Baalke Blocked 49ers From Drafting Dak Prescott

This probably didn’t help Trent Baalke‘s case in San Francisco. Apparently, Chip Kelly and others within the organization wanted to draft Dak Prescott last spring but Baalke didn’t pull the trigger, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). Ultimately, that was one of the final straws for Baalke and he was fired after a dreadful 2-14 season.

Dak Prescott/49ersOf course, it was the Cowboys who drafted Prescott in the fourth round and he has put together a jaw-dropping rookie campaign. Through 17 weeks of regular season action, Prescott appears to be the best QB in his class, ahead of No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff, No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz, and first round pick Paxton Lynch. Pro Football Focus has Prescott ranked as the 12th best QB in the NFL for the 2016 season, ahead of notables like Ryan Tannehill, Alex Smith, Andy Dalton, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, and Philip Rivers. Colin Kaepernick, meanwhile, earned a poor overall grade of 61.9, placing him 27th amongst qualified QBs. After watching Prescott throw for 3,667 yards and 23 touchdowns against just four interceptions, 49ers ownership couldn’t help but wonder how different things would have been if Baalke was on board with the Mississippi St. product.

The 49ers had multiple opportunities to grab Prescott, but instead they are entering the offseason with no clear answer at the position. Blaine Gabbert and Kaepernick fizzled this year and the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft might not help their quarterback dilemma considering the dearth of quality QBs. UNC’s Mitch Trubisky is widely considered to be the best signal caller in this year’s unimpressive crop.

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36 comments on “Baalke Blocked 49ers From Drafting Dak Prescott

  1. warpaint

    I would block access to kaepernick as a citizen and ship him to a country thats more suitable for his beliefs…

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      • Actually, it’s not really about freedom of speech. He’s at his job, essentially. You can burn an American flag in a public park, but if you do it at your job you’re employer has every right to fire you or stop you from doing it in the first place.

        So, the problem is not so much Kaepernick and his ignorant, despicable views; it’s that the NFL allowed him to use their games as a forum for them.

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        • weirdwolf

          I understand this. The gentleman above me didn’t say he has a gripe with the NFL. Just Kaep.

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        • diemf50

          Its his right to protest. Burning a flag is a crime imo, kneeling is a peaceful protest. U rather him go out and promote violence by killing cops and rioting? Lol

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          • You apparently don’t either, Jack. You say Kaepernick is ignorant but it’s pretty clear that it is you who is ignorant.

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      • MosesZD

        No, son. There’s a minor document that says the GOVERNMENT CAN’T without a compelling reason.

        Employers can. And the Supreme Court has endorsed that many times.

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      • supreme court ruled burning the flag isnt a crime.
        dont know what little document you are referring to but id do some damn research before announcing to the world you are uninformed

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    • brian

      warpaint… your stupidity and willful ignorance are stunning

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  2. Mikel Grady

    In all fairness how many other teams passed on Prescott multiple rounds. So will Jerry Jones win gm of the year?

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    • _kherz23

      Drafting arguably the two best rookie playmakers in this years draft, (Dak Zeke) I would have to say yes.

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      • Respond2Palma

        But if teams had done a better deep dive, they would have seen the DUI was an anomaly & out of character.

        Prescott is a pristine a prospect in terms of character and intelligence as any that had entered the draft.

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        • Palma

          A DUI is A DUI. He’s a great QB and very talented but making a mistake like that, in addition to getting involved in a concert fight in the month or so before a draft isn’t very smart.

          No point in putting on the rose colored glasses just because he ended up being a great player, just pointing out why he fell, I’d bet.

          Heck, he was even Dallas’s back up back up plan, they wanted Wentz, then wanted Lynch in first few rounds over him.

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          • Yes, someone with better character bloke Jared Goff or Tim Tebow would have been a better pick…
            When Marino got drafted there was a rumor he was a pothead so the Steelers didn’t draft him. Goes to show, people get hung up on the tangibles and “character” bs, people like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, and Dak Prescott slip thru scouts fingers…. Anyone can look good in College and good at the combine and pro day. There’s no real defense pressure, no on the fly audibles. The small little DUI and the fact he was jumped later made people not draft him. Look how all the other “good character” rookie QBs have fared. Connor Cook looked lost yesterday

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            • Connor Cook was never considered a “good character” prospect. If anything his stock fell because he was considered the opposite. He was labeled a whiner with a bad attitude and his teammates at Michigan State didn’t even feel him worthy of captaincy.

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  3. Hannibal8us

    Lucky for Dak they didn’t because he would have been trash on the 9ers.

