The folks at CBS Sports put together weekly mock drafts leading up to each NFL Draft, and we get a pair from their “Draft experts” Rob Rang and Dane Brugler. They each released their latest 2017 NFL mock drafts on Tuesday, and they go in slightly different directions for the San Francisco 49ers.
Rang’s mock has the Cleveland Browns drafting North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky No. 1, and then the 49ers drafting Texas A&M outside linebacker Myles Garrett No. 2. Brugler has the browns selecting Garrett, and then the 49ers selecting Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer.
Here is what Rang had to say about the Browns selecting Trubisky. It would be a surprise if the 49ers let Garrett slip past them at No. 2, so the unexpected No. 1 pick is more pertinent:
If any of the quarterbacks on Cleveland's current roster had shown flashes of being a franchise savior this season, the Browns might consider taking Myles Garrett or Jonathan Allen, the best players in the draft. Barring the addition of a veteran in the offseason, the likeliest scenario come spring has Cleveland giving Hue Jackson his pick of a shaky quarterback class. CBSSports.com's Jason LaCanfora has reported that the Browns are already honing in on Trubisky, an Ohio native and childhood Browns fan. The 6-foot-3, 220 pound Trubisky has the tools and intangibles to excite but is a huge projection as an NFL franchise quarterback after only emerging UNC's starter this season.
Here is what Brugler had to say about the 49ers picking Kizer:
If the front office and coaching situations remain the same, there is a good chance this pick is a quarterback, but which one? Kizer has the skill-set that fits what Chip Kelly wants to do and has a very high ceiling.
Both Rang and Brugler references Trent Baalke and/or Chip Kelly in their assessment. Considering we don’t know the job status of either guy, it leaves things open in a big way. If Garrett goes No. 1 as a lot of people expect, the No. 2 pick could be a whole host of players. Maybe they go quarterback, maybe they go with someone like Reuben Foster, maybe they go defensive line for the third straight year, maybe they find another pass rusher, or maybe they trade down. There are always maybes in the draft, but it is especially true for the 49ers heading into 2017.