1. What to Expect from San Francisco 49ers' Pass Rush Early in 2014 Season

    With a new-look secondary and a possible suspension to their best pass-rusher, the San Francisco 49ers naturally start the regular season against two of the most prolific passing offenses in the NFL ...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 6 days ago 4,708 reads 21 comments

  2. 5 Moves San Francisco 49ers Should Have Made This Offseason

    The San Francisco 49ers have had a productive offseason, highlighted by a strong NFL draft haul. However, it hasn't been perfect, even when looking past player holdouts. Inevitably, mistakes are made every offseason by each team...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 15 days ago 17,220 reads 28 comments

  3. 5 Sleepers to Watch in San Francisco 49ers' Camp

    Inevitably, every season a sleeper or two surprises us and makes the San Francisco 49ers ' 53-man roster. Among the surprises last year were long-snapper Kevin McDermott and special teams ace Raymond Ventrone...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 22 days ago 13,677 reads 16 comments

  4. Which Areas Have the San Francisco 49ers Strengthened Most This Offseason?

    Back in March, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh stressed the need to find more dynamic receivers for their passing game. Naturally, they strengthened that area...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 27 days ago 8,992 reads 7 comments

  5. Ranking San Francisco 49ers' 10 Best Moves of 2014 Offseason

    In the 2014 offseason, the San Francisco 49ers re-signed a 1,000-yard wide receiver, drafted a highly rated center prospect and traded for an offensive threat from the AFC East. All three made the cut for San Francisco's 10 best offseason moves...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 1 month ago 17,176 reads 30 comments

  6. Identifying San Francisco 49ers' 5 Biggest Flaws Ahead of 2014 Season

    The San Francisco 49ers have legitimate Super Bowl aspirations for the 2014 season, but that doesn't mean they're flawless. Their flaws aren't as glaring as some of the NFL 's bottom-feeders, but they're issues nonetheless...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 1 month ago 26,220 reads 97 comments

  7. The 5 Biggest Issues Facing San Francisco 49ers as OTAs Near a Close

    Not all of the news surrounding the San Francisco 49ers organized team activities (OTAs) has been positive. Here, I focus on five of the biggest issues that have arisen since OTAs began two weeks ago...

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  8. Colin Kaepernick's Extension Is a Steal for the San Francisco 49ers

    When news broke that Colin Kaepernick had struck a six-year, $126 million contract extension with a record-breaking $61 million guaranteed, many responded by saying, "The 49ers overpaid...

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  9. An In-Depth Look at San Francisco 49ers' Most Intriguing Pick, Bruce Ellington

    At South Carolina , he averaged 22.7 yards per kickoff return, 15.0 yards per catch and 11.2 points per game...the latter on the basketball court...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 3 months ago 11,649 reads 13 comments

  10. Initial Post-Draft Depth Chart for San Francisco 49ers

    The San Francisco 49ers will have some tough decisions to make in the coming months regarding their depth chart. At the time of this writing, the Niners have the rights to 93 players...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 3 months ago 15,157 reads 27 comments

  11. Final San Francisco 49ers' 1st-Round Big Board and 5-Round Mock Draft

    When the San Francisco 49ers are on the clock during the 2014 NFL draft, they'll have plenty of great options at positions of need. That's particularly true if they select at least once in the first round...

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  12. Re-Drafting San Francisco 49ers' 2013 NFL Draft

    If the San Francisco 49ers could go back in time knowing what they know today, whom would they have selected in the 2013 NFL draft? I gave it my best guess in the following slides...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 3 months ago 4,686 reads 16 comments

  13. Kyle Fuller vs. Jason Verrett: Which Star CB Would Be the Better Pick for 49ers?

    The San Francisco 49ers are in need of another starting-caliber cornerback entering the 2014 NFL draft, and both Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller and TCU's Jason Verrett fit the bill...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 3 months ago 6,694 reads 27 comments

  14. Pass-Rushers San Francisco 49ers Should Target Early in 2014 NFL Draft

    Before the latest Aldon Smith hoopla, the outside linebacker position was a moderate need for the San Francisco 49ers ...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 4 months ago 4,367 reads 11 comments

  15. How Can San Francisco 49ers Best Utilize Arsenal of 2014 Draft Picks?

    The San Francisco 49ers are in win-now mode, and that could change their draft strategy. In the Jim Harbaugh era, the Niners have been willing to trade back to pick up additional selections in future drafts...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 4 months ago 11,009 reads 80 comments

  16. San Francisco 49ers' Best and Worst Draft Picks of Last 10 Classes

    The draft nightmare. I know you San Francisco 49ers fans have had it. The one when you're talking in your sleep, calling out "Woods, Balmer, Jenkins...I can't take another first-round bust!" OK, maybe not all of you have had that dream...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 4 months ago 7,150 reads 11 comments

  17. How Top CBs in NFL Draft Would Fit in San Francisco 49ers Defense

    Since free agency started March 11, the San Francisco 49ers have re-signed Anquan Boldin and filled needs at safety and backup quarterback...

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  18. San Francisco 49ers Role Players Who Will Become Starters in 2014

    Of the 22 starting spots on the San Francisco 49ers offense and defense, most will be filled by players who started last year. For example, Vernon Davis is not about to be unseated by Vance McDonald...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 4 months ago 8,308 reads 16 comments

  19. 5 Cap-Friendly Moves San Francisco 49ers Should Make This Offseason

    Over the next couple of weeks, general manager Trent Baalke will have some tough decisions to make regarding the San Francisco 49ers ' 2014 roster...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 5 months ago 10,129 reads 45 comments

  20. How Top WRs in NFL Draft Would Fit in San Francisco 49ers Offense

    Even after inking Anquan Boldin to a two-year extension, the San Francisco 49ers could use another wide receiver to add to their aerial arsenal...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 5 months ago 7,828 reads 36 comments

  21. Examining the San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl Window

    The San Francisco 49ers ' Super Bowl window has been a divisive topic of discussion this offseason. The Niners have been the victim of tough luck on the NFL biggest stages, ...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 5 months ago 8,113 reads 44 comments

  22. Breaking Down San Francisco 49ers' Offseason Options for Their Secondary

    The San Francisco 49ers chose not to extend Donte Whitner or Tarell Brown, even though both have been valuable contributors over the last few seasons. Now, they're left with two tough decisions to make...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 5 months ago 5,206 reads 17 comments

  23. How Good Can Michael Crabtree Be If He Stays Healthy?

    2013 was a forgettable year for Michael Crabtree . The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver missed the first 11 games of the regular season...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 6 months ago 4,083 reads 11 comments

  24. Why NaVorro Bowman's Recovery Is Most Important Offseason Item for 49ers

    When NaVorro Bowman tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee in the NFC Championship Game, it felt like two seasons for the San Francisco 49ers were slipping away...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 6 months ago 3,988 reads 18 comments

  25. Ranking San Francisco 49ers Free Agents Based on Importance of Return

    Anquan Boldin, Donte Whitner and Phil Dawson were three of the San Francisco 49ers ' most consistent performers in 2013. And they all could become unrestricted free agents by March 11...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 6 months ago 13,153 reads 44 comments