Rapp’s 49er Friendly Mock Draft 2.0
The combine has come and gone, and the map to the 2019 NFL draft is more clear and confusing than ever. Without the knowledge of knowing what is rumor and what is truth when it comes to general manager and head coach statements, it’s hard to say what each team will be looking for in this spring’s draft.
With less than two weeks until the free agency period starts, let’s have a second look at what the San Francisco 49ers might do in all seven rounds, and what everyone else will do in the first round. This mock does not include the 49ers trading pack and collecting picks, but does include one trade by the 49ers, but in the second round, not the first.
For this mock, again I assume the 49ers have a somewhat modest free agency period, perhaps signing Shaquil Barrett and Earl Thomas or another free safety; possibly Anthony Barr or another linebacker.
Again there is a full 49ers draft after the first round mock, with analysis of each 49er pick. Have a look and join the discussion of what we will see this spring in the comment section.
1 ARI: Kyler Murray, QB - Oklahoma
The new head coach gets the quarterback he wants in the Heisman-winning Murray. This is the word coming out of every rumor mill in the NFL Twitter universe, so it’s probably wrong, but let’s start here anyways.
2 SF: Nick Bosa, DE - Ohio St.
It happened. With the top player on their board available at their position of highest need, John Lynch doesn’t even field phone calls. He just turns in the slip and 49ers fans everywhere rejoice.
3 NYJ: D.K. Metcalf, WR - Ole Miss
They wanted him before the combine and the absolute clinic he put on in most drills allows the Jets front office to over look his lateral limitations. Afraid of the Raiders taking him at four, they decide to also not field trade inquiries and turn in their draft card. Sam Darnold chugs a beer in celebration.
4 OAK: Brian Burns, DE - FSU
Burns made the argument that he was the second best pass rusher at the combine. The Raiders agreed, and being unable to fill Khalil Mack’s role up to this point leaves them drafting Burns. Gruden disperses high fives like Burns was his guy all along.
5 TB: Devin White, LB - LSU
The Bucs draft an immediate plug-and-play linebacker who becomes the best linebacker the Bucs have had since Derrick Brooks.
6 NYG: Drew Haskins, QB - Ohio St.
The Giants land their guy without having to trade any draft capital or players. After the pick, the Giants and Eli Manning announce together that Manning is being traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
7 JAX: Quinnen Williams, DT - Alabama
With their defense lagging behind last year, the Jags draft Williams, who some believe has the highest floor and highest ceiling of any player in the draft.
8 DET: Greedy Williams, CB - LSU
In a beautiful need-meets-best talent draft story the Lions lock up one side of their secondary for the next five years at least. Adam Thielen does not rejoice.
9 BUF: A.J. Brown, WR - Ole Miss
Buffalo hasn’t had a truly dominant WR since Andre Reed., so Buffalo decides to overdraft Brown here with the ninth pick.
10 DEN: T.J. Hockenson, TE - Iowa
Security blankets are great for both young quarterbacks and old quarterbacks who are losing arm strength. Hockenson will be just that for whoever mans the QB position for them.
11 MIN (Trade CIN): Josh Allen, LB - Kentucky
The Vikings trade up to stop Allen’s unexpected free fall. Once thought of as a possible fit at number two for the 49ers, other teams’ needs left Allen falling to 11. He immediately upgrades Minnesota’s defense.
12 GB: Jonah Williams, OT - Alabama
Aaron Rodgers has been beat up a little more than the Packers would like the last few seasons. Thus they draft Jonah Williams to help shore up the offensive line.
13 MIA: Ed Oliver, DT - Houston
The Dolphins decide to draft the BPA, and that’s Oliver in their board. The hyper-athletic 6’2” 290 pound interior lineman upgrades both their pass rush and their run defense.
14 ATL: Noah Fant, TE - Iowa
With the Falcons’ offense somewhat stalling since Shanahan’s exit from their OC position, they decide to draft one of the most athletic TE the NFL has seen in a long time. Fant should run wild with Julio Jones and the elder Ridley brother opening up space in the middle for him.
15 WAS: Nasir Adderley, S - Delaware
Alex Smith’s injury has taken the Redskins from playoff contender to rebuild quickly. The team has a lot of needs, and with the depth of the WR class they decide to go with the top safety on their board.
16 CAR: Jawaan Taylor, OT - Florida
The Panther’s line has been awful lately. Taylor should be able to step in and man left tackle. Cam Newton couldn’t be happier with this pick.
17 CLE: Rashan Gary, DT - Michigan
Cleveland teaming Gary with their already talented defensive line is a scary prospect. This pick continues to push Cleveland towards playoff status.
18 CIN (Trade MIN): Marquise Brown, WR - Oklahoma
With A.J. Green possibly on his way out of the organization sooner rather than later, the Bengalsdraft a possible replacement for the focal point of their passing attack in Brown.
19 TEN: Byron Murphy, CB - Washington
The Titans have a lot of needs in order to be Super Bowl contenders, and Murphy has the talent to help them achieve that goal. Some put Murphy in front of Williams on the CB list.
