Good morning! For fellow east coast San Francisco 49ers fans, it’s lunch time, and we’ve been awake for awhile. For west coast and other 49ers fans, it’s just a wee bit earlier!
The 2017 NFL Draft enters its final day, with rounds four through seven ready to go. This is the day for the most diehard of football fans. There will be some notable names coming off the board, but a lot of these picks are guys of whom we have heard little if anything over the last few months. I know some of y’all will know them, but there will be a lot of “huh?” moments for me today.
The 49ers have a sizable chunk of picks to close out the draft. They have six picks on the day. That includes a fourth round pick, two fifth and sixth round picks, and one seventh round pick.
The team heads into the final day having drafted a defensive lineman, a linebacker, a cornerback, and a quarterback, while making four trades the first two days. They have plenty of needs remaining. You could make arguments for wide receiver, offensive line, running back, tight end, edge rusher, and safety, among others. The 49ers have the picks to address several of them them, but we'll see where they surprise us.
Round four kicks off at 9:00 a.m. PT from Philadelphia. The NFL allows five minutes per pick in rounds four through seven, and then four minutes per compensatory pick in all rounds.
ESPN and NFL Network will once again provide television coverage. I prefer NFL Network, but given that I spend more time on Twitter than watching the television screen, I suppose it's not too big a deal what is on.
If you do not have television access during the draft, NFL.com/live will provide a live stream of the day's festivities.
1. First round: Solomon Thomas, DL, Alabama
2. First round: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
3. Third round: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
4. Third round: C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa
5. Fourth round: Comp pick - No. 37 (143 overall)
6. Fifth round: Own - No. 2 (146 overall)
7. Fifth round: Washington (Derek Carrier trade) - No. 17 (161 overall)
8. Sixth round: Baltimore Ravens (Jeremy Zuttah trade) - No. 14 (198 overall)
9. Sixth round: Denver Broncos (Vernon Davis trade) - No. 18 (202 overall)
10. Seventh round: New Orleans Saints - No. 1 (229 overall)