Tracking 49ers GM Baalke's draft record

Tracking 49ers GM Baalke's draft record

Trent Baalke reiterated this weekend that 49ers ownership has provided him with all the support required in his position as general manager.

And with the team falling to 1-10 with a franchise-worst 10-game losing streak, Baalke pointed the finger directly at himself during an appearance on the 49ers’ pregame show on KNBR prior to the team’s 31-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

“I feel bad for the fans, I feel bad for a lot of people, the ownership in particular,” Baalke said. “You know, they give us everything we need and I’ve said that. I’ve gone public with that. If we don’t get it done, put it on me. We’ve got all the resources necessary. Funding has never been an issue at the free-agent market, or any other thing that we’ve needed. So it falls strictly on my shoulders. I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed with the outcome up until now.”

Baalke’s comments were similar to what he told reporters on Nov. 14, before the 49ers’ game against the Arizona Cardinals.

The 49ers have not been significant players in free agency. Their only notable free-agent acquisition this year was guard Zane Beadles, who has started all 11 games.

Baalke has labeled the 49ers as a “draft and develop” team. The 49ers have made 69 draft picks since Baalke took control of player personnel prior to the 2010 draft. The 49ers’ 53-man roster is comprised of 24 draft picks with five other players, including first-round picks Arik Armstead and Eric Reid, currently on injured reserve.

Here is a look at all of the 49ers’ draft picks since 2010 and their current status:

First-round picks (9)
T Anthony Davis (2010) – Retired
G Mike Iupati (2010) – Starter, Arizona
OLB Aldon Smith (2011) – Suspended list, Oakland
WR A.J. Jenkins (2012) – Out of NFL
S Eric Reid (2013) – Injured reserve, 49ers
DB Jimmie Ward (2014) – Starter, 49ers
DL Arik Armstead (2015) – Injured reserve, 49ers
DL DeForest Buckner (2016) – Starter, 49ers
G Joshua Garnett (2016) – Starter, 49ers

Second-round picks (7)
S Taylor Mays (2010) – Out of NFL
QB Colin Kaepernick (2011) – Starter, 49ers
RB LaMichael James (2012) – Out of NFL
OLB Tank Carradine (2013) – Backup, 49ers
TE Vance McDonald (2013) – Starter, 49ers
RB Carlos Hyde (2014) – Starter, 49ers
S Jaquiski Tartt (2015) – Starter, 49ers

Third-round picks (8)
LB NaVorro Bowman (2010) – Injured reserve, 49ers
CB Chris Culliver (2011) – Out of NFL
OLB Corey Lemonier (2013) – Backup, Cleveland
C Marcus Martin (2014) – Backup, 49ers
LB Chris Borland (2014) -- Retired
G Brandon Thomas (2014) – Practice squad, Detroit
OLB Eli Harold (2015) – Backup, 49ers
CB Will Redmond (2016) – Injured reserve, 49ers

Fourth-round picks (10)
RB Kendall Hunter (2011) – Out of NFL
G Joe Looney (2012) – Backup, Dallas
WR Quinton Patton (2013) – Starter, 49ers
RB Marcus Lattimore (2013) -- Retired
WR Bruce Ellington (2014) – Injured reserve, 49ers
CB Dontae Johnson (2014) – Backup, 49ers
TE Blake Bell (2015) – Backup, 49ers
RB Mike Davis (2015) – Backup, 49ers
WR DeAndre Smelter (2015) – Practice squad, 49ers
CB Rashard Robinson (2016) – Backup, 49ers

Fifth-round picks (9)
C Daniel Kilgore (2011) – Starter, 49ers
OLB Darius Fleming (2012) – Out of NFL
DL Quinton Dial (2013) – Starter, 49ers
OLB Aaron Lynch (2014) – Starter, 49ers
CB Keith Reaser (2014) – Backup, 49ers
P Bradley Pinion (2015) – Starter, 49ers
DL Ronald Blair (2016) – Backup, 49ers
T John Theus (2016) – Backup, 49ers
G Fahn Cooper (2016) – Injured/practice squad, 49ers

Sixth-round picks (13)
RB Anthony Dixon (2010) – Out of NFL
TE Nate Byham (2010) – Out of NFL
WR Kyle Williams (2010) – Out of NFL
WR Ronald Johnson (2011) – Out of NFL
DB Colin Jones (2011) – Backup, Carolina
S Trent Robinson (2012) – Out of NFL
OL Jason Slowey (2012) – Out of NFL
LB Nick Moody (2013) – Out of NFL
CB Kenneth Acker (2013) – Backup, Kansas City
G Ian Silberman (2015) – Practice squad, Oakland
QB Jeff Driskel (2016) – Backup, Cincinnati
RB Kelvin Taylor (2016) – Released from practice squad, 49ers
WR Aaron Burbridge (2016) – Backup, 49ers