20 PIT: Clelin Ferrell, DE - Clemson
The Steelers’ defense has not been the Steel Curtain it used to be. Ferrell, thought of as a top-ten pick, falls all the way to 20 for the Steelers. He’ll be harassing NFC North quarterbacks for years to come.
21 SEA: N’Keal Harry, WR - Arizona St.
With the Seahawks’ continued effort to prove that Russell Wilson is a top-five QB, they skip their defensive needs and draft the big target Harry.
22 BAL: Jeffery Simmons, DT - Mississippi St.
Baltimore has always put defense in front of offense and this draft is no different. Simmons is a very athletic interior defensive lineman who will help anchor their defense. He has some off field baggage that leaves his talent falling this far in the draft.
23 HOU: Cody Ford, OL - Oklahoma
Deshaun Watson needs to spend less time running from would be tacklers and more time finding receivers down field. Enter Mr. Ford. He won’t be able to fix the line’s problems himself, but he’s an awfully good start.
24 OAK: Kelvin Harman, WR - N.C. State
Oakland drafts an athletic talented wide receiver in Harman. At 6’3” and with no red flags, Harman is the perfect back shoulder-contested catch receiver for the Raiders to compliment Antonio Brown.
25 PHI: Joshua Jacobs, RB - Alabama
Philadelphia continues to collect running backs, and Jacobs has the three-down ability to maybe keep the rest of the running backs off of the field.
26 IND: Montez Sweat, DE - Mississippi St.
The Colts are incredibly lucky to see Sweat fall to 26. One of the more athletic edge rushers in this year’s draft, Sweat had a great Senior Bowl week and then a solid combine performance that helped push him from early second round to in the top 15 conversation. He instantly upgrades the Colts’ pass rush.
27 Pitt (Trade OAK): Riley Ridley, WR - Georgia
Oakland gives up its third first round draft pick for Antonio Brown, and the Steelers draft his replacement in Riley Ridley, a great route running compliment to Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster.
28 LAC: Dalton Risner, OT - Kansas St.
With Philip Rivers’ increased age, protecting the signal caller becomes more and more important. Risner isn’t a plug-and-play left tackle, but he is a plug-and-play right tackle. At 6’5” he has the length to deal with pass rushers, and at 300 lbs he has the size to seal the edge in the run game.
29 KC: Deionte Thompson, S - Alabama
Thompson’s closing ability will help shore up the back end of the Chiefs’ secondary. He doesn’t mind lowering his shoulders and punishing a runner when he has the opportunity to.
30 GB: Devin Bush Jr., LB - Michigan
Bush exploded the combine with his athleticism. Comically, the only knock on him has been his size at 5’11” and 222 lbs as a NFL linebacker. Bush has a complete skill set to play in the NFL and should be a good replacement for Clay Matthews in the Packers defense.
31 LAR: Jachai Polite, DE - Florida
Polite flunked the combine. That pushed him out of being a top-15 pick. Polite replaces Fowler as the team’s pass rush specialist.
32 ARI (Trade NE): Deandre Baker, CB - Georgia
New England finds their new heir apparent to Tom Brady by trading for Josh Rosen. Arizona finds a perfect running mate in their secondary with Patrick Peterson, and a possible replacement if they can’t keep Peterson past his current contract.
San Francisco 49ers Full Mock Draft
After watching so many wide receivers come of the board in the first round, John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan become a bit nervous, and come up with backup plans to drafting a wide receiver in the second round. They decide to unload an asset they’re not sure will increase or decrease, and that is when they pick up the phone and trade Solomon Thomas and their 2020 4th round pick to New England for the Patriots’ 56 and 2020 4th round picks. With that being the only move they make, the 49ers draft looks like this:
2: Nick Bosa, DE - Ohio St
The 49ers crown jewel of the draft. Everyone wanted it to happen, no one thought it would, and then it did. And the people in the streets rejoice.
36: David Edwards, OT - Wisconsin
A pick for next year. Edwards will get a year to compete at guard and then take over one of the tackle positions should Joe Staley leave in free agency or retire.
56 (NE): Deebo Samuel, WR - South Carolina
The Senior Bowl highlight MVP gets his chance to shine in Shanahan’s offense after the team trades with NE. He’ll fight Goodwin for one of the starting positions.
67: Joe Giles-Harris, LB - Duke
He’s one of the best finishers in the draft, and that’s exactly what this defense needs. He could be a third round gem à la Chris Borland.
105: Rock Ya-Sin, CB - Temple
Although only 5’11”, he is a great press corner and his skills translate well into Saleh’s defensive scheme.
177: Nate Herbig, OG - Stanford
A 6’3” 336-lb behemoth who can pull and has great hands for zone blocking. He’s a bit of a project and his focus has been questioned at times, but his frame and athleticism make him worth a sixth round pick.
214: Jimmy Moreland, CB - James Madison
A 5’11” ball-hawking cornerback, Moreland recorded 5 interceptions with 3 pick-sixes, and 7.5 tackles for a loss his senior season. He leaves JMU as the all time leader in interceptions (18) and pick-sixes (5). He’s a great candidate to be mentored by Richard Sherman.
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