Golden Nuggets: Dolphins GM Chris Grier recalls how aggressive the 49ers were when they traded to number 3

On Wednesday we saw changes in the rules and the jersey number. In addition, the 49ers have officially signed RB Wayne Gallman and Edge Rusher Arden Key. I wonder if that closes the door on a Ronald Blair reunion. Blair visited the Niners a few weeks ago.

I loved this conversation Matt Maiocco had with Quincy Avery. Then you have this piece by Eric Branch pulling back the layers on a touchy topic related to black quarterbacks. The content was fantastic.

Dolphins GM recalls 49ers’ trading activity: ‘it took guts’

“We’ve had some teams call,” Grier said. They were talking about coming to three. We felt comfortable where we were and once we evaluated it, San Francisco was clearly very aggressive. John was great to deal with. He was very open and honest, transparent. “

“As we worked through it, we thought with the offers we had discussed, once they gave us the offer we were happy to accept, we decided it was important for us to get back into that top 10. come. San Francisco could happen, we kind of reached out to a few teams just to gauge whether they would move or not. “

“There were many teams who wanted to wait. They wanted to wait. It takes guts to do such a thing, so I give credit to both San Francisco and Philadelphia for doing it. “

Ransom’s Report: A Look at Amon-Ra St. Brown

Certainly handed over: Amon-Ra St. Brown has hands you can trust. Very rarely will he drop a catchable ball, and he will do his best to catch balls at the highest point to prevent defenders from getting their hands on passes. He is also good at adapting to passing and making catches with defenders draped over him. Especially in the red zone.

Yards after catch: While he won’t provide the YAC skill we see with a prospect like Rondale Moore, he’s certainly no slouch after the catch. He can be elusive and bypass defenders for extra distance, or he can keep his head down and get the extra few yards after contact. Ideal for situations near the poles.

Versatility: St. Brown is not limited to just queuing outside, or just queuing. He did both in USC and was effective in both places. Shanahan likes to place his receivers in different positions, so having that experience playing in both places can be a plus if Shanahan is interested.

Mail Bag: Would the 49ers Really Design Mac Jones with the Third Choice?

From Craig Ginsberg (@CraigAdamG): Which of the 3 QBs after Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson has the best chance of falling in the draft?

Craig, I think they’ll all go in the first 10 picks. Now if you asked me to set a range, I would set Fields ‘range at three to eight, Lance’s range at three to nine, and Jones’ range at three to fifteen, with Jones probably still will take third place.

I think that reflects the truth, which is that this is a very, very strong quarterback class with multiple players worthy of going first overall, and the one that will stand in the position as a real generation opportunity. I’d also like to add that sliding a quarterback can sometimes be a blessing in disguise. By not coming all the way to the top, Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes were available to consistent contenders with a ton of stability in the front office and the coaching staff. Guys lined up for those two didn’t have that advantage.

Kawakami: 11 memories from Alex Smith of his pioneering 49ers career

5. When everyone close to him wanted him to run the 49ers

This was after the 2010 season when Smith had finally achieved free agency. He’d gone through hell with the 49ers. They had lined up Kaepernick in the second round and were theoretically looking for an experienced QB. Wasn’t it time to start his career elsewhere? Smith’s family thought so. His agent thought so. I sure thought so.

But no: Smith met Harbaugh a few times, who had just been hired before the league sidelined the players out of season. And Smith decided that if Harbaugh wanted him, he wanted to stay, so he signed a one-year contract.

“I think my upbringing – I think I got it from my dad – just because it might be the easiest thing to do doesn’t mean it’s the right choice to do,” Smith said a few months later. . ‘I just felt like it was the easy way out. “Well, I’ll just leave and go elsewhere.” Like, in fact, (indicating) it was their fault, it wasn’t me. “