The 2015 NFL Draft is officially a wrap, and as has become par for the course, Trent Baalke surprised most of us quite frequently. The Arik Armstead pick had the pitchforks out, and the follow-up Jaquiski Tartt pick had some folks shaking their heads. Things really went off the rails on Saturday when the 49ers drafted punter Bradley Pinion in the fifth round.
The San Francisco 49ers ended up making 11 makes on the day. At least one, wide receiver DeAndre Smelter will likely spend the season on the NFI list as the latest medical red-shirt. The other ten will compete for a variety of depth roles, with Pinion the only one with a strong chance at a starting job. That does not mean the 49ers will not get contributions from several of the picks, but they seem ticketed for reserve roles for now.
Here is a rundown of the 49ers entire 2015 NFL Draft class:
1 (17). Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon
2 (14). Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford
3 (15). Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
4 (18). Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma
4 (27). Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina
4 (33). DeAndre Smelter, WR, Georgia Tech
5 (29). Bradley Pinion, P, Clemson
6 (14). Ian Silberman, OL, Boston College
7 (27). Trenton Brown, OL, Florida
7 (37). Rory Anderson, TE, South Carolina
The team also picked up a fifth round pick (Chargers) and a sixth round pick (Cowboys) in the 2016 NFL Draft.
We'll have plenty of analysis and background information on the 49ers entire draft class in the coming days, weeks and months. And of course it is important to note that this does not complete the 49ers "rookie" class. The team now heads into the wild west that is undrafted free agency. Any player that was not drafted can sign with any team. We will hear a ton of rumors, with nothing fully confirmed until the team announces it.
We'll be tracking the UDFA rumors, which will flow fast and furious today, tomorrow and beyond. There will be some incorrect information out there in part because things happen so fast. Player X will get an offer from one team, but could change his mind at the last minute because a situation offering more playing time opens up. I'll have a UDFA thread up shortly for tracking the rumors in one place.