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#124 Dash To The Draft XXIX: NFC West Draft Recap with Jordan Reid
1. The 49ers dedicated the first part of their draft to supporting their new franchise QB Jimmy Garoppolo. With the ninth overall pick, they got some much-needed protection for Garoppolo by selecting Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey. To many, McGlinchey can grow into an elite RT in the mold of Jack Conklin and Ricky Wagner. However, there is talk that McGlinchey will eventually replace Joe Staley (who’s getting long in the tooth) at left tackle when Staley retires. Should McGlinchey spend his entire career on the right side, or do you think he’s capable of developing into a rock solid blindside protector?
2. After getting Garoppolo that protection in round one, they got him another weapon in round two, as they traded up for Washington WR Dante Pettis. Matt Waldman, a good friend of the program and one of THE brightest football minds out there, had Pettis as the top receiver in this class. When he was previously on the program, he said that Pettis fits the current mold of WR that has seen instant success in the NFL; not the tallest or fastest, but quick with excellent route running ability and the versatility to play either in the slot or on the perimeter. However, Mike Mayock said while discussing this pick on the NFL Network broadcast that Pettis is only a slot guy in his view. Does your evaluation of Pettis side more with the opinion of Matt Waldman or of Mike Mayock?
3. My personal favorite pick the 49ers made in this draft was their selection of BYU LB Fred Warner in round three. Warner was one of my favorite guys that I watched at the Senior Bowl, as his speed and ability to cover a lot of ground in a hurry were on display in each practice. Do you see Warner winning a starting job in training camp and assuming the “KJ Wright” role in Robert Saleh’s defense?
4. The 49ers added another intriguing receiver in the seventh round in Middle Tennessee’s Richie James. He compares very favorably to Jamison Crowder of the Redskins. However, with all the receivers on this 49ers team right now; Garcon, Goodwin, Pettis, Trent Taylor…I can’t find a role for him in this offense at least this season. What do you envision Richie James’ role being in both the short and long term?
5. The Arizona Cardinals traded up five spots in the first round to select who they hope will be their next franchise QB in Josh Rosen. According to many during the pre-draft process, most notably his college coach Jim Mora, Rosen had to land somewhere with an offensive coordinator that would challenge him intellectually. New Cardinals OC Mike McCoy runs a very complex system that is comparable to that of Josh McDaniels. Because of McCoy, could Rosen have asked for a better landing spot?
6. My personal concern with Josh Rosen wasn’t his character. It was his durability. His extensive injury history coupled with his limited mobility and the problems he has under pressure are even more worrying to me given the fact that the Cardinals OL is arguably a bottom-five unit in the league. Do you think it would be wise for the offense to be centered around David Johnson this year in order to best protect Rosen?
7. In round two, the Cardinals took Texas A&M WR (and Arizona native) Christian Kirk. What makes this pick so interesting is that Kirk and Josh Rosen have known each other since high school. Head coach Steve Wilks stressed after the draft that they want Christian Kirk on the field early and often. Do you think the experience Rosen and Kirk shared in high school will help their connection on the playing field pay immediate dividends?Read more »