2017 was a very interesting season for the San Francisco 49ers. Going into the season, the team seemed to be heading in the wrong direction. They were still struggling to find a quarterback and did not seem to have a lot of talent to build on. While they arguably had a very good draft, most people did not expect much out of the team in 2017.
At the start of the season, most people were proven right about their predictions for the 49ers. The team struggled out of the gate and quarterback Brian Hoyer was not able to move the ball at all. Hoyer was ultimately hurt and replaced by rooking quarterback CJ Beathard who also had struggles. While the season was not going well, most people agreed that the team would make a big splash during the offseason and go after a new quarterback that would give hope for the future.
While the 49ers clearly needed a quarterback, they ended up getting one much sooner than originally predicted. The team ended up trading with the New England Patriots for backup quarterback Jimmy Garropolo. After learning the playbook for a few weeks, Garropolo was ultimately named the starter the last five weeks of the season. The team miraculously ended up winning their last five games. While they missed the playoffs, the team has plenty of momentum heading into the new season.
While the 49ers have a lot of momentum already, the team has also been able to attract some key free agents. One of the top signings that came this offseason came when the team signed cornerback Richard Sherman (http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/article206039714.html). Sherman previously spent his entire career with 49ers’ bitter rival, the Seattle Seahawks. During his time in Seattle, Sherman made several Pro Bowl teams and even won a Super Bowl.
Now that Sherman is in San Francisco, the defense could be set and the team could be poised to win a lot of games. As the NFL draft continues to approach, the team will look for more ways to add talent and depth to its roster. The 49ers will likely look to use their first round pick to add another piece to its already young and talented defense. However, there are some skill players they are considering as well.