San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan might've already dropped hints on who the 49ers will pick No. 3 overall.
Michael Pierce is 28 years old, entering what ought to be the prime of his career in the NFL as a run-stopping nose tackle. In 2020, after he signed with the Minnesota Vikings but opted out of the season because of health concerns surrounding COVID-19, Pierce had an early vision of his retirement. Parts of the picture were pretty, given ample, stress-free time for self-examination and goal-setting.
Over at NFL.com, Gregg Rosenthal has put together a set of “General Manager Power Rankings” going into this year’s selection meeting, and I think that we can safely say that Mr. Rosenthal thinks pretty highly of the king of Rickspeak. Spielman slots in at #6 in Rosenthal’s rankings. Here’s Rosenthal’s commentary on Spielman’s recent draft prowess: Spielman has quietly been with the Vikings since 2006 and received the general manager title in 2012.