2013 NFL Offseason: San Francisco 49ers
Draft Grades, Season Previews, Team Needs, Free Agents
San Francisco 49ers (Last Year: 11-4-1)
2013 NFL Draft Grade: A-
Please note that the overall grade is not an average of all the individual grades. Other things are taken into account like team needs and goals.
Goals Entering the 2013 NFL Draft: San Francisco's roster is loaded, so the team has way fewer needs than most franchises. Something the 49ers absolutely have to address, however, is the secondary. Both the corner and safety positions are the weakest areas on the roster.
2013 NFL Draft Accomplishments: The 49ers ignored the cornerback position but made sure they bolstered their safety group by moving up from No. 31 to 18 for Eric Reid. I wasn't a fan of this; the safety class was loaded, so San Francisco could have stayed put and drafted either Matt Elam or Jonathan Cyprien at its original spot.
General manager Trent Baalke has proven himself very capable though, so it wasn't surprising at all to see him rebound from that blemish. He traded down from his next selection and still obtained Tank Carradine, who was a major steal at No. 40. Carradine will bulk up and be Justin Smith's successor at the five-technique position. That would explain Corey Lemonier at No. 88. The smaller Lemonier will provide depth at rush linebacker and will almost certainly compete for a starting job down the road.
Baalke's top selections came at the end of the fourth round. Quinton Patton was an absolute steal at No. 128 because he was considered a second-round prospect. Three picks later, the 49ers chose Marcus Lattimore, who was a first-round projection prior to shredding his knee this past fall. Lattimore will essentially be redshirted. Frank Gore's contract expires in 2015, so Lattimore could take over as the starter then.
The 49ers showed why they have one of the premier front offices in the NFL. They were able to strengthen their roster by seldom reaching, all while filling some needs. I wish they would have drafted a cornerback and avoided moving up for Reid, but the latter isn't a huge issue because they were armed with a ton of picks.
2013 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
18. Eric Reid, S, LSU: C- Grade
The 49ers moved up for... Eric Reid? Why? This safety class was incredibly loaded. I'm sure one of Reid, Matt Elam or Jonathan Cyprien would have been available at No. 31. Reid had issues covering last year, so this pick is highly questionable - especially considering that San Francisco moved up for the LSU product.
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40. Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State: A Grade
Outside linebacker was not a top need for the 49ers, but they have so few holes that they can afford to take the best player available. Tank Carradine was projected to go as high as No. 19, so that's why this is a great pick. Teams can never have enough pass-rushers, and San Francisco appears set, even in the wake of injury. It's worth noting that the 49ers can have Carradine play five-technique in their defense.
55. Vance McDonald, TE, Rice: B Grade
This would have been a pretty solid pick had San Francisco not moved up. The 49ers lost Delanie Walker, so they needed an in-line tight end. Vance McDonald is a good fit and makes sense in this range. I feel like San Francisco could have stayed put and still obtained him, however. (Update: San Francisco gave up just a seventh-rounder).
88. Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB, Auburn: B Grade
I was going to say that is overkill with these pass-rushers. I can understand the 49ers adding one, but two? One of Corey Lemonier and Tank Carradine is going to be lost in the shuffle. However, it occurred to me that Carradine could play defensive end in San Francisco's scheme, so this makes much more sense. This is the right range for Lemonier.
128. Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech: A+ Grade
Why do the smart teams always gets the steals of the draft? Quinton Patton, an outstanding blocker as a wideout, should have gone off the board in the second round. The 49ers don't need a receiver right now, but they will next year when some of their players (Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham) hit free agency.
131. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina: A+ Grade
I had a feeling Marcus Lattimore would go to the 49ers. It just made so much sense. The 49ers were armed with so many picks heading into the 2013 NFL Draft. Jim Harbaugh loves to redshirt players and use them down the road. He'll do that with Lattimore once Frank Gore moves on to another team.
157. Quinton Dial, DE/DT, Alabama: B Grade
It's not surprising to see the 49ers draft a second defensive lineman. They were hurting for depth in that area heading into the 2013 NFL Draft. Quinton Dial fits the range as a fifth-round prospect.
180. Nick Moody, ILB, Florida State: B- Grade
The 49ers are obviously set with their starting inside linebackers, but they had to find some depth at some point in the 2013 NFL Draft. Nick Moody is a slight reach, but that's not a big concern in the middle of Round 6.
237. B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida: C Grade
B.J. Daniels over Matt Scott, Tyler Bray and Sean Renfree? I feel like the 49ers are trolling us.
246. Carter Bykowski, OT, Iowa State: B- Grade
I didn't have Carter Bykowski being drafted, but he still makes sense for needed tackle depth.
252. Marcus Cooper, CB, Rutgers: B Grade
It's about time the 49ers added a cornerback. They needed depth help.
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The 49ers entered the 2012 season with a great defense that in all likelihood couldn't lead the team to the Super Bowl because of the limitations at quarterback. That all changed when Jim Harbaugh named Colin Kaepernick the permanent starter in November. Kaepernick was outstanding leading up to the showdown against the Ravens in New Orleans, but struggled prior to the blackout in that contest. However, his second-half surge is what 49er fans should expect to see going forward.
