We’re going to get another 2018 NFL mock draft or two before the NFL Scouting Combine actually gets underway, and the latest is a big one: a four-round mock from Chad Reuter of NFL.com. I always enjoy looking at the longer mocks, especially because at some point I assume it just becomes a look at a list of needs and a look at a list of best players available.
Still, we’re going to roll through this one and see what the 49ers are up to in the eyes of Reuter. Like most mocks, he has the San Francisco 49ers picking ninth overall, though that has yet to be determined.
This mock goes the way a lot of mocks go, with N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Notre Dame offensive guard Quenton Nelson all gone before the 49ers pick. But guess who isn’t?
Minkah Fitzpatrick, defensive back out of Alabama. They list him as a safety, but I still those people who think he’s only a safety are being reductive. The writeup is short — “Fitzpatrick will be the leader of the Niners’ secondary for years to come.”
In the second round, this mock has the 49ers taking running back Nick Chubb out of Georgia, with no writeup. In the third round, the 49ers take Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson and Missouri wide receiver J’Mon Moore. In the fouth, they take cornerback Dane Cruikshank of Arizona.
I’m not very familiar with most of those names, but the positions are right, at least. I like the idea of adding two cornerbacks within the first four rounds, though, unless the 49ers address the position in free agency, which is not guaranteed by any means. What do you folks think of this four-rounder?