San Francisco 49ers
Division: NFC West
Rd 1, Pick 30 – WR A.J. Jenkins from Illinois
Rd 2, Pick 29 (61) – RB LaMichael James from Oregon
Rd 4, Pick 22 (117) (From Lions) – G Joe Looney from Wake Forest
Rd 5, Pick 30 (165) – OLB Darius Fleming from Notre Dame
Rd 6, Pick 10 (180) (From Panthers) – FS Trent Robinson from Michigan St.
Rd 6, Pick 29 (199) – C Jason Slowey from Western Oregon
Rd 7, Pick 30 (237) – DE Cam Johnson from Virginia
Free Agent Acquisitions:
RB: Brandon Jacobs
WR: Mario Manningham
WR: Randy Moss
QB: Josh Johnson
RB: Rock Cartwright
LS: Ryan Pontbriand
QB: Alex Smith
WR: Ted Ginn Jr.
DB: Carlos Rogers
WR: Brett Swain
LB: Tavares Gooden
DB: Tramaine Brock
DT: Will Tukuafu
DB: C.J. Spillman
S: Dashon Goldson (Franchise Tag hasn’t signed tender)
LB: Ahmad Brooks
DB: Perrish Cox
P: Andy Lee
LB: Larry Grant
WR: Braylon Edwards (Cut)
WR: Josh Morgan (to Washington Redskins)
DB: Shawntae Spencer (to Oakland Raiders)
WR: Dontavia Bogan (Waived)
2011 Record: 13-3
Team Averages for 2011
2012 Projected Record: 13-3 or 14-2
Evaluation: As all of us football fans know, the 49ers had an awesome 2011 season with head coach Jim Harbaugh taking over the team and completely turning around the franchise and getting the fans in San Francisco and the Bay Area excited about 49ers football again. I, for one, was also very excited to see the 49ers return to being a legitimate contender in the league. I loved watching their games when they were shown here in San Diego. It was great seeing them full of energy again which starts with Harbaugh and dominating on defense. That playoff game against the Saints will go down as one of the all-time classic playoff games in NFL history. That game was so much fun to watch! That game had all the things us football fans love so much about the game: exciting plays, intense moments, cheering loudly at big plays, yelling at bad calls, unpredictable moments and down to the wire crazy game ending finishes. That game is one I will always remember.
Fast forward to this offseason the 49ers have made some great moves in making their already strong team even stronger with the big name playmaker free agents and solid draft picks and playmakers from the college ranks. Mix in the stability the organization has finally found with Harbaugh. Along with Alex Smith finally not having to worry about learning a whole new system and can finally focus on fine tuning his game. This team is just loading up for another great 2012 season. Some of the notable free agents the team picked up this offseason with: Brandon Jacobs, Rock Cartwright, Mario Manningham, and Randy Moss will only add to their offense. They bring with them veteran knowledge, super bowl winning experience and a level of trust for Alex Smith and the young 49ers offense. Also the team has resigned most of their big name players from last season, though they still need Dashon Golson to sign his franchise tag tender.
The 49ers had a solid draft to also add some new players into the mix as well to add depth and some offensive weapons that will certainly be used this upcoming season with A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James. Jenkins will give Smith another weapon alongside Moss, Manningham, and Davis to throw to and also Jenkins will get tons of great knowledge from these great playmakers during minicamp, training camp, and during the season once he gets in-game experience at the next level. This also goes for LaMichael James as well in the backfield with Gore and Jacobs. James will be the Darren Sproles type player for the offense which will give them multiple formations to use making them a pick your poison kind of offense this season. The offense does need to do better on third down and convert first downs more this season than just going three and out. I think it is safe to say they will improve on that for sure. With all the talk of Smith looking very much improved from last season in minicamp and all the talk of Randy Moss back to his playmaking self like he was with the Patriots, this offense will be dangerous this upcoming season.
Add to that the tough physical defense of the 49ers with that unit having lots of depth upfront, in the linebacking core, and the very physical and INT producing secondary – this team will be a challenge for all the teams they face this season. They will for sure stay at the top of the defensive rankings in the league. With this team just getting even more stronger this season and Alex Smith very comfortable and commanding the offense with confidence, getting on the same page with his new weapons will be smooth the 49ers will come out of the gate this season with guns blazing so watch out. I, along with their fans and football fans in general, can’t wait to watch the show this team will put on and have great success again during the season. Hopefully making it to the playoffs again and make another push for the super bowl.