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    • mcdusty31

      Right… I agree completely…realistically even Tom Brady might not be Tom Brady had he been drafted in the first round by another team…in order for a young quarterback to blossom they need to be in the right situation…obviously there are skills and intangibles that would translate into any system but for the most part the stars need to line up just right

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  4. Youngv

    What the hell are you guys talking about headline clearly says prescott and niners and you wierdos bringing up Kap not standing lol smh you all sound mad as hell

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    • mcdusty31

      Kaep has regressed and teams have figured him out…also, he is surrounded by the York/Baalke dumpster fire…he’s not an awful quarterback but his time in SF has come and gone…he has every right to protest but I can’t say that I agree personally with his actions and the fact that he didn’t vote and also supported Fidel Castro pretty much makes him look like a moron trying to gain attention and be relevant…the fact that he is involved in any conversation about the Niners is the problem…even when they were on top he was doing stupid things in the offseason that you just don’t see most winning franchise quarterbacks do…he should’ve been staying out of the spot light and working out with his guys trying to get that super bowl victory

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      • MC im no Kaep fan but he threw 16 tds and 4 interceptions in a partial season as starter with absolute crap for weapons. facts are what they are, you can argue the rest

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  5. djpiglatin

    Someone tweeted something very funny regarding this nonsense: Everyone fawning over Prescott now are the same that wanted Russell Wilson so bad but never picked him.

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  6. djpiglatin

    Marrone is the only name worthy. I’d prefer Kyle Shanahan or McDaniels.

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    • you dont know anything about Doug Marrone do you? his pedigree and the fact he WON as HC in buffalo of all places with shit for a qb

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  7. crazysull

    My guess is that they go QB but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see them go WR and Mike Williams either because they are pretty set at DE if Garrett is still available so I could see them going with one of the QBs or Mike Williams

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  8. I Call it like I See It

    How about everyone calming down about Prescott. 1st off, he’s in an ideal situation for a rookie quarterback. Great offensive line, good running game, HOF tight end, and a high quality WR in Bryant. These things will help him grow and gain valuable experience.
    mcDusty is right, if Prescott was drafted by the 49ers, Jets, or another team without the proper support he wouldn’t be playing this well.
    How about we give Prescott a couple of years and see how he develops. Every couple years the next ‘big’ QB comes in and is supposed to revolutionize the game. In the beginning of their careers, RGIII, Kapernick, JaMarcus Russell, Manziel, Tebow, EJ Manuel, to name a few, they were all considered great future franchise QB’s that would change the way the game was played. But what happened? Defensive coordinators caught up to them and adjusted and they became below average QB’s.
    I’m not saying Prescott won’t be a great quarterback, but just saying let’s give him a couple of seasons before we anoint himhe next Brady or even Favre.
    Oh, and yes the 49ers needed to clean house. Been disfunctional since they decided to let Harbough go.

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    • Kevin

      This is all smoke and mirrors guys. I appreciate all the analysis and even vitriol (about Kap in particular), but the head of the snake is Jed. He must love articles like this. Makes him look good. Takes the heat off. Meanwhile he scrapes the dust off last years losing season speech, reorders a few things, brings his favorite word back (Culture, something he sadly lacks in football), and then he can disappear for another year. Did anyone else listen to this bozo’s speech? Chip and Balke are his by products. Look, he’s going to do it again. It’s his MO. Claim to not be in charge of football decisions, then be the guy that makes the most critical ones badly. If he could pull something off like Wolf from Green Bay as GM, and McDaniels as HC (from Patriots), he could then take a longer time off and continue NOT to show his face at Levi’s… well until the 9ers begin to win again, though it will take some real CONSTRUCTIVE time to accomplish that. He’s got the money to get these guys, he stole it from the fans. One more thing, Shanahan for GM or HC would be like getting a free agent with torn ACL and MCL ligaments, something Balke had considerable experience with and Jeb’s blessing). He’s not been a HC for a long time now for a reason. No more patching this awful franchise, fix it from the top down. Or turn Levi’s into a dirt bike track and monster truck venue, along with the occasional cancelled Girl Scouts event. Losers, everyone of them (Yorks that is). #letgojeb

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  9. Kevin

    Fake news. By the 4th round every team had a chance to pick DP. But if you are suggesting Balke was a dumb exec and a pox on the 49ers team, then you have achieved the distinction of being both a fake news reporter and Captain Obvious at the same time. As a real reporter stated earlier (Ann Killion), in summary: Jed York is dillusional, as is anyone who listened to his Ground Hogs Day speech, and then believes things will be different. He won’t abdicate his responsibility, and at the same time he won’t take responsibility for what has happened to this once proud franchise. JY is also a con man who knew Harbaugh’s future was going to end, but still pedaled PSLs to the faithful. When you put forth a BS rumor like this which, even if it had a snowballs chance in hell of being true, you are acting like Jeb’s lackey because you are clouding the facts. Go out there and get a real story please… like why team management had so much cap space at trading time and didn’t use it. Or maybe why management isn’t offering a refund to season ticket holders, or just why FN Jeb disappeared the whole God Awful season. Wimps. #letgojed

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