Head Coach: Kyle Shanahan
2020 Record: 6-10
So what was the ‘Niners excuse for falling to the NFC west basement in 2020? Just a bit of an issue with injuries. No one important… just their QB,, best offensive player, a couple of wideouts, 2 best RB. Oh, and the entire D line. And half the secondary. By they end of the season all of the guys who went into the hall of fame this year probably could have started… as they are today. It’s a miracle San Fran won the 6 gmes they did.
2021 Draft Picks
1-3 QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2-48 G Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3 RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3-102 CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5-155 T Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5-172 DB Deommodore Lenoir Oregon
5-180 DB Talanoa Hufanga USC
6-194 RB Elijah Mitchell ULM
Trey Lance was a gamble; his talent is undeniable, but his body of work is concerningly small. It’s an easy choice to make, though, when you’ve got a guy under center who’s been to a Super Bowl recently. Sermon could be a steal in the 3rd round. Banks is a beast on the O line, and there are some good defensive prospects in the late picks.
Offensive Coordinator: Mike McDaniel
2020 Points Scored: 376 (21st)
The 49ers are locked and loaded. Everyone is now healthy, and all of the predictions from last year calling for another Super Bowl run are realistic again. The one question that could caise issues… if Jimmy G falters, how quick will Shannahan be to pull the trigger on Lance?
Defensive Coordinator: DeMeco Ryans
2020 Points Allowed: 390 (17th)
If there was a positive to the 49ers 2020 season, it was that with their defensive stars down, some new players emerged who might have gone undiscovered otherwise. DeMeco Ryans has plenty of weapons in the armory, and this could be an elite unit again… if they stay healthy.
K Robbie Gould and P Mitch Wishnowski return. Both are solid. It looks in camp like the 49ers are planning to have Brandon Aiyuk return kicks, which will add a big play threat there.
If Things Go Well
Jimmy G stays healthy, the D returns to form, and the ‘Niners battle the Rams for the NFC West title.
If They Don’t
Trey Lance is thrown to the wolves too early, and the D doesn’t look at all like it did 2 years ago.
If Garopolo stays healthy… if, in fact, the 49ers can as a team, this is a clear cut playoff team. If the D thrives it’s a Super Bowl Contender.
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