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49ers Ultimate Redraft: Richard Sherman, Aldon Smith have names called

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Editor’s note: The voice of the 49ers, Greg Papa, takes on NBC Sports Bay Area 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco in the 49ers Ultimate Draft. They both chose a stacked squad full of legends from the past and your favorite players from today. Our team of experts will dissect and analyze the merits of each team until a winner is crowned.

By now, you've seen how 49ers insider Matt Maiocco and play-by-play man Greg Papa selected their teams in the 49ers Ultimate Draft. Both teams were allowed 11 spots on offense and defense, a kicker, a punter, a kick returner and a coach. Players had to either have played for the 49ers for at least five seasons or be on the current roster. Each team was allowed one wild-card selection who did not have to abide by the rules.

You saw how their draft panned out, and let's just say Papa better get his touchdown call ready because his team should be running up and down the field on Maiocco's.

As with all things hindsight is 20/20, so NBC Sports Bay Area's Josh Schrock and Dalton Johnson decided to do their own redraft. You'll notice the teams look a little different. We respect the years of knowledge both Maiocco and Papa have collected, but our teams skewed a bit younger since the caliber of athletes has changed a lot in the last 50 or 60 years. There also was some strategy and gamesmanship in the draft. After Dalton took Joe Montana with the first pick, Josh waited to select Steve Young until the final pick, knowing he couldn't be taken off the board.

 

Dalton also threw a wrench in things when he selected left tackle Trent Williams, who, while never having played a down for the 49ers, is on the current roster. We waited until later to select our coaches because as good as Bill Walsh is, he can't just coach anyone to a Super Bowl.

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Let's get into it. Below are the rosters along with the pick that was used to select each member followed by the general manager defending his selections.

Team Schrock

Coach Bill Walsh (38)

OFFENSE

QB Steve Young (51)
RB Frank Gore (18)
RB Garrison Hearst (19)
WR Jerry Rice (2)
WR Michael Crabtree (27)

TE George Kittle (10)
LT Joe Staley (14)
LG Jesse Sapolu (22)

C Forrest Blue (35)
RG Guy McIntyre (31)
RT Mike McGlinchey (50)

DEFENSE

DL Bryant Young (6)
DL Justin Smith (7)
DL Aldon Smith (23)
DL Charlie Krueger (42)

LB NaVorro Bowman (11)
LB Ahmad Brooks (26)
LB Bill Romanowski (39)
CB Jimmy Johnson (30)
CB Richard Sherman (34)
S Ronnie Lott (3)
S Merton Hanks (15)

Special Teams

K Phil Dawson (43)
P Tommy Davis (47)
KS Abe Woodson (46)

So you might look at my roster and think, "Wow, this guy's pretty good. Who is he, the next Sashi Brown?" Maybe. Things got a little wonky at linebacker when I selected Romanowski late, but I wanted my team to have a little bit of an edge. Sometimes you just need someone who wants to knock the chocolate out of people.

Sherman was an easy pick for my second corner and McGlinchey was a no-brainer at right tackle. I have no doubt that Keith Fahnhorst and Kermit Alexander could play, but Sherman is coming off a season in which he regained his Pro Bowl form and McGlinchey looks to be the answer at right tackle for a decade. It wasn't really tough.

Getting Garrison Hearst, who ran for over 5,500 yards while with the 49ers despite missing two whole seasons was a huge boon to my offense. Pairing him with Gore should give us a potent ground attack. The Crabtree pick wasn't my best moment, but with Rice and Kittle already in the fold, I just wanted someone who could at least make Dalton's defense think. Should I have drafted J.J. Stokes or Billy Wilson? Meh.

As for my defensive line, Young and the Smiths will absolutely wreak havoc on Dalton's offensive line, which, apart from Williams, doesn't scare me. Aldon Smith was an easy wild-card pick. He had 44 sacks and 81 quarterback hits in 50 games with the 49ers, and we know he works well with Justin Smith. Welcome aboard, Aldon. -- JS

 

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TEAM JOHNSON

Coach George Seifert (52)

OFFENSE

QB Joe Montana (1)
RB Roger Craig (12)
RB Joe Perry (49)
WR Terrell Owens (5)
WR Dwight Clark (21)
TE Vernon Davis (24)
LT Trent Williams (16)
LG Mike Iupati (25)
C Randy Cross (33)
RG Howard Mudd (40)
RT Robert St. Clair (29)

Defense

DL Charles Haley (9)
DL Dana Stubblefield (13)
DL Leo Nomellini (28)
EDGE Cedrick Hardman (36)
LB Patrick Willis (4)
LB Ken Norton Jr. (20)
LB Dave Wilcox (37)
CB Deion Sanders (8)

CB Eric Wright (17)
S Dashon Goldson (44)
S Dwight Hicks (45)

Special Teams

K Ray Wersching (48)
P Andy Lee (41)
KS John Taylor (32)


Rule No. 1: Always read the fine print. That's exactly what I did with my Williams pick. The rules state that a player has to have played for the 49ers for at least five years -- there also is a wild card where the five-years rules doesn't apply -- or be on the current roster. Bingo, give me the seven-time Pro Bowler to protect Joe Montana.

Let's look at all my offensive weapons first. Montana can sling the pill to Terrell Owens, Dwight Clark, John Taylor, Vernon Davis or Roger Craig, who had over 4,900 receiving yards out of the backfield. He was the first player who gained over 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season, paving the way for Marshall Faulk and Christian McCaffrey.

Davis somehow wasn't selected in Maiocco and Papa's draft, which I'm still wrapping my head around. He leads all tight ends in franchise history in receiving yards at 5,640, which also ranks sixth among all positions for San Francisco. His 55 touchdowns for the 49ers are fourth all time.

Iupati was new to our draft, too, and I couldn't be happier pairing him with Williams. The former first-round draft pick was an All-Pro in 2012, making three straight Pro Bowls in San Francisco from 2012 to 2014.

Another new name was Ken Norton Jr. to pair with linebackers Patrick Willis and Dave Wilcox. Norton played his final seven seasons in San Francisco where he was an All-Pro in 1995 and twice made the Pro Bowl.

Loopholes Win Championships. That's a saying, right? It is now. -- DJ

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