With the 15th pick in the 2015 Arrowhead Pride mock draft, San Francisco 49ers GM jadamson58 selects...
Wow, I really don’t know where to begin, but I will try my best to summarize the cluster f*** that is the San Francisco 49ers offseason. This team has more issues than "People" magazine, from losing LB Patrick Willis and two starting CBs on an already injury struck defense, to the departure of your long time RB Frank Gore and three time Pro Bowl LG Mike Iupati on offense, the 49ers need to strike gold in free agency and the draft. Here is a list to break down some of the moves:
- Harbaugh and Co. out
- Jim Tomsula promoted from d-line coach to head coach
- Geep Chryst promoted from uarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator
- Eric Mangini promoted from tight ends coach to defensive coordinator
- Thomas McGaughey hired as special teams coordinator
- Linebacker retirement party (Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retire from professional football)
- DE Justin Smith to follow?
- Notable signings: WR Torrey Smith, RB Reggie Bush, OL Erik Pears, DL Darnell Dockett, CB Shareece Wright, WR Jerome Simpson
- Notable departures: RB Frank Gore, WR Stevie Johnson, LG Mike Iupati, CB Chris Culliver, CB Perrish Cox, LB Dan Skuta
- Still up in the air: DL Justin Smith
Let’s go ahead break down the obvious needs. The three biggest areas of concern are: Offensive Line, Defensive Line, and Cornerback.
Erik Pears is expected to take over the LG spot after the departure of Mike Iupati but with only one year left on RG Alex Boone’s contract, depending on who is available, a Guard would be a safe/solid pick. D-line is kinda up in the air still, Justin Smith is pondering retirement which would make DE a great pick. With the addition of Darnell Dockett to hold down the left DE spot, they should be pretty solid if Justin stays but maybe there’s someone in this year’s draft worth taking as his future replacement. The DT/NT positions could be looked at as well, both former Kansas City Chief Glenn Dorsey and Ian Williams had injury issues last season but appear to be ready for off season work. Still, depth there wouldn’t hurt.
Cornerback seems like an obvious choice considering the loss of both starters in Chris Culliver (Redskins) and Perrish Cox (Titans). The Niner’s did bring in Shareece Wright but with the starting jobs up for grabs, more competition is always welcome if the right guy is available. Termaine Brock will be back but you have to be a little cautious about his durability after last season’s injury issues. They have some young guys at this position that may end up getting some serious playing time next year. Inside Linebacker is also something that shouldn’t be overlooked but I don’t see anyone worth taking at 15. They still have decent depth at the position even considering the retirement party. NaVorro Bowman could be back at some point but I doubt he’ll be rushing into anything. Gotta pour one out for that homie’s knee every time I see that play.
The prospects: the following is a list of potential 1st round fits for the 49ers:
G/OT La’el Collins - LSU
NT Danny Shelton - Washington
NT Malcolm Brown - Texas
DT Eddie Goldman - Florida State
DE Arik Armstead - Oregon
CB Trae Waynes - Michigan State
Well, now it’s time for me to put my GM Trent Baalke cap on and decide who the hell is going to turn this sh*t storm around. With the 15th pick in the 2015 AP NFL Mock Draft, the San Fransisco 49ers select:
Oregon DE Arik Armstead
Maybe I’m being a little generous because of Arik’s size, but I feel he has the most upside in an area that’s still kinda up in the air for the Niner’s. The guy has athleticism for days and his football IQ should follow suit after some time with proven DEs Justin Smith (maybe) and Darnell Dockett. If Justin ultimately does decide to retire, the pick still makes sense but it may take a while for Armstead’s game to develop as he is still learning the game as a basketball to football convert. His ability against the run is already good and will only get better, but he kinda lacks in the pass rushing department. Some analysts say that Oregon’s system limited Armstead’s pass rushing abilities but we’ll see. I think he should be able to develop into a quality pass rusher after some time, it just almost wouldn’t make sense for him not too considering his size/athleticism. Somewhat similar situation to the Chiefs first round pick in Dee Ford last year. If you’re looking for guaranteed day one starter in the first round, this probably isn’t your guy, but a potential monster of a starter in the future.
Mock draft order
15. 49ers - DE Arik Armstead