James Jones — With the 2017 NFL Draft fast approaching I took it upon myself to conduct a seven-round mock draft as I see it transpiring for the San Francisco 49ers.
This was conducted using the tool on www.firstpick.com and includes trades as they were presented to me on the site.
I feel it noteworthy to mention that I have been using this site for the past three-years and this mock was the highest score I have received based on their points system.
Also it was completed after trading the 49ers #2 overall pick to the Carolina Panthers for their first, second, and third round selections.
So without further ado, here it is.
First Round: #8 overall (CAR) – Reuben Foster- ILB – Alabama – This pick was a no-brainer for me. Foster has been my first draft choice for some time now, even if the Niners were to stand pat at the second overall pick.
If the 49ers desire to recreate the middle linebacker portion of their stellar defenses from 2010 to 2013, Foster is the right choice here.
A player who some have labeled a top-three pick in this coming draft, Foster would be a clear cut choice to pair beside the returning NaVorro Bowman.
The young man has incredible sideline to sideline speed and as Rob Rang said earlier this week, is a heat seeking missile hell bent on destruction.
Second Round: #34 overall – Charles Harris – DE – Missouri – The 49ers have a need a defensive end and Harris would have the chance to fill it effectively.
With the ability to play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 the edge rusher from Mizzou should have an impact on a San Francisco defensive line that is in dire need of a backfield penetrating edge rusher. Harris fits in nice here.
Second Round: #40 overall (CAR) – Christian McCaffrey – RB – Stanford – McCaffrey being available here shocked me and I couldn’t pass him up knowing he’d most certainly be gone by the 49ers first third-round pick at #66 overall.
The running back from Stanford is a perfect fit for new head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense. His ability to create more yardage with elusiveness and vision as well as catching the ball out of the backfield would be a welcome addition to a running back unit that includes incumbent Carlos Hyde.
Third Round: #66 overall – Bucky Hodges – TE – Virginia Tech – Former general manager Trent Baalke gave Vance McDonald a 5-year $30.7 million contract extension last season, as one of his final moves on the job.
This was seen as a head scratcher by many analysts as McDonald has underachieved and been wildly inconsistent for most of his career. Much more was expected from the tight end Baalke used a second round pick on in 2013.
Enter Hodges, a 6’7, 245-pound tight end who runs and plays fast. He will need to work on becoming a better blocker and route runner. Has the size and speed to be a long term starter while being a legitmate redzone threat.
Third Round: : #72 overall (CAR) – Amara Darboh – WR – MIchigan – Projected as a second or third round pick by many draft analysts, Darboh fills one of the most significant needs on the 49ers roster.
At 6’2, 215-pounds he has the size that many teams covet. Plays bigger and faster than he appears and carries the ability to contribute as a blocker making him a good selection with this third round pick.
Fourth Round: #109 overall – Damontae Kazee – CB – San Diego State – Cornerback might not stick out as one of the most glaring needs for San Francisco, but they go with more of a best player available approach here with Darboh.
A ballhawk who is always intent on causing turnovers and has the unteachable instincts to do so. Posted 16-interceptions and 43-passes defensed in the last three-years. With the potential to move Jimmy Ward to Safety this season Darboh could have a chance to start alongside either Tremaine Brock or Rashard Robinson.
Fourth Round: #143 overall (Comp) – Danny Isidora – G – Miami – Upgrading the offensive line with more depth has to be a goal of new general manager, John Lynch and Isidora is a quality pick here.
He has good athleticism, size, and hands to succeed in the NFL. He also has good speed to get out in space which is something Kyle Shanahan’s zone running scheme needs. As it is many of the 49ers current lineman lack such ability, Isidora could have a chance to win a starting job this summer.
Fifth Round: #146 overall – Conor McDermott – OT – UCLA – Has the size at 6’8, 305-pounds to be a force in this league for a long time. What McDermott is lacking most is core strength and appears to be quite small in the lower half of his body.
Will need to work on these issues if he hopes to win a starting job on the 53-man roster Otherwise he could provide some much needed depth on a line looking to build on the fourth ranked rushing attack from last season.
Fifth Round # 161 overall (WASH) – Charles Walker – DT – Oklahoma – A potential starter who has shown enough flashes in his college career that coaches will want to work with him. Has quick initial power that could allow him to become a starter along the line.
With the recently signed Earl Mitchell not guaranteed a starting job, Walker will lend himself to an interesting position battle during training camp.
Sixth Round: #186 overall – Chad Kelly – QB – Ole Miss – Walter Football has Jim Kelly’s nephew ranked as the ninth best quarterback in this year’s class. A true gunslinger in the mold of Brett Favre, who can attack all three levels of a defense.
Needs to work on consistency and dial down the turnovers. Has had some off the field issues at times while at Clemson, those will have to be cleaned up as well. Definite project but taking a flyer in the sixth round isn’t a detrimental move by Lynch and Shanahan.
Sixth Round: #202 overall (DEN) – Deveon Smith – RB – Michigan – 49ers take a chance on a big running back here. With depth at the position in place, Smith is a possible Practice Squad signee.
Seventh Round: #219 overall – Tashawn Bower – DE – LSU – Clear developmental pick with their last pick in the 2017 draft. At 6’6, 253- pounds, Bower has the measurables to make it in the league.
Can play in the the 49ers revamped 4-3 defense. He has shown enough in college and has an inside spin move that could give lineman fits if developed properly. Practice Squad possibility.