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2017 NFL mock draft: Comparing 2 three-round mocks

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These two mock drafts go in a distinctly different direction for the San Francisco 49ers.

We have been looking at 2017 NFL mock drafts for a couple months now, and in recent weeks, a consensus has started to emerge for the San Francisco 49ers pick at No. 2. Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett is regularly picked No. 1, and North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky is going No. 2. We’ll keep on eye on this trend, but I also want to look at broader mocks that offer a little more than the same ol’ same ol’.

I came across a pair of three-round mock drafts this week, and they provide a completely different perspective than what many are saying. They both went a different direction for the 49ers, and then offered some additional work for the enxt two rounds.

NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter had a mock draft that has the 49ers landing Myles Garrett. He has Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson going No. 1, which is something we will probably see in the mix for the foreseeable future. It will be a minority of mocks, but we’ll see it. The other two picks are Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya.

I do think drafting a running back is not out of the realm of the possible this year, and Kyle Shanahan taking control of the roster could result in a day two or three running back pick. We’ve seen what two strong running backs have done for Atlanta. The Falcons drafted Devonta Freeman in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and then Tevin Coleman in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. I’m curious to see just how early, if at all, the 49ers draft a running back this year.

Meanwhile, San Diego Union Tribune draft writer Eddie Brown had the 49ers going with Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen at No. 2 after the Browns took Garrett. Here’s what he had to say about that pick:

If Kyle Shanahan signs on as head coach, as expected, and decides to back up a Brink’s truck to Kirk Cousins in free agency, quarterback suddenly isn’t a priority. Then you either trade down to stockpile picks or take best player available. The Bronko Nagurski Award winner — best defender in the nation — would have been a first round selection had he entered the draft last year. Allen made the right choice staying in school because he’s developed into a one-man wrecking-crew who can dominate either inside or outside. Top needs: QB, WR, ILB

The Cousins logic influences the remaining two picks of his three-round mock draft. He has the 49ers selecting USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round, and USC cornerback Adoree’ Jackson in the third round.

If the 49ers do make a move for Kirk Cousins, they will still need to look at the quarterback position in the 2017 NFL Draft. They would not be looking to spend an early pick, but I agree with the Ron Wolf philosophy of drafting quarterbacks regularly, even if you think you have an answer for the foreseeable future.