It’s mock draft season, but for me, it’s still early for paying too much attention to them. So naturally, we’re going to look at another mock draft! This one is a two-round mock from Dan Kadar of SB Nation, and he has the San Francisco 49ers going in a direction in the first round that is even more important in the wake of the Reuben Foster arrest.
But it’s not a surprise, as multiple mocks have been sending this player to the 49ers: linebacker Tremaine Edmunds of Virginia Tech. My first-round pick would be Minkah Fitzpatrick if I had my one player, but Fitzpatrick goes to the Chicago Bears in this particular mock.
Few players in this draft have as much raw potential and upside than Edmunds, who doesn’t turn 20 until May. Edmunds excels when he makes a read, quickly reacts, and uses his athleticism to shut down a play.
In the second round, at No. 59 overall, he has the 49ers taking Oregon offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby. There are no writeups for the second round, but it’s worth noting he has the New England Patriots taking USC edge defender Rasheem Green with the pick the 49ers traded for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Back to Crosby, though. He isn’t a player I’m too familiar with, so how about some scouting reports and rankings? The folks at Draft Wire have him ranked as the sixth-best offensive tackle. Over at Draftek, they have him listed as the No. 10 overall offensive tackle. Walter Football also has him ranked 10th overall.
As for scouting reports, there are always so many opinions. Draft Wire calls him a “long-armed prospect with ideal size who possesses the raw strength to be a quality starter at the next level.” They also describe him as having a “mean streak,” which of course is cliche but the best tackles are probably cliche.
For negatives, the folks at NE Patriots Draft, saying “most, if not all of Crosby’s issues are in pass protection.”
With three tackles on injured reserve, it makes sense the 49ers would take a tackle relatively early if they don’t fill the need in free agency.