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2017 NFL mock draft: Comparing a pair of 3-round drafts

They both net out a safety and a wide receiver, but they go in different directions.

The top of 2017 NFL mock drafts have settled into a lot of the same kind of thing, and so the time has come to try and mix it up a bit. I’ll still be posting about first round mock drafts, but I’d like to try and find more multi-round mocks to see what we can decipher.

On Wednesday, SI NFL writer Chris Burke and RealGM writer Jeff Risdon each released a three-round mock draft. It is mostly familiar names, but the two writers took different paths in adding talent to the San Francisco 49ers roster.

Chris Burke

1. Jamal Adams, S, LSU
2. DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
3. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

Jeff Risdon

1. Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
2. John Ross, WR, Washington
3. Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado

Adams offers more experience than Hooker, with Hooker only having one year as a starter under his belt. On the other hand, Hooker seems to have the better skills to play the center field position, while Adams seems better suited closer to the box. That’s not to say Adams is a bad pick, but Hooker could provide the better combination of talent and need.

Ross is an intriguing option given the crazy speed show he put on at the NFL Combine. Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson are expected to provide the 49ers with deep threats, but Ross would be an intriguing long-term possibility.

And of course, there’s the DeShone Kizer pick. We’ve heard John Lynch talk about Kizer’s strong interview at the Combine. Kizer talked about spending time with Lynch before his Pro Day. Clearly there is a connection. But will Kizer be there at No. 34, and if so, does Kyle Shanahan have the same interest as John Lynch may appear to have?