The San Francisco 49ers have some decisions to make as the 2018 NFL Draft approaches, and mock drafts are slowly transitioning to reflect that. Reuben Foster remains a big question mark for the coming season, and one has to wonder how much his potential absence will impact the team’s draft board.
Around the time we were learning about Foster’s charges, NFL Draft analyst Dane Brugler posted a full seven-round mock draft. He passed on both Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds, and instead choice Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward in the first round. He did not address linebacker until the third round, selecting Texas outside linebacker Malik Jefferson. It sounds like Jefferson could potentially play in the middle, but is better suited as a weak side linebacker.
Here is the full list of picks for the 49ers, courtesy of Brugler.
1(9). Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
2(59). Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
3(70). Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest
3(74). Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
4(128). Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech
5(143). DeShon Elliott, S, Texas
6(184). RJ McIntosh, DT, Miami (Fla.)
7(223). Will Dissly, TE, Washington
7(240). Siran Neal, CB/S, Jacksonville State
It seems likely that the team will address the linebacker position a bit more forcefully, but as is, what do you think of this class? I’m quite intrigued by a huge receiver like Equanimeous St. Brown. He stands 6’5 and brings solid 4.48 speed to the field. There are questions about his competitiveness, which I imagine John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan would focus a lot on in the pre-draft process. But you can’t teach 6’5!
Wyatt Teller is intriguing as a potential sleeper on day three. One ACC analyst said he took a step back in 2017, and projects as a much better player than what he showed. The 49ers need to find competition for the interior line. They have Jonathan Cooper, Laken Tomlinson, Joshua Garnett, and Erik Magnuson competing for an opportunity to start. Someone like Teller does not come in with a need to claim a starting spot right away, but instead would have time to work on technique and his all-around game. And if he happened to step up in a big way as a rookie, all the better!
How would you grade this mock draft haul?
How would you grade Brugler’s 7-round mock draft for the 49ers?
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