General manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to the media after making the pick on Thursday and said they zeroed in on the North Dakota State product on Monday.
Despite all the outside noise, the Niners passed up on Alabama’s Mac Jones, who fell to the New England Patriots at No. 15. Some draft pundits had San Francisco going with Ohio State’s Justin Fields, but he wound up going 11th overall to the Chicago Bears.
Now that the QB selection is out of the way, the focus shifts to the Niners’ remaining picks. Despite having a strong roster, the team still has a few positions it needs to address. The first area is the secondary. With veterans Jason Verrett, Jaquiski Tartt and K’Waun Williams on one-year deals, Lynch and Shanahan will likely look to add a cornerback and safety at some point over the next two days.
UPDATE: The 49ers made a deal with the Las Vegas Raiders to move back five spots, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
SF trades pick No. 43 and a 7th-round pick to Las Vegas for No. 48 and a fourth-round pick (121). https://t.co/P62eVKMEpt— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2021
UPDATE: San Francisco beefs up the offensive line by selecting Notre Dame guard Aaron Banks with the 48th pick.
The #49ers at No. 17 in the second round ND G Aaron Banks. A huge guard to protect Jimmy G and eventually Trey Lance.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 1, 2021
Update: The 49ers trade picks 117 and 121 to the Los Angeles Rams for pick No. 88.
The 49ers traded up to No. 88 to select Ohio St. RB Trey Sermon— Niners Nation (@NinersNation) May 1, 2021
Update: The Niners made a move to address their need in the secondary by taking Michigan CB Ambry Thomas with pick No. 102.
Here is how to watch today’s portion of the NFL Draft:
Friday, April 30
Start time: 4 p.m. PT
TV: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, fuboTV
Stream: NFL app, ESPN app
Here is a complete list of the 49ers’ draft picks:
- Round 1, Pick 3: North Dakota State QB Trey Lance
- Round 2, Pick 48: Notre Dame guard Aaron Banks
- Round 3, Pick 88 (via Rams): Ohio State RB Trey Sermon
- Round 3, Pick 102 (Comp pick): Michigan CB Ambry Thomas
- Round 5, Pick 155
- Round 5, Pick 172 (via New Orleans, Kwon Alexander trade)
- Round 5, Pick 180 (Comp pick)
- Round 6, Pick 193