02 Mar Esteban & Raymundo’s 7-Round Mock Draft
The 49ers finished a rather disappointing season than a “comeback” season racking up many injuries, counting big players as: George Kittle, Nick Bosa, Jimmy Garoppolo, and way many more. With the off-season already really close the 49ers are expected to make many moves to fix their holes and add depth. Due to the low cap space the 49ers hold, addressing gaps might be a big problem. The 2021 NFL Draft might be crucial for the 49ers as they hold great draft capital and can make the team Super Bowl contenders again.
In this mock draft, we made moves to put ourselves in the best position for depth and upgrading certain positions whether that’d be by trading up or trading back for more picks. We probably won’t ever see the 2019 team again but we can get back there by making smart picks and ensuring that our roster has a good enough rotation of guys to limit injuries. Even though we have a low cap space number compared to the NFL we have the highest in the NFC west allowing us to make moves in free agency and bolster the roster even more.
Pick 5. (Trade up with Bengals received 5, 69 and 111 for picks 12, 43, 238 and future 2nd round pick) Justin Fields QB Ohio State
There has been much noise regarding the 49ers Quarterback situation, and everything seems like a possibility. After Jimmy Garoppolo´s disappointing season in 2020, only playing 6 games, his presence is in the air. Justin Fields left Georgia in 2018 to join the Ohio State Buckeyes, racking in his two years there: 5,373 yards, 63 touchdowns, and as little as 9 interceptions. With his great mobility, passing, and arm, Shannahan can work his magic with the 21 year old.
Fields has great talent and laser accuracy who can make difficult throws look easy. With the growing talent behind center in the NFC west why wouldn’t the 49ers make a move to improve the QB play and maximize Shanahan’s scheme with quick throws and a cannon of an arm that Fields possess. Not to mention the ties that they have from QB Collective so Shanahan has an idea of what he can do to improve Fields’ play behind center.
Pick 41. (Trade up with Lions received 41 for picks 69, 111 and 228) Carlos Basham Jr. DE Wake Forest
The 49ers Defensive Line took a step down from the 2019 season to the 2020 season, as star Defensive Tackle, Deforest Buckner, left to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the 14th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The 49ers had a injury-full season, with Dee Ford having another injury making it expected for him to get cut this offseason. Stud Defensive End, Carlos Basham Jr. from Wake Forest, has consistently shown to be a dominant player in college, and with Kerry Hyder Jr. probably testing free agency, Basham might just be the last star player the 49ers need to have one of the best Defensive Lines in the NFL.
Basham has speed on the outside that would allow Armstead to move inside where he plays better. Not to mention that would take some of the pressure off of Kinlaw and Bosa allowing them to set the tone and move up field faster. We probably won’t see a line like that in 2019 but give Kris Kocurek a guy with the tools that Basham has and it would help immensely to get back to the efficiency that line had.
Pick 102. Quinn Meinerz C Wisconsin
Meinerz is a person who shined at the senior bowl and built his draft stock up a ton. We all know that the interior of the offensive line played horrendous in pass protection this season. Meinerz is a dog and can handle his own in pass protection and run blocking; he’d definitely be an upgrade from the slew of rotational guys we had this season. Meinerz has the ability to play guard or center so that versatility makes this pick so appealing given our recent struggles in the interior of the offensive line. The San Francisco 49ers had a rough season at center, with Weston Richburg, Ben Garland and Hroniss Grassu being injured, which they had to move Right Tackle, Daniel Brunskill into center. With the addition of a young center, and maybe even a veteran like Alex Mack, the 49ers will improve one of the most damaged areas of their team.
Pick 117. Shaun Wade DB Ohio State
Wade shined in his three seasons playing for the Buckeyes, he can play multiple schemes and fill in at nickel if needed. Wade possesses great size and speed along with good field vision allowing to always be able to make a play on the ball. Wade was projected as a 1st round grade if he had declared last off season, instead he chose to return and make the transition to boundary corner which hurt his stock drastically. The talent is there with Wade and if put in the right scheme he will flourish. With most of our Secondary leaving in free agency he’d be able step in and make an impact opposite of Emmanual Mosely.
Pick 156. Shi Smith WR South Carolina
Trent Taylor had a very discouraging season, as he only had 10 receptions for 86 yards from the slot. The 49ers had many issues with Wide Receivers during the 2020 season, after many injuries carted the players off the field for some time. Rookie Wide Receiver Brandon Aiyuk played spectacular although he also missed some games because of injury. Shi Smith could develop into a great slot receiver in the 49ers scheme, especially with his great release. Through his 4 years in college he had 2204 receiving yards and 13 receiving touchdowns. If Shi lands on the right system he could be a great slot receiver. Explosive and dynamic two words to describe Shi Smith given the 49ers recent troubles with finding a consistent slot threat Smith fits the bill perfectly. Dynamic routes, explosive after the catch and at times playing larger than his listed size at 5’10. All great traits that should translate to the next level.
Pick 173. Israel Mukuamu DB South Carolina
At 6’3 Mukuamu moves like he’s 5’9 with fluid hips and great footwork at the line at scrimmage. The only thing he needs to work on would be his jam at the line which can offset his balance, but that is something that can be learned. Mukuamu in the 49ers zone defense would be a nightmare allowing either Mosely or Wade to fill the Nickel spot. He’s as physical as it gets and could even play Sub LB in certain packages allowing DeMeco Ryans our new Defensive Cordinator to have a field day scheming up different packages and terrorize offenses.
Pick 182. Caden Sterns S Texas
Sterns has great instincts and always seems to know where the ball is. The only critique seems to be the physicality of his game, but with that being said Sterns plays with a purpose and will do everything he can to make a play on the ball. The 49ers could definitely use a player with instincts that Sterns possesses, with the possibility of losing Jaquiski Tartt to free agency Sterns would cushion the blow left at Safety along with the opportunity to fight for the starting role with Tarvarius Moore in a contract year.
Pick 204. (Texans trade up for 196 received 204 and 213) Marquez Stevenson WR Houston
WR depth and the return game are two areas that the 49ers constantly struggled with in 2020, but Marquez Stevenson could have the opportunity to carve out a role for himself in both of those categories. The Houston speedster has sub 4.4 speed and in four seasons with the Cougars he has been able to garner 2,269 yards on 147 receptions with 22 TDs. He does well in contested catches for someone his size, at 5’10 he isn’t the biggest receiver. I think he’s ideal for the 49ers and would be a steal in the later rounds of the draft.
Pick 213. Ta’Quon Graham DL Texas
Graham has the ability to utilize his hands at the line making it harder to be stopped on his way to blow up a play. He’s capable enough to be a rotational guy with a high motor that makes it seem that to never end at times. I think the most appealing thing about Graham is his versatility to being able to line up at the edge or inside. I think it’s something that would only compliment our starters especially with the possibility of losing guys like Jordan Willis and DJ Jones to free agency.