration penalties. Like it or not, this is another high-energy, high-confidence Panthers team that doesn’t seem to be bothered by their panicked Super Bowl performance and subsequent loss in the season opener.
Neither team disclosed the pick San Francisco will receive, though it’s safe to guess that it was likely a late-rounder with some sort of conditional tie-in. The Houston Chronicle, which first reported the story, noted as much.
After an offseason that saw Sutton lose both Husain Abdullah and Sean Smith (and watched as Eric Berry held out of camp), the need for starting-caliber bodies rose. Instead of waiting for Tuesday’s first roster cut downs to find an option, the team took matters into their own hands. San Francisco wanted to get something instead of just stashing Acker on the bench. They will likely roll with Tramaine Brock and Jimmie Ward at the cornerback spots this year and groom third and fourth-round picks Rashard Robinson and Will Redmond.