2018 Disaster Draft: The San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are the talk of the NFL. They gave Jimmy Garoppolo eleventy bajillion dollars this year, and they signed the former face of the enemy with Richard Sherman. They’re set to take a massive swing at the NFL in 2018, but their roster is extremely top-heavy. A disaster draft leaves some promising players exposed, but nobody who should be a starter on a championship squad. Obviously, they protect Jimmy Garoppolo and Richard Sherman, but who else makes the cut?

Lost to Free Agency: Eric Reid, Carlos Hyde, literally who cares this team was terrible last year


The No Doubters:

Player POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Jimmy Garoppolo QB $37,000,000 $20,000,000 $26,600,000 $26,900,000 $27,000,000
Richard Sherman CB $13,000,000 $13,000,000 $13,000,000
Joe Staley LT $7,668,750 $7,700,000 UFA
Solomon Thomas DE $6,398,719 $7,678,463 $8,958,210 UFA
Daniel Kilgore C $5,375,000 $2,775,000 $3,630,000 UFA
DeForest Buckner DT $4,961,180 $5,788,046 UFA
Arik Armstead DE $3,131,746 UFA
Trenton Brown RT $1,920,974 UFA
Ahkello Witherspoon CB $881,718 $1,058,768 $1,235,786 UFA

Jimmy Garoppolo and Richard Sherman are, so far, the crown jewels of GM John Lynch’s tenure in San Francisco, and represent just north of 28% of the 49ers 2018 cap hits. They are a tier above the rest here, the ultra no-doubters. Then we get to the trenches, where the 49ers have expended the most capital in the last few years. 49ers mainstay Joe Staley will be here until he retires, and Daniel Kilgore just signed a contract extension. The tree last first round picks of the 49ers—all along the defensive line—all garner protections. Young gun Trent Brown, who seems to be a lot of hype and potential also makes it. Ahkello Witherspoon, a standout last season at about a million bucks a year, also garners protection.


The More-Than-Likely Staying:

Player POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Pierre Garcon WR $9,250,000 $8,400,000 $11,300,000 $12,000,000 UFA
Jimmie Ward FS $8,526,000 UFA
Marquise Goodwin WR $2,750,000 UFA
Joshua Garnett G $2,537,539 $2,960,463 UFA
Adrian Colbert FS $576,196 $666,196 $756,198 UFA
Jaquiski Tartt FS $1,602,686 UFA
George Kittle TE $629,571 $719,571 $809,574 UFA

Pierre Garcon isn’t going to be long for the team with that cap hit come 2019, but he’s a monster possession receiver for the Niners. His only question is his age and injury recovery. Jimmie Ward is really good, but was hurt seven times while I typed this sentence. He should stick around, mostly due to the loss of Eric Reid. If Garoppolo and Sherman are the jewels of John Lynch’s tenure with the Niners, the Goodwin is not too far behind. Colbert and Kittle appear to be absolute steals of the 2017 draft. Tartt and Garnett are holdovers from the prior front office who are talented, but injuries shelved them for some or all of 2017.


The Leftovers:

These guys are bad players on a bad roster and will be bad somewhere else. I want to fire Zane Beadles into the sun. Reuben Foster is talented, but he may not even make the team thanks to his chronic condition known as “weed and idiocy.”

Player POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Malcolm Smith OLB $4,450,000 $5,450,000 $6,100,000 $6,550,000 UFA
Zane Beadles G $4,083,334 UFA
Earl Mitchell DT $3,850,000 $4,450,000 $4,450,000 UFA
Cassius Marsh OLB $3,481,250 $4,200,000 UFA
Garrett Celek TE $2,675,000 $2,925,000 UFA
Garry Gilliam RT $2,450,000 $5,050,000 UFA
K’Waun Williams CB $2,268,750 $2,600,000 $3,200,000 UFA
Robbie Gould K $2,250,000 UFA
Aldrick Robinson WR $2,200,000 UFA
Eli Harold OLB $2,081,344 UFA
Reuben Foster ILB $2,053,479 $2,464,175 $2,874,873 UFA
Dekoda Watson OLB $1,608,333 $2,033,334 UFA
Laken Tomlinson G $1,600,941 UFA
Ray-Ray Armstrong OLB $1,237,500
Kyle Nelson LS $1,150,000 UFA
Don Jones FS $1,100,000 UFA
C.J. Beathard QB $801,965 $962,358 $1,122,751 UFA
Bradley Pinion P $753,550 UFA
Blake Bell TE $705,000
Trovon Reed CB $705,000 RFA
Ronald Blair DE $697,601 $787,602 UFA
Aaron Burbridge WR $655,089 $745,089 UFA
Joe Williams RB $637,346 $802,346 $892,346 UFA
John Theus T $630,000 $720,000
Sheldon Day DT $630,000 $720,000 UFA
Dexter McCoil S $630,000 RFA
Tyvis Powell S $630,000 RFA
Rashard Robinson CB $630,000 $720,000
Trent Taylor WR $605,484 $695,484 $785,485 UFA
D.J. Jones DT $591,963 $681,963 $771,966 UFA
Pita Taumoepenu OLB $591,361 $681,361 $771,361 UFA
Victor Bolden WR $557,666 $647,668 RFA
Kendrick Bourne WR $556,666 $646,668 RFA
Matt Breida RB $556,666 $646,668 RFA
Erik Magnunson T $556,333 $646,334 RFA
Max McCaffrey WR $555,000 ERFA
Jeremy McNichols RB $555,000 ERFA $800,946
Cole Hikutini TE $555,000 ERFA
Cole Wick TE $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Pace Murphy T $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Darrell Williams T $555,000 ERFA
Elijah Lee OLB $555,000 ERFA
Greg Mabin CB $555,000 ERFA
Will Redmond CB $555,000 $645,000
Jimmie Gilbert OLB $484,000 $649,000 RFA
Donavin Newsom ILB $481,666 $646,668 RFA
Nick Mullens QB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Deandre Carter WR $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Andrew Lauderdale T $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Boseko Lokombo OLB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Chanceller James S $480,000 $645,000 RFA
Channing Stribling CB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Malik Golden S $480,000


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