49ers Post Game: Playing For a High Draft Pick

Okay, stay with me here. We can all agree it is not fun watching the 49ers lose games week after week. Not to mention by losing to the Cardinals, who received their first win of the season today, doesn't give much hope the team will win another game this season. Well, they may beat the Raiders, still debatable though. But one of our biggest issues is the lack of a pass rush and next year is projected to be a great year for defensive ends. See where I am going with this?

We all knew the season was going to be a difficult one when running back Jerick McKinnon went down with a season-ending ACL injury. We then knew the season was completely lost when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a season-ending ACL injury. I gave the team a chance to go 7-9, but after watching them the previous two weeks we can agree that's not going to happen.

Rebuilds are hard, rebuilds are painful, but rebuilds are necessary. Even the Patriots have gone through a rebuild prior to the Bill Belichick era and at some point will have to go through another rebuild. The Rams have gone through a rebuild and now look at what they are doing. The 49ers are going through a tough rebuild right now, and they are not going to be fun to watch but will be rewarding in the end.

At this point, the 49ers are playing for a top pick in the draft next season. With that pick, they can get a defensive end that can create the pass rush this team is lacking. The Red and Gold are only a few key positions and a season without injuries away from being a contender. As I said we knew the season was lost when Garoppolo went down, except the high pick and look towards 2019. They can then use their high 2nd round pick and grab a really good wide receiver or a good cornerback.

It's going to be a hard 2018 to watch, but we already knew this and ever loss will get us closer to the best player available next season. Don't get off this train yet, better times are ahead.

If it ain’t football news, is it worth reading?

Matt Woolsey

Matt Woolsey

ProFootball Free Lance Writer at SportsTalkLine.com
I was a December baby born in 1980. Married to my beautiful bride Jen for the past 15 years, and father of 3. Been a 49ers fan since the days of Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice. I've been playing fantasy football for almost 20 years, been playing dynasty for the past 5 years. All I can say is I love the game.

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