The San Francisco 49ers hold the No. 2 pick in a draft that features a lot of question marks at the top. There are seriously talented players, but there is no clear choice for the time being. And given the 49ers large number of roster needs, that could be either a good thing or a bad thing.
SB Nation’s Dan Kadar put together his latest 2017 NFL mock draft, and he has the 49ers selecting UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky. The prospect formally declared for the draft on Monday, and is expected by many to go early on day one. But given the questions among all the quarterbacks, is quarterback the right position on which to use that No. 2 pick?
Dan’s mock included a list of key needs for each team. For the 49ers, he included quarterback, pass rusher, cornerback, and wide receiver. I have seen those positions mentioned before, and I can see some areas of it to some extent. I don’t think cornerback is quite as high a need as others, but I do think quarterback, pass rusher, and wide receiver are at the top of list.
I have seen mock drafts suggest Alabama inside linebacker Reuben Foster as a potential option at No. 2. Those have changed their tune to Trubisky, but you can make an argument that a long-term need at inside linebacker is up there. NaVorro Bowman is coming off his second major leg injury, and while Ray-Ray Armstrong did get an extension, it was only two years. The team clearly wants to see more from him before committing anything bigger.
I don’t know that this makes ILB worthy of such a high pick, but where does best player available fit in? And if you are a BPA type of person, does that mean going with someone like Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen. He is a monster on the line, but the 49ers have also invested two straight first round picks on the unit. A new GM and head coach might want to do that, but where do you set the line between rebuilding, and utilizing some of the assets you have in place?
What are your biggest needs on the roster right now?