Niner Noise combs through both free agency and the NFL Draft to break down the San Francisco 49ers’ five best player additions this offseason before 2018 kicks off.
The 2018 offseason didn’t quite see the San Francisco 49ers as active as they were a year ago. Instead, general manager John Lynch’s actions were more about tweaking the roster and finding the right talent rather than making wholesale changes.
Still, the Niners’ moves this offseason were notable. Three big free-agent names — center Weston Richburg, running back Jerick McKinnon and cornerback Richard Sherman — change the makeup of San Francisco’s roster in a big way.
And with the names the 49ers brought aboard via the 2018 NFL Draft, it’s safe to say Lynch put together a solid effort making as many upgrades as possible where needed.
It’s common to separate these two means of addition into different categories (best/worst draft picks versus best/worst free-agent pickups). For the purposes of this evaluation, it’s worth meshing both free agency and the NFL Draft into one category.
As far as breaking down the five best additions the Niners made in 2018, this will be the evaluation criteria:
- Team need
- Projected role
- Traditional stats
- Analytical stats
- Potential Impact
Each category will be assigned a scale between 1 (lowest) through 5 (highest). These will be averaged out, and the top five making the cut will be as follows.
Starting off with No. 5 on the list, EDGE Jeremiah Attaochu.