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Pro Football Focus is here with their own mock draft. Who do they think will go to the 49ers?

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The folks at Pro Football Focus put together a three-round mock draft on Tuesday, which means they looked at the four possible picks for the San Francisco 49ers. No trades were done in this mock, meaning the 49ers were picking ninth, 59th, 70th, and 74th. That is a first, a second, and two thirds.

For the first pick they had Boston College edge-rusher Harold Landry. Here’s what they had to say about the pick:

Yes, the 49ers continue to draft defensive linemen in the first round, but Landry brings a body type and skillset not currently on the roster. He has the explosiveness to win on the edge and it showed up in 2016 when he finished with 18 sacks, seven QB hits and 44 hurries on only 322 rushes. He regressed slightly in 2017 while also battling injury, but at his best, he’s the top pass-rusher in the class while adding solid play against the run, and the 49ers have a chance to add another valuable piece to their defensive front.

Quinton Nelson went to the Chicago Bears at No. 8, for those curious as to why the 49ers would go edge instead of offensive line. If they are stuck at nine and that happens (which, it probably will), Landry makes complete sense. As discussed when asked about the 49ers needs, edge-rusher sat atop many of your lists. Landry fills that need. Going offensive line with Nelson gone at ninth is a huge reach akin to the Joshua Garnett grab back in 2016.

For the second pick at No. 59 over, they took Oklahoma State wide receiver Marcell Ateman

There’s still a need for playmakers in San Francisco and Ateman brings a big catch radius and red zone target with his 6-foot-4 frame. His 3.50 yards per route ranked fourth in the class last season as did his 134.7 passer rating when targeted.

This one isn’t so clear-cut. Wide receiver is a luxury in 2018. The 49ers could always use more playmakers, but if edge rusher is filled, the offensive line needs a serious look. Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown (note: he had a horrific combine), LSU guard/center Will Clapp , and Ohio State guard Billy Price were all available after this pick. The difference is Ateman could arguably be the best player available while the aforementioned linemen, could be a reach. Not as huge as a reach for one with the ninth pick, but still a possible reach. Ateman could be a great big-bodied, No. 1 wide receiver who could grow into the role with the 49ers. It’s a good pick but also a questionable one given their offensive line needs.

The 49ers had two third round picks. Their first one came at 70 and they selected South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore.

One of the best coverage linebackers in the draft, Moore is a key subpackage contributor at worst while providing insurance in the middle for troubled linebacker Reuben Foster. Moore had the nation’s No. 7 coverage grade last season at 88.8.

The position is a need more than most may realize. No matter what, Foster will be spending time off the field at some point, guilty or not guilty, charged or not charged. Regardless of a looming suspension, Foster’s injury history hasn’t been the best. Moore was a personal favorite in this year’s class. He can drop into coverage when needed and diagnoses runs as quick as the best of them. The concern with Moore is his thin frame and injury history. He’ll need to get to the weight room (and not get injured in there like he did in 2016) to be truly effective at the next level. If he’s on the sideline developing for a year, he’ll have Malcolm Smith as a mentor and in two years, he and Foster could make a destructive linebacker tandem. His draft profile on isn’t the most favorable, having him going in the 7th round. So maybe the 49ers could hold off on pulling the trigger, but the pick definitely makes sense.

The final pick in the 3rd round was safety Kyzir White at pick 74:

White played West Virginia’s slot/safety hybrid role and he excels against the run, where he posted the top grade in the nation among cornerbacks last season, and in underneath zones. That makes for a good fit as a strong safety in San Francisco’s defensive scheme.

Of all the things the 49ers would need immediately, safety is not one of them. They have Jaquiski Tartt, Adrian Colbert, and Jimmie Ward (though being moved to corner). The position is exploding with talent, so taking a safety this early might be a bit of a head scratcher, depending on the team’s plans for Ward. White is another favorite player, projected to go in the 3rd round. The reason why the position makes sense is he’s probably BPA at this point in this draft, and it’s a pick being made in observance of contracts expiring in due time. Not every productive player on the 49ers can be paid like Jimmy Garoppolo. White would not be rushed into a starting lineup right away and could learn the defense and take over for a departing player. That will help him with his hand strength and his weak open-field tackling.