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The San Francisco 49ers were a team that had a major resurgence last year. They had an up and down year but put it all together to make the playoffs. The Niners got as far as a game away from the Super Bowl and are now looking to add to the stable.
The Niners got lucky with having such success while having their future in house. They now have to build the team around that future while keeping an eye on the Deebo Samuel situation. Here is a scenario that could bode well for them:
No Day One Picks
No picks on day one isn’t an issue but it could become one if Deebo Samuel is traded. Given they may receive first round picks in return, the consensus right now is that he will be a part of the team through draft weekend.
Round 2, Pick 29: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
Round 3, Pick 29: Jashaun Corbin, RB, Florida State
Round 3, Pick 41: Verone McKinley, Safety, Oregon
San Fran has to make the most of the draft in day two. They have some very glaring needs and should target value over position priority.
Part of that philosophy will be taking the best players on the board regardless of need.
Players like Gordon, Corbin and McKinley all fit that.
Kyler Gordon is a player with plus starter potential. Gordon plays well in press man or off coverage and has the size to play head up with larger receivers. He is an elite plant and drive defender who routinely breaks up passes. He could compete for a starting spot as a rookie.
Although Trey Sermon is on the roster, running back is a need that should be addressed in the mid rounds. Jashaun Corbin is a triple threat back with the ability to make men miss in space. He runs with a violent nature behind his pads and can definitely compete for snaps in an open backfield.
Verone McKinley is a backend patroller with amazing instincts. He is a reader of quarterback’s eyes and separates man from ball. He has elite ball skills with soft hands to latch on to interceptions.
Getting this kind of value for positions of need should be a priority for San Francisco. They could find quality rookies who could fill starting jobs at a low cost.
Round 4, Pick 29: Jamal Hines, Edge, Toledo
Round 5, Pick 29: James Empey, OL, BYU
Round 6, Pick 8: Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA
Round 6, Pick 41: LaBryan Ray, DL, Alabama
Round 6, Pick 42: Makai Polk, WR, Mississippi State
Round 7, Pick 41: Olakunle Fatukasi, LB, Rutgers
Continuing the trend of day two, day three should be finding more value at positions of need. The added caveat is also finding a young receiver just in case Deebo Samuel is traded.
The Niners have needs at edge rusher, tight end, interior defensive line and interior offensive line.
The Niners can find those very players in Dulcich, Ray, Empey and Hines. They can come in a replace losses such as Laken Tomlinson, D.J. Jones and Kentavius Street. The depth of the draft will play in San Fran’s favor and allow them to find good players at every spot of need.
The one player that will be a potential steal in Makai Polk. He is 6’3” and weighs in at 200 pounds. He is a route technician with major skills for a taller receiver. He also has good run after catch ability that allows him to turn short catches into big plays.
This is contingent upon Deebo Samuel being traded.
The Niners are a good team that is in a refresh instead of a rebuild. They can help that along with and be competitive with a solid draft like this.