We’ve seen a change in draft equilibrium as Nick Bosa is beginning to fall one spot into the San Francisco 49ers’ hands at No. 2. This mock draft put together by the folks at Draft Wire offers nothing new in this shift, but it does give us a couple rounds after Bosa to see who the 49ers come up with.
Here’s what the 49ers walked away with.
1st round: Nick Bosa (DE, Ohio State)
2nd round: A.J. Brown (WR, Ole Miss)
3rd Round: Derrick Baity (CB, Kentucky)
Nick Bosa is self explanatory. I don’t need to go into why this is a fit with the 49ers and fills the No. 1 need the team has at edge rusher.
Then there’s A.J. Brown. There’s only one thing you need to know about him—he gets separation. That means Kyle Shanahan is all over this guy. 6’1, 225 lbs, this guy could be a decent wide receiving threat in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. 49ers fans may have a bad taste in their mouths from wide receivers with the first name A.J., but this guy could be fun to watch. My issue isn’t the history of the name, but the 49ers wide receiver group. I’m in the camp of Odell Beckham Jr. or Antonio Brown or no wide receiver at all. The 49ers don’t have near as much of an issue at wide receiver at No. 2 as they do at guard, linebacker and other positions. That concern aside, A.J. Brown isn’t a bad pick in the slightest (some consider him the best wide receiver in the draft) and could solidify the wide receiving unit. Here’s his draft card from The Draft Network.
Then there’s Derrick Baity. The 49ers take the Kentucky defender, but it’s not Josh Allen. I loved what I saw out of Baity at Kentucky. While he has great film (especially the first half of the season where he dominated receivers), I’d prefer the 49ers use this pick on the offensive line. While I’d prefer that, the 49ers couldn’t get anything consistent opposite Richard Sherman and could use a cornerback as well. I say offensive line, but a cornerback won’t get arguments. Here’s Baity’s draft card.
What do you think of these three picks?