A day after moving down in the first round, the San Francisco 49ers decided to stand pat in round two of the 2015 NFL Draft. The team used the 46th overall pick to select Samford safety Jaquiski Tartt. The pick comes a bit out of left field, with no reported contact between team and player. I'm guessing we'll find out from Tartt during his conference call if he had contact with the 49ers.
From the scouting reports below, it sounds like Tartt has the size and big hitting ability, but struggles in coverage and general consistency. He's a small-school guy, so we'll have to wait and see how he transitions to the competition level of the NFL. Of course, in similar fashion to Armstead, the 49ers don't really need an instant impact from Tartt. It sounds like strong safety is his best role, and he would not convert to cornerback in any fashion.
Baalke talks first two days of 2015 NFL Draft
The San Francisco have three draft picks under their belt through the first two days of the 2015 NFL Draft. General manager Trent Baalke met with the media Friday evening to discuss the draft thus far. Here's a full transcript.
The 49ers have Eric Reid and Antoine Bethea in the backfield, so they can take their time to develop Tartt. Eventually, we could see Tartt at strong safety, with Jimmie Ward the permanent nickel. And we can't forget Reid's concussion history. Antoine Bethea is not going to be around forever, so having extra depth is important. And the sooner they can develop a replacement for Craig Dahl, the better.
Here are some scouting reports on Tartt:
Our friends at Over The Cap have put together rookie pool estimates. For this pick, the 49ers will be giving Tartt approximately a $1,672,324 signing bonus. The total value of the deal will be approximately $4,691,944, and the first year cap number would be approximately $853,081. We'll get confirmation on these numbers later this summer.
Remaining 49ers draft picks
1 (17). Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon
2 (14). Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford
3 (15). No. 79 overall - Own pick
4 (18). No. 117 overall - San Diego Chargers
4 (27). No. 126 overall - Denver Broncos (2014 draft trade)
4 (33). No. 132 overall - Compensatory pick (Donte Whitner)
5 (15). No. 151 overall - Own pick
6 (14). No. 189 overall - Own pick
7 (29). No. 246 overall - Indianapolis Colts (2013 Cam Johnson trade)
7 (37). No. 254 overall - Compensatory pick (Anthony Dixon)
*Note that 49ers comp picks can not be traded.
49ers top remaining needs
In no particular order, since opinions will differ on importance:
- Wide Receiver
- Inside linebacker
- Offensive Line
2015 NFL Draft schedule
Friday, May 1 - 4 p.m. PT (Round 2 - 7 Minutes, Round 3 - 5 Minutes Per Pick)
Saturday, May 2 - 9 a.m. PT (Rounds 4-6 - 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick)
TV: NFL Network and ESPN / ESPN2