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49ers address offensive line in CBS’s latest Mock Draft

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It’s not a guard, so are you okay with the Niners drafting a player in the first round to sit the bench Year 1?

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Instead of talking about the same player in each Mock Draft, I’ve been trying to find the ones where the San Francisco 49ers aren’t taking a safety or wide receiver. It seems like it’s safeties Xavier McKinney or Grant Delpit, or it’s a wide receiver like Tee Higgins at pick No. 31. In CBS’s latest Mock Draft, they have the 49ers selecting an offensive lineman:

Josh Jones OL

HOUSTON • SR • 6’5” / 319 LBS

PROJECTED TEAM

San FranciscoPROSPECT RNK

28th POSITION RNK 5th

It shouldn’t be shocking if the 49ers start to sort of rebuild their offensive line in the next few years prepping for the next period of Kyle Shanahan running things.

Jones is PFF’s fourth tackle overall, and they had him as their No. 14 overall player on their big board. Jones’s grade in 2019 was 93.2, which was second among all tackles. Here’s what they have to say about Jones:

Jones has shut down pretty much every defender he’s faced this season, whether it was at Houston or the Senior Bowl. He may be older and less athletic than the other top tackles, but he doesn’t lose. Jones’ dominant senior season has pushed him all the way into the Round 1 conversation. He’s got the tools and performance to be a starting NFL tackle for a long time

I don’t have any takes on Jones, but I do have an issue with having your first-round pick ride the bench as a rookie.

Sports Info Solutions rookie handbook as Jones as their sixth overall tackle. Jones was the only tackle in the draft who didn’t have a blown block in pass protection, which is pretty crazy to think about. He also was tied for fourth in their stat called “yards before contract when run behind.” Here is their blurb on Jones:

Jones has the quick feet, mobility, and block temperament to be a solid contributor on the left side at the next level, but lacks overall power and run blocking ability to be a complete player right away. Jones projects as a low-end starter at left tackle in a zone-blocking scheme at the next level due to his athleticism and body control against quicker edge rushers.

If I’m taking an offensive lineman in the first round, he better have Joe Staley’s ceiling. It sounds hyperbolic, but seriously, give me a guy that can score or stop the other team from scoring. I’d take my chances at finding the next Daniel Brunskill instead. Would you be okay with this pick, and are you find with a first-rounder sitting on the bench the first year?