The San Francisco 49ers head into the 2017 NFL Draft with ten draft picks, and plenty of value with those picks. Odds are pretty good they do some draft day dealing, so 2017 NFL mock drafts that go beyond a single round are not exactly ideal for assessing what the 49ers will actually do. That being said, they can provide us with some insight into where the team can find some help for the roster.
The folks over at USA Today’s Draft Wire put together a seven-round mock draft earlier this week, and our friends at Niners Wire took a look at the ten players assigned to the 49ers. It focuses on defense early, but adds some intriguing potential on the offensive side of the ball. Here’s the full ten-person class they come up with.
1 (2). Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
2 (34). Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
3. (66). Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
4 (109). Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami (FL)
4 (143). John Johnson, DB, Boston College
5 (146). Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
5 (161). Tanzel Smart, DL, Tulane
6 (186). Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan
6 (202). Brian Allen, CB, Utah
7 (219). Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Georgia
The Solomon Thomas pick is showing up a bit more in mock drafts. He’s an incredibly talented defensive lineman, but there are some questions about where he would best fit. As Rob Lowder suggested, there is a chance you have to move one of your three recent first round picks to a rotational role. If you think Thomas is the best player on the board after Myles Garrett, so be it, but the fit is a question.
Looking at the rest of the class, it certainly addresses potential needs. You get a developmental prospect at quarterback, and some additional depth at wide receiver and running back. On the defensive side of the ball, you find some help at all three levels. I am not sure what will happen with Ahmad Brooks, but while he remains on the roster, he seems like a strong bet to handle the SAM role. The team needs to get more young talent at LB, so it would be interesting to see Davis compete with Brooks for that kind of role.
What do you make of this seven-round draft? You might disagree with some of the particular players, but do you think it sufficiently addresses team needs?