Seventh-round picks (13)
CB Phillip Adams (2010) – Out of NFL
FB Bruce Miller (2011) – Out of NFL
G Michael Person (2011) – Backup, Kansas City
CB Curtis Holcomb (2011) – Out of NFL
OLB Cam Johnson (2012) – Starter, Cleveland
QB B.J. Daniels (2013) – Out of NFL
OL Carter Bykowski (2013) – Practice squad, Atlanta
CB Marcus Cooper (2013) – Starter, Arizona
DL Kaleb Ramsey (2014) – Suspended list/Out of NFL
FB Trey Millard (2014) – Injured reserve, Kansas City
T Trent Brown (2015) – Starter, 49ers
TE Busta Anderson (2015) – Injured, practice squad, Chicago
CB Prince Charles Iworah (2016) – Practice squad, 49ers

Sherman makes his concern over Reid's free-agency status loud and clear


Sherman makes his concern over Reid's free-agency status loud and clear

Safety Eric Reid, who has 69 career starts and one Pro Bowl appearance in his five-year NFL career, remains available on the open market more than a week after the opening of free agency.

Reid has received no reported interest from NFL teams in what has been an unusually soft market for free-agent safeties. But, with Reid, there is another variable that could be playing a factor.

Reid was at the forefront of the social activism that has been a major storyline in the NFL since the beginning of the 2016 season. Reid and former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the national anthem in protest of racial inequality in America.

Reid has remained outspoken and has taken a knee as a way to “make people uncomfortable about the issues.” Reid has been clear his protest has nothing to do with the flag or the anthem.

“The anthem is just a vehicle to get us to have those conversations,” Reid told NBC Sports Bay Area last season. “It’s the platform we have. It’s the only time we have to get the eyeballs on us to do that. If we just did locker-room talks afterward, nobody would even know. Strategically, this is the only way we thought we could do it.”

Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman, who signed a three-year contract with the 49ers on March 10, had been the Seattle Seahawks’ player representative. He is a vice president of the NFL Players Association. Reid was the 49ers’ union representative.

Sherman said he is keeping a close eye on Reid’s situation.

“We are concerned, because he played at a high level for just about every year that he’s played in this league,” Sherman said on Tuesday. “He’s made enough plays to be signed with a team and to make his money. He deserves his money. Safeties make a certain amount. I would think he’s top-five, top-10 safeties in this league, so he deserves to be paid accordingly.

“So there is concern there, because you would think a player of his caliber and his quality would be picked up by now. I think great teams are still looking and people are still looking for players. I’m praying that he gets picked up. But if he doesn’t, then I think there will be a conversation with the league office and the union on potential league action.”

Kaepernick never got so much as an opportunity to compete for an NFL roster spot during training camp last season. Could Reid, 26, be heading for the same fate?

Reid addressed the issue last week on social media:

“The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I’ve protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous. If you think is, then your mindset is part of the problem too.”

The 49ers have not placed a priority on re-signing Reid. The club already has potential starting safeties Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert under contract for the upcoming season.

Reid, whom the 49ers traded up to select with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, has 10 career interceptions. He appeared to thrive last season in run support as a safety who played closer to the line of scrimmage.

From Eli to Jimmy G, 49ers' new center ready to protect Garoppolo


From Eli to Jimmy G, 49ers' new center ready to protect Garoppolo

New 49ers center Weston Richburg will be joining what he has heard is a good group of offensive linemen, led by six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley, the longest-tenured 49ers player.

Richburg, 26, said he is also looking forward to working closely with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, 26. The 49ers expect the players to be on the field a lot together over the coming seasons. Garoppolo and Richburg both signed five-year contracts through the 2022 season this offseason.

When asked on The 49ers Insider Podcast if the organization’s long-term commitment to Garoppolo had any influence on his decision to come to the Bay Area after four seasons with the New York Giants, Richburg answered, “Doesn’t hurt.”

“You look at of the teams that have a lot of success -- the team he just came from, what I just came from -- there are two quarterbacks on those teams that have been there who have had success who work extremely hard at their craft,” Richburg said. “So I think see that in Jimmy. I’m excited to be a little part of what he does.”

Richburg played out of position at left guard in his rookie season. Over the next two years, he started 31 of 32 games at center, in front of two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning. Garoppolo came to the 49ers in an October trade from New England after spending most of his 3 1/2 NFL seasons behind Tom Brady.

Richburg said he expects to develop a good rapport with his quarterback – a must for an offense to function at a high level.

“If it’s bad, I think it can hurt you,” Richburg said of the center-quarterback dynamic. “But if it’s good, it can help.

“I think we’re going to have a good relationship. We’re around the same age. I think we’ll be able to pick each other’s brains, feed off each other, work together. That’s part of the position of center that I like the most is kind of the cerebral part of it and working with a quarterback, getting everything situated, getting everything running.”

Richburg started just four games last season and finished the season on injured reserve with a concussion. He said it was the first concussion he has experienced and is feeling good.

“It was new territory,” Richburg said, “but I’m feeling very good right now. I’m excited. I think I got a little more itch to go play football right now since it’s been a little longer for me.”