The 49ers hold seven picks in the 2019 NFL draft including number two overall. They hold four of the top 105 picks as well. With many holes to fill, the 49ers will be busy.
The 49ers are in a good spot moving forward. They have their franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo. The two headed monster at running back between Jerrick Mckinnon and Matt Breida seems better than people thought. George Kittle is an all pro tight end and just broke the single season record for receiving yards by a tight end. Dante Pettis looks like a threat from wherever he lines up on the field. They also just drafted a top notch offensive tackle in Mike McGlinchey. That is only on the offensive side of the ball.
On defense they have one of the best defensive tackles in the league in DeForest Buckner. They also found what seems to be a steal in the third round last year in linebacker Fred Warner. Outside of them on defense the 49ers have some good role players, but unless somebody steps up this year the starting roles are up for grabs.
1st Round, Pick #2 Nick Bosa, Defensive End- Ohio St.
Nick Bosa is the consensus top pick in this year’s draft and luckily for the 49ers he does not fit the Cardinals scheme or immediate need. He does fill a huge hole for the 49ers though in their pass rush. Landing Bosa here would be best case scenario for the 49ers. I believe that if he is gone the 49ers trade down to a QB needy team but for this mock Bosa is available.
Nick Bosa is a beautiful blend of size, strength, speed and athleticism. Nick is said to be the better version of his brother Joey Bosa. That is saying a lot since Joey Bosa is an all pro talent in his own right. Their father was also a first round pick of the Dolphins years back as well. It looks like football is just in their blood.
2nd Round, Pick #36 N’Keal Harry, Wide Receiver- Arizona St.
The 49ers are still in need of a number one receiver. They have Dante Pettis, Trent Taylor, and Marquise Goodwin, all of which are good number two or three options but I do not see any one of them being truly dominant. N’Keal Harry is 6’4 and 213 Lbs. and runs a mid 4.50 40 yard dash. He has the true size and speed mix that Kyle Shanahan has been missing since he left Julio Jones and the Falcons.
Harry has had a very productive NCAA career putting up totals of 213 receptions, 2,889 receiving yards, and 22 touchdowns in 37 games. To boot he also added 144 career rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. Harry is the one piece that this offense is missing and giving Jimmy Garoppolo a large target like this has the potential to make this offense explode.
3rd Round, Pick #67 Joejuan Williams, Cornerback- Vanderbilt
Joejuan Williams has the size that the 49ers brass covet in their cornerbacks. He stands at a towering 6’3 at and is 208 Lbs. Williams is coming off a spectacular Junior season. In 2018 he had 61 tackles (48 solo), two tackles for a loss, 13 passes defended, and four interceptions in 13 games. He did this going up against some great talent as Vanderbilt plays in the SEC, the obvious top conference in NCAA football.
Ahkello Witherspoon struggled mightily last year after a promising rookie season. Luckily for the 49ers Richard Sherman seems to have fully recovered from his Achilles injury as he played well late in the season. Williams could come right in and challenge Witherspoon for the starting outside corner spot across from Sherman.
Round 4, Pick #98 T.J. Edwards, Inside Linebacker- Wisconsin
Landing T.J. Edwards is a nice value in round four. He has enjoyed a great NCAA career creating turnovers, again something the 49ers were terrible at last season. With the departure of Reuben Foster the 49ers now have a hole at inside linebacker. I fully expect the 49ers to add somebody via free agency at the position but Edwards could compete for the third starting linebacker position.
If he could match, or even come close to matching his Senior year in terms of production then Edwards should have a long NFL career. His Senior year saw totals of 112 tackles (73 solo), 11.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, two passes defended, three interceptions, and a fumble recovery. He seems to be able to be an every down linebacker, something the 49ers could use.
Round 6, Pick #177 Jalen Hurd, Wide receiver/Running Back- Baylor
Jalen Hurd is a very interesting piece to add to any offense. He started his NCAA career in Tennessee as a running back, where in 33 games he totaled 2,635 rushing yards, at 4.5 yards per carry and 20 touchdowns. During that time he also had 492 receiving yards and six touchdowns out of the backfield.
In 2017 he transferred to Baylor and he changed to a wide receiver. In his lone season as a receiver he totaled 946 receiving yards, 209 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games. He is a big bodied receiver at 6’4 217 Lbs. and is a weapon that Kyle Shanahan would love to have.His height, strength and ability after the catch makes him an explosive and versatile player. If need be he can also play running back where he had a total of 4.5 yards per carry, 2,844 rushing yards and 23 rushing touchdowns.
Round 6, Pick #214 Mike Edwards, Safety- Kentucky
Mike Edwards may be one of the most overlooked players in the draft. With next to no buzz circulating around his name, he has had a solid collegiate career. In 48 games he has totaled 317 tackles (190 solo), 21 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 23 passes defended, 10 interceptions, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two touchdowns.
Edwards is coming of of three straight seasons of at least 82 total tackles. This past season he had 9.5 tackles for a loss as well as two interceptions and six passes defended. Edwards seems to play well in both the run game and pass game and stays on the field. Edwards started every game in his last three seasons. Health reliability is something the 49ers lack in their secondary.
Round 7, Pick #245 Alex Bars, Offensive Line- Notre Dame
Bars has played both guard positions as well as right tackle at Notre Dame. Outside of breaking his ankle in 2015 he has played massive snap numbers proving good longevity. Both of his brothers and his father played Division I collegiate football. He has good technique when engaged but does not always play up to potential. He has good hand placement when blocking but sometimes gets caught flat footed at the point of snap.
Bars has already played games with Mike McGlinchey of the 49ers at Notre Dame. Everybody knows that part of having a good offensive line is cohesiveness and playing well together. Why not add another youngster who has played with another star on the line. Gary Gilliam was released and the 49ers could use some guard depth and competition and Bars would be a nice add late this late in the draft.
The 49ers main focus this draft is finding defensive talent. They follow through adding the best prospect in the draft in Nick Bosa. They then go and add a large number one target in N’Keal Harry who may be the best receiver in this draft. Joejuan Williams is the selection in the third that helps boost the corner position for the 49ers. In the fourth they added a linebacker who excels both in coverage and tackling.
The sixth round selection may be my favorite adding a spectacular offensive weapon in Jalen Hurd offering great versatility for Shanahan. With the other sixth round pick they grab overlooked, and highly productive, Mike Edwards to compete at the safety position. They find good value grabbing a guard who has already played numerous games next to one of the stars on the existing line in the seventh.
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