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Drafting Impact Rookies, Coaches Allowed to Coach, Aldon Smith Takes to Twitter

Posted May 6, 2014

Bill Polian says that rookies cannot make an impact in the NFL, 49ers coaches are allowed to run drills with players, Aldon Smith makes a positive remark on Twitter and more.

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1. Rookie Move

“They will not make an impact. They will not. Rookies cannot make an impact.” These were the words of ESPN’s Bill Polian on Monday. The NFL personnel executive-turned-analyst stood behind his opinion that finding a year-one difference-maker via the draft is close to impossible.  He softened his rhetoric only slightly, saying that while we expect first and second-rounders to “make the difference between winning and losing… they rarely, rarely do.” So you’re saying there’s a chance.

>>Maybe Polian should take a look at the impact made by 49ers first- and second-round picks since 2010.

>>One rookie who made no waves in year one was Marcus Lattimore. He spent his first season rehabbing from torn ACL, PCL and MCL ligaments in his knee. "I just knew football was over with at that point," Lattimore said, "so I had to find something else to do with my life." Daniel Brown of the Mercury News outlines why the 49ers running back won’t let his injury halt his NFL dream.

2. Let the Coaching Begin

On April 21, the 49ers began phase one of voluntary offseason workouts. During the two weeks that followed, players trained with strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama, as Jim Harbaugh and his staff were not permitted to coach the team on the practice field.  This changed on Monday, the first day coaches could begin to coachup players on the field.

We are now in phase two of the offseason program. In this three-week span, coaches are allowed to run individual drills and have the entire offense or defense on the field – but never both at the same time. No one player can go up against any other player, and no helmets are allowed.  Phase three consists of the ensuing four weeks, and team offense vs. team defense drills are allowed, but no one-on-one drills or “live contact” can occur. If you really want to nerd,out, read the offseason breakdown for yourself on page 132 of the NFL collective bargaining agreement.

>>The 49ers 26-year-old practice facility has a new name – it’s now known as the SAP Performance Facility. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the facility with a Vine tour.

3. Aldon Takes To Twitter

4. Around the League

The New England Patriots have signed veteran defensive end Will Smith. The terms of the contract have not been released.

>>NFL Network’s Charley Casserly does not think Johnny Manziel will go in the first round of the draft.

>>The NFL will reinstate Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson on Tuesday. Jackson was suspended indefinitely on Aug. 31, 2012 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.


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