- Two Safeties: Dashon Goldson is a free agent, while Donte Whitner surrendered more touchdowns than any other safety in 2012. If the Super Bowl proved anything, it's that the 49ers have to upgrade their secondary. Signed Craig Dahl
- Wide Receiver: Mario Manningham, coming off ACL and PCL tears, could be cut this offseason. Randy Moss, whose lethargy finally cost the 49ers in the Super Bowl, won't be back. San Francisco has to find a secondary wideout for Colin Kaepernick. Traded for Anquan Boldin
- Cornerback: You have to wonder if the heavily penalized Chris Culliver will be back next year after insulting the San Francisco community in the week leading up to the Super Bowl. Joe Flacco mercilessly torched Culliver, who can be upgraded. Meanwhile, Carlos Rogers will be 32, so he won't be around much longer. Signed Nnamdi Asomugha
- Rush Linebacker: Parys Haralson could be a cap casualty. The 49ers were already thin at rush linebacker, so they'll have to add depth behind Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks.
- Nose Tackle: The 49ers proved last year that they don't really need a full-time nose tackle, but they could certainly use one to make their defense better.
- Defensive End: San Francisco has to find a successor for Justin Smith, a 34-year-old entering his contract season. Signed Glenn Dorsey
- Center: Jonathan Goodwin, who just turned 34, will be entering his contract year in 2013. He could be replaced this offseason.
- Offensive Tackle: There isn't much depth behind Joe Staley and Anthony Davis.
- Tight End: San Francisco will have to find a blocking tight end if Delanie Walker isn't retained.
- Inside Linebacker: Depth is needed behind Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman. Signed Dan Skuta
- Kicker: David Akers missed more field goals than any other kicker in the NFL this past season. He was cut. Signed Phil Dawson
- Quarterback: With Alex Smith gone, the 49ers could use a veteran quarterback. Traded for Colt McCoy
2013 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Phil Dawson, K, Browns. Age: 38.
Signed with 49ers
Phil Dawson showed no signs of his age this past season, nailing 29-of-31 attempts, including a perfect 7-of-7 from 50-plus.
Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Eagles. Age: 32.
Signed with 49ers (1 year)
Aside from perhaps Darrelle Revis, Nnamdi Asomugha was viewed as the league's best cornerback when he signed a 5-year, $60 million contract right after the lockout. He was just mediocre in 2011 and then downright awful this past season, so it was a no-brainer that Philadelphia cut him, given that he was owed $15 million in 2013. Ranking Asomugha is a bit of a challenge because there's always a chance he could improve elsewhere. He won't be in Raider form, but perhaps he can become a decent starter again. On the flip side, there have been reports that Asomugha lost his passion for the game. He'll be 32 in July, so there's a good chance we'll never see the pre-Eagle Asomugha again.
Glenn Dorsey, DT, Chiefs. Age: 28.
Signed with 49ers
Glenn Dorsey is a bust as the fifth-overall selection in 2008. He can stop the run when healthy, so he's serviceable in that regard. I'd also like to see what he can do in a 4-3, a system more suited toward his strengths.
- Craig Dahl, S, Rams. Age: 28. -- Signed with 49ers (3 years)
- Adam Snyder, G, Cardinals. Age: 31. -- Signed with 49ers
- Dan Skuta, OLB, Bengals. Age: 27. -- Signed with 49ers (2 years)
- Marlon Moore (RFA), WR, Dolphins. Age: 25. -- Signed with 49ers
San Francisco 49ers Free Agents:
Salary Cap: TBA.
Dashon Goldson, S, 49ers. Age: 28.
Signed with Buccaneers (5 years)
Dashon Goldson had some issues in coverage back in 2011, but did what he needed to do to correct them this past season. Goldson made the Pro Bowl for good reason.
David Akers, K, 49ers. Age: 38.
Signed with Lions
David Akers was notorious for blowing tons of field goals in 2012. He went just 29-of-42. On the bright side, he was 4-of-5 in the playoffs. Akers is not ranked low because he dealt with a sports hernia last year. He could easily bounce back.
Delanie Walker, TE, 49ers. Age: 29.
Signed with Titans
Delanie Walker doesn't play a big part as a receiving tight end, but he's a tremendous blocker.
Ted Ginn, KR, 49ers. Age: 28.
Signed with Panthers
Ted Ginn didn't score a special-teams touchdown for the first time since 2008, but was still effective taking back punts.
Larry Grant, ILB, 49ers. Age: 28.
Larry Grant played well in relief of an injured Patrick Willis a year ago, but didn't see the field much in 2012.
Ricky Jean-Francois, DE/DT, 49ers. Age: 26.
Signed with Colts (4 years, $22 million)
Ricky Jean-Francois handled himself well when inserted into the lineup in the wake of Justin Smith's injury. He's not much of a pass-rusher, but he contained the run well.
- Isaac Sopoaga, NT, 49ers. Age: 31. -- Signed with Eagles
- Randy Moss, WR, 49ers. Age: 36.
- Tavares Gooden, ILB, 49ers. Age: 28.
- Darcel McBath (RFA), S, 49ers. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with 49ers
- Leonard Davis, G, 49ers. Age: 34.
- Billy Cundiff, K, 49ers. Age: 33.
- Clark Haggans, DE/OLB, 49ers. Age: 36.
- Tramaine Brock (RFA), CB, 49ers. Age: 25. -- Re-signed with 49ers
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