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We hand out two game balls to the San Francisco 49ers from the Niners’ opening game of the 2018 NFL regular season, a 26-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

On yesterday’s Locked On 49ers Podcast, host Brian Peacock provided a rundown of the game — including game notes and key takeaways — and handed out two game balls from the San Francisco 49ers’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL regular season.

Sunday’s matchup was the first game in recent memory where quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo — who threw three interceptions in the contest — didn’t deserve a game ball. Instead, both of our game balls go to standout members of the 49ers’ defensive unit:

49ers DT DeForest Buckner

On Sunday, defensive lineman DeForest Buckner began his 2018 campaign for Defensive Player of the Year with one of the more impressive performances of his career, particularly from a pass-rushing perspective. After barely missing numerous sacks throughout his three-sack 2017 season, Buckner almost equaled last year’s sack total in Week 1. The defensive tackle nearly completed a sack hat-trick in Minnesota, but fellow defensive lineman Ronald Blair was credited with a half sack the third time Buckner brought Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins to the ground.

In addition to his 2.5 sacks and constant quarterback pressure, Buckner was disruptive in the run game as well; the 49ers’ top defensive lineman finished the day with seven total tackles, including a tackle for loss. After two extremely solid seasons in the league, Buckner is on the verge of a breakout year in 2018:

 

49ers LB Fred Warner

Sunday was rookie linebacker Fred Warner‘s first NFL game, but you wouldn’t have guessed it from his play during the contest. The third-round draft pick flew around the field, making plays in the run and pass game, and finished the day with a game-high 12 total tackles and 11 solo tackles, as well as a forced fumble and a tackle for loss on Vikings running back Dalvin Cook.

Warner was great in coverage, outside of a reception allowed to wide receiver Adam Thielen, and was rarely tested by Cousins. Warner did knock away a pass attempt that was thrown his way, and also recorded a quarterback hit. Provided Warner continues to play at this elite level, when star linebacker Reuben Foster returns from suspension in Week 3, the 49ers may have the most dynamic inside linebacker duo in the NFL:

Listen to Locked On 49ers host Brian Peacock’s review of the San Francisco 49ers’ Week 1 loss to the Minnesota Vikings — including game notes and key takeaways from the Niners’ opening-day matchup — on yesterday’s Rapid React podcast:

Chris Wilson is the Lead Writer for Locked on 49ers - part of the Locked On Podcast Network. You may have seen Chris Wilson’s work on NFL game theory, statistical analysis and film breakdowns at FanSided, Niner Noise, 49ers Webzone, ClutchPoints, Insidethe49 and others. Follow Chris Wilson on Twitter @cgawilson.

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PODCAST: Winky Wednesday, Gould Requests Trade

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  • Robbie Gould wants out of San Francisco
  • Seattle trades Frank Clark to Kansas City
  • NFL Draft Eve mailbag

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2019 NFL Draft Big Board: Tiered Top-50

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-TIER 1-

The 49ers are in a great position to sit back at No. 2 and draft one of the true blue chip talents in the 2019 class. Now, that doesn’t mean John Lynch should ignore phone calls from teams trying to move up, just that an offer would have to be substantial to trade down. Bosa edges out Williams due to positional value, but I would have no problem with an argument for Q at the top spot.

1. Nick Bosa – EDGE – Ohio State

2. Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

-TIER 2-

The next half dozen non-quarterbacks are the players to look for if the 49ers found a trade partner in the Top-10. There is a big drop from the first to second tiers, in my opinion, and I would not pick a player from Tier 2, no matter the need or positional value if Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams were still available.

3. Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

4. Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

5. Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

6. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

7. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi

8. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

9. Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

-TIER 3-

Many of the prospects in Tier 3 will be first round selections. Ideally, though, a handful are still on the board when San Francisco is on the clock at pick 36.

10. Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

11. Devin White, LB, LSU

12. Devin Bush Jr., LB, Michigan

13. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

14. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

15. Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

16. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

17. Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

18. Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

19. Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

20. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

21. Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State

22. Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College

23. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

24. Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

25. Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

26. Darnell Savage, S, Maryland

27. Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

28. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

29. A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi

30. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

31. Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M

32. Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan

33. N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

34. Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

-Tier 4-

Because it’s a nice round number, this is a Top-50 list. In reality some of the honorable mentions below belong in this tier. I wouldn’t feel great about drafting these prospects in Round 1, but most should come off the board somewhere on Day 2 and possibly early Day 3.

35. Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

36. Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

37. Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

38. Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

39. Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama

40. DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

41. Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

42. Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

43. Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

44. Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

45. Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

46. Andy Isabella, WR, UMass

47. Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

48. Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

49. Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri

50. Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

Just missed (in no particular order): Drew Lock, Elgton Jenkins, Yodny Cajuste, Riley Ridley, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Miles Boykin, Terry McLaurin, Parris Campbell, Sean Bunting, Jace Sternberger, Khalen Saunders, Mack Wilson, Blake Cashman, Taylor Rapp, Joshua Jacobs

Listen to today’s podcast for further explanation of these rankings.

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PODCAST: 2019 NFL Draft Big Board

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  • Two prospects stand alone in the first tier
  • Edge rushers and wide receivers dominate the Top-50

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