It's almost gotten to the point where the 2014 season should just be forfeited to the San Francisco 49ers by the rest of the league. They've dominated with each and every pick during the NFL draft to add to an already dominant roster.
The latest pick for San Francisco was a talented wide receiver from South Carolina:
#49ers get their receiver Bruce Ellington from South Carolina. He is was one of the best players on the board.— Bill Williamson (@BWilliamsonESPN) May 10, 2014
Many were surprised to still see Bruce Ellington on the board, considering just how talented of a player Ellington is. Former NFL scout Russell Lande had this to say about Ellington:
Once again the 49ers hit a home run with the pick of B. Ellington. He is the explosive, dynamic offensive weapon their offense needs.— Russell Lande (@RUSSLANDE) May 10, 2014
While the addition of Ellington was certainly a nice one, it is just one of a number of fantastic picks by the 49ers.
Take a look at their picks so far in this year's draft:
It's possible that every one of those picks above makes an impact in their first year in the league. In fact, it wouldn't be surprising to see all of them play significantly, starting in Week 1.
Jimmie Ward is a talented safety/slot cornerback who has a knack for making plays on the ball. Carlos Hyde is basically Frank Gore 2.0 and could end up as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart. Marcus Martin dominates against the run and should be a starter from the get-go.
We also can't forget about Chris Borland's non-stop motor, Brandon Thomas' potential or Bruce Ellington's playmaking skills. The amount of overall talent that the 49ers have brought in through the draft is borderline criminal to the rest of the league.
#49ers WR depth chart: Michael Crabtree Anquan Boldin Stevie Johnson Quinton Patton Bruce Ellington Brandon Lloyd Jon Baldwin— Evan Silva (@evansilva) May 10, 2014
What's even more impressive about what the 49ers are doing in this year's draft is how it sets them up for the future. Andrew Brandt of ESPN pointed this point out after the Ellington pick:
49ers scouting gets it: draft is not about needs now; it's about needs in two years.— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) May 10, 2014
Now these picks will certainly make impacts this year, but their true value will come in 2015 and beyond. They'll combine with last year's picks like Marcus Lattimore and Tank Carradine to form an impressive core for San Francisco to build around for years.
While calling the 49ers the best team in the league may seem like a stretch, it's the absolute truth. The only team ahead of them following the Super Bowl was the Seattle Seahawks.
However, the Seahawks lost a ton of talent in the offseason from that Super Bowl team:
|Golden Tate||WR||Detroit Lions|
|Chris Clemons||DE||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Red Bryant||DT||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Brandon Browner||CB||New England Patriots|
|Walter Thurmond||CB||New York Giants|
Those players above were all starters who consistently made big plays for Seattle. The Seahawks have also struggled in the draft to add players to fill the voids they currently have on their roster.
Are the 49ers the best team in the NFL?
With the Seahawks sliding a little, the 49ers really have no excuse to not be the best team during the 2014 season. They have the talent on both sides of the ball to completely dominate from start to finish.
While other teams may have something to say about the crown already being put on the 49ers' brow, there's nothing that San Francisco hasn't done in this draft to deserve the title of best team heading into the upcoming season.