By James Jones | @9ernewswriter | April 18, 2017 1:09pm, PDT
The 2017 NFL Draft is a mere week away and as such I put together my 3.0 mock for all of the 49ers picks in the drafts seven rounds.
Some trades were made as I saw fit to help the team with the immense rebuild that John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan are tasked with.
Without further ado, here it is.
Trade with the New York Jets – 49ers send #2 overall for New York’s #6, #39, #70, and #150
Trade with the Baltimore Ravens – 49ers send #39, #70 from New York and a future 2nd round pick for Baltimore’s #16
Trade offered and accepted with the Denver Broncos – 49ers send #16 for Denver’s #20 and #126
Trade with the Cincinnati Bengals – 49ers send #34 and #202 for Cincinnati’s #41 and #116
First Round: # 6 (From NYJ) – Solomon Thomas – Edge – Stanford
First Round #20 (From DEN) – Reuben Foster – LB – Alabama
Both first round picks should be opening day starters on a defense that needs a serious infusion of youth and talent. Thomas has been rumored to be the 49ers choice at #2 if Cleveland does in fact select Myles Garrett first overall. I like the trades to move down only four spots, as well as securing the second first round pick from Denver. Foster was said to be a possible top five pick but character issues arising from the scouting combine (where he has an altercation with a medical staffer and was asked to leave) and a newly reported “dilute” drug test at the combine, have seen his stock drop a great deal.
Second Round: #41 (From CIN) – Patrick Mahomes III QB – Texas Tech
Shanahan gets his project and a possible quarterback of the future in Mahomes. With Brian Hoyer likely to start the season under center, the rookie can relax and learn the 49ers new system. Mahomes is a big, strong, and athletic quarterback who will take time to be NFL ready. Good thing San Francisco has that time, at least three-years before Jed York starts to get uncomfortable if the team isn’t showing marked improvement.
Third Round: #66 – Quincy Wilson CB – Florida
Third Round: #70 (From NYJ) – D’onta Foreman RB – Texas
With more draft day trades taking place the 49ers garner two third round picks and address two positions of need. Actually all positions are positions of need on this roster. Drafting a cornerback like Wilson will help the 49ers secondary a great deal, especially with the team releasing incumbent Tremaine Brock last week amid domestic violence charges. At 6’1, 211 pounds, Wilson will help the 49ers as they transition into a defense that will rely more on press coverage at the the line of scrimmage.
Foreman, standing 6’1 and 249 pounds will be a great addition the 49ers backfield. He has proven to be difficult to bring down and is adept at creating yards after contact. Couple that with his ability to excel in pass protection and he’s just the kind of back Shanahan is looking for.
If Carlos Hyde can’t show his new coaches that he can be the back the team thought he could be when they selected him in the second round of the 2014 draft, Foreman could be in for a much larger role. Lynch and Shanahan have not gone out of their way to praise Hyde and appear to be taking a “wait and see” approach on what he is going to mean to the team moving forward.
Fourth Round: #109 – Bucky Hodges TE – Virginia Tech
Fourth Round: # 116 (From CIN) – Chad Hansen WR – Cal
Fourth Round: #126 (From DEN) – Carl Lawson DE – Auburn
Two more offensive pieces in Hodges and Hansen and more edge rushing help were the needs restocked in the fourth round. Hodges is going to be somewhat of a project in order to transition to the NFL game and the increased blocking that will be required of him. He has the potential to be a special pass catching tight-end in this league however and could flourish in Shanahan’s offense. Hansen will add more Depth to a receiving corps that will still be figuring itself out by the time camp opens this summer.
Lawson could provide a great deal more depth along a revamped 4-3 defensive line. If he can stay healthy, coaches may decide that he’s better suited to come off the edge as an outsude linebacker in their new scheme.
Fifth Round: #146 – Corn Elder CB – Miami
Fifth Round: #150 (From NYJ) – Dorian Johnson G – Pittsburgh
Fifth Round: #161 (From WASH) – Chad Kelly QB – Ole Miss
Elder equals more secondary depth and has the ability to earn a spot on the 49ers 53-man roster as a nickel corner. Being that the nickel in the 49ers new defense will see the field quite a bit, Elder will have his work cutout for him.
The 49ers are always looking for offensive line depth. This was evidenced again last week when the team signed Seattle restricted free agent Garry Gilliam, the Seahawk’s starter at right tackle the last two-seasons.
Johnson is the eighth ranked guard in this years draft by www.walterfootball.com and has the ability to help in the ground game.
Kelly is another quarterback who I was high on in the later rounds in my previous mock drafts. With the arm strength to make any throw, he needs to improve on his consistency if he hopes to catch on as a backup.
Sixth Round: #198 (From BAL) – Ryan Switzer WR – North Carolina
Switzer is a speed demon out of North Carolina. Watching tape on him brings to mind a more speedy Wes Welker, even with Switzer being close to an inch shorter and about eight pounds lighter. In 2016 he 96 receptions for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns. Late round pick who has the potential to prove himself to his new head coach and earn a roster spot at best or a practice squad signing at worst.
Seventh Round: #219 – Danny Isidora G – Miami
With Shanahan’s run game needing athletic guards who can get out in space, Isidora is good fit here. He will have to get stronger so that he can more aptly stand his ground in the face of power rushers. If he can work on that area, in addition to his footwork, he can work his way onto the roster as a depth lineman initially and possible starter down the line.
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