Despite rumors that the 49ers might trade players and/or future picks to climb back in to Day 2, nothing materialized and Rounds 2 and 3 passed without a selection.
And so we move on to Day 3, where the 49ers have picks in the 5th (156), 6th (210), and 7th (217, 245) rounds. But who’s left? Let’s take a look at one player from each position for the 49ers to consider on Day 3:
QB - James Morgan, FIU
According to reports, the 49ers met with Morgan at the East-West Shrine Game. A developmental prospect, Morgan would most likely stick on the roster as a QB 3 to be groomed as an eventual replacement for Nick Mullens when his contract expires.
RB - Joshua Kelley, UCLA
Shanahan likes quick and agile backs, and Kelley checks both boxes registering a 4.49 40 at the combine to go along with a 6.95 3-cone. Good size at 5’11, 212 pounds, rushed for over 1,000 yards in both seasons at UCLA.
WR - Gabriel Davis, UCF
One of my favorite late round prospects in this draft, Davis certainly looks the part physically at 6’2, 216 pounds. Finished his Jr. year at UCF with 1,241 yards receiving and 12 TDs before declaring early for the NFL.
TE - Charlie Taumoepeau, Portland St
Fluid route runner and big play machine, averaged 16.6 yards during his career. Played both ways his Sr. year suiting up as a DE as well. The 49ers held a facetime meeting with him prior to the draft so there is interest.
OLine - Jon Runyan, Michigan
Runyan played both left and right Tackle at Michigan, but his future is on the inside. His combine results were mediocre for a Tackle, but would’ve placed him above average at guard.
Edge - Kenny Willekes, Michigan St
Slipped in the draft due to some of his measurables but on the field he is relentless. Non stop motor off the edge and in run defense. The 49ers met with Willekes via Facetime at end of March.
LB - Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State
Only 224 pounds he’ll need to add weight, but skills are impressive. Will need to carve out a role on special teams to have value in 2020.
CB - Bryce Hall, Virginia
A former wide receiver and 3 year starter at UVA, reliable in both man and zone coverage, excellent ball skills, and an aggressive, physical tackler. 49ers will most likely need to trade up to land Hall.
S - L’Jarius Sneed, Lousiana Tech
Sneed is the best athlete left at the safety position in the draft. Runs a 4.37 40 and has adequate coverage and tackling abilities. Projects as zone safety or press corner.
I intentionally left interior defensive line off the list, as based on the current roster and the Javon Kinlaw selection there is no more room at the inn.
So that’s it, just a short list of players available on Day 3 that the 49ers might select to add depth to their roster. Which players do you think the Niners should purse on Day 3? Let us know in the comments below!
And now onto those links:
49ers believed to be interested in Trent Williams, per report (Justin Wong, 49ers WebZone)
The case for the 49ers’ selection of Brandon Aiyuk (Jason Aponte, 49ers WebZone)
Marquise Goodwin remains with 49ers but for how long? (Charean Williams, PFT)
NFL Draft 2020: 49ers players react to Javon Kinlaw, Brandon Aiyuk picks (Ali Thanawalla, NBC Sports Bay Area)
Ratto: The 49ers do the same thing again, only differently (Ray Ratto, 95.7 The Game)
San Francisco 49ers: Best late-round NFL Draft picks in franchise history (Brandon Powell, Niner Noise)
Where 49ers’ Javon Kinlaw could struggle initially, per Ian Williams (Ali Thanawalla, NBC Sports Bay Area)
What needs remain for 49ers on Day 3 of NFL draft? (Kyle Madson, Niners Wire)