Day 2 of the 2016 NFL Draft gets going in a few hours, and the San Francisco 49ers will be waiting a little bit before picking. The 49ers have nine picks remaining in the draft, but nothing in the third following Thursday's trade back into the first round. The 49ers next pick is No. 68 overall, which is the fifth pick in the third round.
The 49ers head into day two with plenty of needs remaining. They are potentially still in a position to just go best player available for most of the rest of the draft. That being said, there are still some intriguing needs higher than others. They drafted defensive tackle DeForest Buckner and offensive guard Joshua Garnett in the first round, solidifying the trenches. Of course, that does not mean the team is finished addressing the trenches. When we ran our 49ers needs poll, offensive tackle finished first, and offensive guard finished third. Would anybody surprised if the 49ers drafted an offensive tackle on Friday?
Quarterback remains on our radar, although the 49ers do not seem to be in a big hurry to address the position. Connor Cook is likely the next quarterback off the board, with Christian Hackenberg and Dak Prescott among those in the mix as well. How many QBs go before the 49ers come up in the third round?
Inside linebacker seems to remain a need as well, to some extent. Gerald Hodges and Michael Wilhoite are the two primary options next to NaVorro Bowman. The 49ers could be fine with that, but with some intriguing options out there, the 49ers could spend their third round pick here.
Outside linebacker, cornerback, and wide receiver are three other needs to consider. If the team sticks with a BPA strategy, that gives them plenty of positions to consider when pick 68 comes up Friday evening.
The 49ers made a move up into the first round. Could they make another move into the back end of the second round? Considering they moved from 2nd to 1st with a 4th and a 6th, a move into the second round really isn't that difficult. It is entirely unpredictable to say a trade will or won't happen. Trent Baalke has shown he is more than willing to move around the draft board, so odds are decent he makes a trade. I guess we'll have to wait and see what the 49ers draft board brings to them.
1. First round: DeForest Buckner, DT, Oregon
2. First round: Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford
3. Third round: Own pick - No. 5 (68)
4. Fourth round: Comp pick - No. 35 (133)
5. Fifth round: San Diego Chargers (2015 draft-day trade) - No. 3 (142)
6. Fifth round: Own pick - No. 6 (145)
7. Fifth round: Comp pick - No. 37 (174)
8. Sixth round: Denver Broncos (Vernon Davis trade) - No. 32 (207)
9. Sixth round: Comp pick - No. 36 (211)
10. Sixth round: Comp pick - No. 38 (213)
11. Seventh: Kansas City Chiefs (2016 draft-day trade) - No. 28 (249)