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The NFL Draft is almost here, and the mock season is almost over. In the San Francisco 49ers preview, we included a mock of our own. However, here is an alternative plan of attack for John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan:
It’s looking unlikely that the 49ers will be able to trade down from the second overall pick. The Arizona Cardinals may draft QB Kyler Murray or EDGE Nick Bosa at #1, or someone may trade up into the #1 slot. Either way, it’s difficult to envisage a scenario where someone moves up to #2 in order to take a quarterback.
With only six picks in the draft, Lynch will try to engineer some additional value, preferably by trading down on day two in order to add extra picks. Lynch may also look to trade out an existing player from his roster for a mid-round selection.
Former third overall pick DE Solomon Thomas is stuck within the trade rumors, but RB Matt Brieda could be another option. Breida produced 1,075 yards from scrimmage last season, but with Jerick McKinnon back to health and the free agent pickup of Tevin Coleman, the 49ers could be tempted to trade for the right price.
- Round 1 (2nd overall): Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
Murray going first will mean that San Francisco can draft the #1 player on their draft board. Nick Bosa is the safest prospect the 49ers could hope to draft with a skill set that translates well to the NFL. Pairing Bosa with Dee Ford on the edge and having DeForest Buckner on the interior will give them one of the best pass rushes in the NFL.
Previous Pick: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
- Round 2 (42nd overall): Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
Projected Trade with Cincinnati Bengals: 49ers receive 42nd and 110th pick in exchange for 36th and 212th pick.
The 49ers need to add a cornerback, safety and wide receiver on day two, but have only two picks. Unless a first-round prospect drops to #36, a trade could be made. One player likely to cause interest around this time is Duke QB Daniel Jones, with the Bengals and Dolphins listed as possible suitors.
There could be a run on safeties early on day two, but San Francisco will still be in play for a clutch of options. Taylor Rapp is an excellent open-field tackler, making him an ideal upgrade from Jaquiski Tartt.
Previous Pick (At 36): AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss
- Round 3 (67th overall): Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan
Cornerback was a huge problem for the 49ers last season, and they have only added the injury plagued Jason Verrett. Sean Bunting is rising up draft boards and is a fit for the 49ers defense.
Previous Pick: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
- Round 3 (95th overall): Andy Isabella, WR, Massachusetts
Projected Trade with New York Giants: 49ers receive 95th, 142nd and 232nd pick in exchange for 104th and 110th pick.
Potential prospects in N’Keal Harry, Deebo Samuel and AJ Brown will be gone by the 95th selection, but Andy Isabella could make an immediate impact. He may lack the size of the departed Pierre Garcon, but Shanahan loves receivers who offers versatility.
Previous Pick (at 104): Joe Jackson, DL, Florida
- Round 5 (142nd overall): Drew Sample, TE, Washington
Drew Sample offers an immediate run-blocking option, but has the potential to become an efficient pass-catcher in the NFL. His route-running needs work, but Sample’s potential is high.
Previous Pick: N/A
- Round 6 (176th overall): TJ Edwards, LB, Wisconsin
Signing Kwon Alexander will help plug the gap left by Reuben Foster, but the 49ers lack depth at linebacker. TJ Edwards was a productive tackler in college, and could develop into a workhorse. More immediately, Edwards could provide special teams duties.
Previous Pick: Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida
- Round 7 (232nd overall): Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah
The 49ers lost punter Bradley Pinion in free agency and only have Justin Vogel on their depth chart. Mitch Wishnowsky is the best punter in this class and could provide a long-term solution on special teams.
Previous Pick (at 212): Blessaun Austin, CB, Rutgers
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