49ers started scrambling to get to the phones when Brandon Aiyuk fell past the Eagles

Brandon Aiyuk

John Lynch told NBC Sports Mike Trico on Tuesdays “Lunch Talk Live” that the 49ers originally never had any interest in moving up in the draft. At first, they wanted to accumulate picks and move back in the draft but all of that changed when the Eagles selected Former TCU wide receiver, Jalen Reagor, with the 21st pick.

Once the Eagles selected Jalen Reagor, the 49er’s felt they had a very realistic chance of drafting Brandon Aiyuk if they were able to trade up. The Niners had Aiyuk and former Oklahoma Star WR Ceedee Lamb as their two highest receivers on the board according to Coach Kyle Shanahan. John Lynch said he would have selected Aiyuk at 13 if Kinlaw was not available.

It makes sense that they had Brandon Aiyuk so high on their board as he is very dangerous after making the catch. These players tend to thrive in Coach Shanahan’s offense as he likes to get players into open space to make plays. The 49ers utilize a zone-running game forcing more players into the box for the opposing defense. They used this to their advantage as it helps to get their receivers into favorable matchups.

The 49ers had a conservative mindset coming into the draft. Once they saw an opportunity to grab a 1st round talent in the 2nd round, they knew they had to hop on the phones and make it happen.

 

The Los Angeles Chargers would have selected Tua Tagovaiola if Herbert was taken at 3rd overall

Tua Tagovailoa

Today on the Pat McAffe show, the Chargers GM Tom Telesco spoke with Pat about the preceding weeks leading to the draft and their views coming into this upcoming draft season. Tom disclosed that they had selected three quarterbacks (Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovaiola, and Justin Herbert) for their draft board picks and would have selected Tua if Justin was taken before their pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

After hearing about the leak regarding the Dolphins looking for an OT, Tom said he didn’t really ever believe that they would pass up on a QB.

Tom has made it clear that he is hopeful that this will be one of the few times they have a top spot in the draft and said he felt it was important for them to draft a QB. He joked that he will not be the GM for too long if they keep having these top draft picks.

The Chargers have one of the most talented rosters on paper in the NFL even if that was not reflected in their 2019 season.  Last year, they had a few factors that caused them to start playing losing football games. Phillip Rivers seemed to be losing his touch and battling against father time as well as they had contract negotiations with Melvin Gordon for a good part of the season. Austin Ekeler did a fantastic job in his replacement. However, when Melvin returned back for split time with Austin, they were never able to create a rhythm when playing together.

It will be interesting to see the Chargers QB1 position battle play out. The Head Coach, Anthony Lynn has said that Tyrod Taylor is the starter for now but it is a competition for the starting position between Tyrod and Justin. The Chargers saw many similarities in what Tyrod Taylor and Lamar Jackson’s numbers looked like on the field and are looking to replicate that success.  Many the of teams in the NFL have moved away from benching their high drafted QB for a year, recognizing how important it is to make use of the rookie contract for such a valuable position.

Baltimore Ravens Agree to Deal with offensive guard D.J Fluker

DJ Fluker, Ravens

Veteran offensive linemen D.J. Fluker has found a new home in Baltimore after being released on Sunday by the Seattle Seahawks, according to Ian Rapoport. The former member of the 2013 All-Rookie team will most likely be competing for an open spot left by Marshal Yanda’s retirement last season. DJ released this statement on social media after being released by Seattle. Dj kept it professional as he is one of the most respected individuals on and off the field in the NFL.

“Dear 12s,

“I was released by the Seahawks today. Couple of things: I am not upset, or hurt. This is a business and one that I’ve been in for a while. I want to thank John and Pete for their very thoughtful calls.

“Stay safe, be kind and I love y’all.

“Thank you, Seattle.”

D. J. Fluker’s strength and power could be a great fit in Baltimore as they like to run the ball. He will tire out the defensive linemen with his relentless ability, size, and power. It will be a major hole to fill as Marshal Yanda has been a major contributor to the Baltimore offensive line for the last 13 years.

This opens a door and creates an opportunity for Seattle as they are in the market for an edge rusher. This is a glaring need for this team as they had the second least amount of sacks in the regular season last year. This is clearly a big concern and a need they should fulfill as they drafted two edge rushers in the 2020 NFL draft. It is seeming more possible that they may try and re-sign Jadevon Clowney. Additionally, targeting 25-year-old Yannick Ngakoue who has made it very clear he has zero intention of playing for Jacksonville next season.

BREAKING: New York Giants Hire Marc Colombo As Offensive Line Coach

New York Giants, Joe Judge

Joe Judge has filled another crucial role in his coaching staff. The New York Giants‘ new head coach has hired Marc Colombo to be the team’s next offensive line coach (according to Ian Rapoport). Colombo is a former Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach that worked under Jason Garrett (the Giants’ new offensive coordinator) from 2016 to 2019.

Colombo first held the position of assistant offensive line coach from 2016-2018 before being promoted as the Cowboys’ offensive line coach in 2018. Under Colombo, the Cowboys’ offensive line was one of the best units in the NFL. Dallas finished fifth in Pro Football Focus‘s pass-blocking grade and third in their run-blocking grade in 2019.

Marc Colombo’s Resumé

The Cowboys’ offensive line allowed only 23 sacks this season (second-fewest in the NFL). This improved pass-protection helped quarterback Dak Prescott achieve a career-year.

Marc Colombo is a former NFL offensive lineman himself. He played right tackle for the Dallas Cowboys from 2005-2010. Colombo is a young coach at only 41 years-old. Cowboys players have stated that Colombo’s relatability in his youth helped the offensive line grow and gravitate towards their coach.

Colombo’s connection to Jason Garrett and success with the Cowboys’ offensive line the past two seasons helped him land this job. The Giants have been plagued with poor offensive line play for years and were in desperate need of a new, top-tier coach at that position. Marc Colombo is just what the Giants need. A tough, yet relatable, coach that will mentor and develop the Giants’ offensive line. Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones should be very excited.

“I’ve had the pleasure of being around a lot of people in this game. But Marc is in the front of the class. That’s the ultimate compliment I can give him. You get inspired by Marc every day you’re around him.” – Jason Garrett on Mar Colombo via ESPN