This is the last mock draft you’ll see until the next draft. The San Francisco 49ers own the 13th, and 31st picks in the draft. Before we get into the mock drafts, this was the play Kyle Shanahan was watching when he recorded this:
The clip Kyle was watching was when Tua Threw A Pass to Jerry Jeudy for a gain of 38 yards. pic.twitter.com/4Q5YcBK3b4— Daniel (@dddanielhh) April 23, 2020
Here is who pundits think the Niners will select tonight.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network - WR Justin Jefferson, LSU/CB Jeff Gladney, TCU
The 49ers will likely trade back with one of their two first-round selections. If they stay here, Jefferson could be the surprise pick. His route-running savvy and toughness match up well with San Francisco’s setup.
Gladney is a feisty playmaker who would give the 49ers some much-needed youth/speed in the secondary.
Ben Allbright, Pro Football Network - WR Henry Ruggs, Alabama/ CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson
Two-year starter who caught 40 passes for 746 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior in 2019. Made 46 receptions for 741 yards and a career-high 11 touchdowns as a sophomore. Missed one game in 2019 due to bruised ribs.
Athletic cornerback with a high upside. Physical, battles receivers, and works hard to defend throws. Displays good awareness, knows where his opponent is on the field, and effectively covers receivers on crossing patterns.
Mel Kiper, ESPN - WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama, S Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota
Finally, a wide receiver comes off the board, and this could start a run. San Francisco has two first-round picks but no picks in the second, third or fourth rounds, so keep an eye on No. 13 or No. 31 being dealt.
Again, keep an eye on the 49ers trading down. But if they stay here, defensive back is the position they should target, and Winfield could play deep safety or slot corner. Noah Igbinoghene, whose parents were both Olympians, is another corner to watch at the end of Round 1.
Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting - WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama/ OT Josh Jones, Houston
Niners would love to move down, likely to a team that wants to secure their OT. If they stay, they get a top receiver in Jeudy.
49ers will likely look to move down (for a team looking at JK Dobbins or D’Andre Swift, most likely), but Jones is a possible 1st rounder and would be a good pick behind Staley.
Dan Kadar, SB Nation - WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama/ CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
It feels like this pick could be down to Jeudy or Florida cornerback CJ Henderson. On a team with an offensive-minded head coach in Kyle Shanahan, I’m going with Jeudy. Cornerback can wait until later for the 49ers.
Diggs is raw coming out of Alabama, but he can learn from Richard Sherman and eventually replace him.
Josh Wilson, CBS Sports - WR Henry Ruggs, Alabama/ CB Kristian Fulton (pick No. 41)
San Francisco could easily slide down a bit, but they traded away a really good player to receive this pick. I think they should stand pat and select the speedster from Alabama. It will open up their offense even more.
San Francisco was able to drop back a bit and still get a cornerback that received first-round grades from some teams.
Charles Davis, NFL.com - WR CeeDee Lamb, CB Diggs
The receiver run is underway, as the Niners add my top-rated player at the position.
Big, physical former WR who will make plays on the ball and tackle. Diggs will immediately compete to start opposite Richard Sherman.
Skylar Carlin, Clutch Points - WR Jerry Jeudy
Early in free agency, the San Francisco 49ers acquired the No. 13 pick for DeForest Buckner. Following the departure of Emmanuel Sanders, the 49ers pair Deebo Samuel with Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy gives San Francisco a remarkable wide receiver group for the foreseeable future.
After the Lions negotiate a deal with the Dolphins for the No. 3 pick, they should have more draft capital for the future. Instead of staying put in the second round, Detroit moves back into the first round to grab Neville Gallimore, improving the interior of their defensive front. At the same time, the 49ers get a chance to acquire picks for day two.
Doug Farrar, Touchdown Wire - WR Lamb, DB Ashytn Davis, Cal
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is the NFL’s best offensive play designer, which is how he created a top-tier passing attack last season without an alpha receiver. Yes, George Kittle is the game’s premier tight end, and Deebo Samuel is a most impressive package player, but if Shanahan were able to add Lamb to his offense, Jimmy Garoppolo just might look as good as the 49ers seem to think he is. Lamb brings DeAndre Hopkins to mind with his quickness, toughness, and route understanding.
The 49ers are pretty set at cornerback with Richard Sherman and Emmanuel Moseley outside and K’Waun Williams in the slot, but the safety group is less defined. Ideally, in Robert Saleh’s defense, there’s a prototypical deep third safety who can run with the quickest receivers all over the field. Davis, who walked on at Cal to run track and then started pestering the football coaches for a spot, has become that sort of player. Davis is tough enough to play in the box as well, but in Saleh’s schemes, he’d be an ideal range defender.
Evan Silva, Establish The Run - WR Jeudy, CB Fulton
Jeudy’s separation skills would add a new dimension to Kyle Shanahan’s attack.
Richard Sherman is 32, and San Francisco’s right cornerback spot is a revolving door.