There are a lot of, to use corporate jargon, areas of opportunity going into the San Francisco 49ers 2019 NFL Draft. The 49ers boast a solid QB, a passable offensive line, and a glut of defensive linemen and running backs. Unfortunately, they are thin or deficient nearly everywhere else on the field. Their biggest issues come on the defensive side of the ball. The 49ers have six picks in the upcoming draft and could get cute and trade down for additional picks if the Arizona Cardinals take Nick Bosa with the first overall pick. Currently, the Niners pick at the top of the first, second, third, and fourth rounds. They finish up with two picks in the sixth round. They will most certainly trade back to move around, but this San Francisco 49ers NFL mock draft assumes no trades. This 2019 San Francisco 49ers mock draft was completed using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine.
2019 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers Mock Draft
Round 1, Pick 2 (2nd Overall): Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
This pick is so obvious if/when Kyler Murray goes first overall that it’s hard to give analysis here. He’s very good, and he and Dee Ford automatically turn the 49ers’ biggest 2018 deficiency –pass rushing—into a massive strength. He has issues with rigidity and overextension, but strength, power, and technique make up for it. Bosa peaced out of the NCAA early due to injury, getting a core muscle surgery and forgoing most of his 2018 season in recovery and preparation for Roger Goodell to make him one of the first names called. He could be a cornerstone of a rebuilt 49ers defense for the next decade.
Round 2, Pick 4 (36th overall): Johnathon Abram, S, Mississippi State
Abram is a strong, in the box, thumping safety. He plays in the mold of a small linebacker and will be Robert Saleh’s new Kam Chancellor. He excels in underneath coverage and his get-it-and-hit-it mentality will mean a lot of big hits (and hopefully not flags) for the Niners D. If EDGE was their biggest weakness, then the 49ers safeties were arguably the second-worst part of the team. Their first two picks automatically shore up massive holes in the defense. Plus, he has a sweet built-in nickname possibility: The Abram Tank.
Round 3, Pick 3 (67th overall): Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
Ya-Sin has all the physical tools in the world, but he needs is a ton of coaching to turn into a quality starter. There isn’t a better player-coach in the NFL at CB than Richard Sherman, who can focus on Ya-Sin in his second year coming off of his Achilles injury. Ya-Sin won’t contribute at a high level right away, but a year under Sherman’s tutelage will give him all the tricks to cheat and get away with it of an All-Pro NFL Cornerback. He gives up an inch and four pounds to Sherman, to give you an idea of his build. If he can absorb Sherman’s teachings, then Saleh could have the beginnings of the Legion of Boom 2.0 on his hands in Santa Clara with Ya-Sin and Abrams.
Round 4, Pick 2 (104th overall): Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame
There’s a near-zero chance that Boykin is available in the fourth round in the real NFL draft. He posted a 99.9% SPARQ score in the 2019 NFL combine, meaning he’s as elite as elite WR athleticism gets. He also presents a massive WR target that Jimmy G lacks, posting up opposing DBs at 6’4” and 228 pounds. If the 49ers get Boykin, who some have as a fringe first rounder, in the fourth round, it would be the coup of the draft.
Round 6, Pick 3 (176th overall): Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
The 49ers go after another late-round SPARQ monster in Moreau. They’ve done this before with a tight end, two years ago. They got a guy who currently holds the record for TE receiving yards in a single season. That man is George Kittle, ever heard of him? More than likely, Moreau will contribute on Special Teams and in multi-tight end sets in year one and replace Kyle Juszczyk as the do-it-all TE/FB/H-Back in 2020. His primary value comes in run blocking, and Kyle Shanahan showed his hand last season with how important that is to his offense’s production. He gains favorable comparisons to Logan Paulsen with his blocking skills. Kyle Shanahan brought Paulsen to Santa Clara in his first season, so he fits a Shanahan-Lynch type.
Round 6, Pick 38 (212th overall—compensatory pick): Tre Lamar, LB, Clemson
Lamar going in the sixth-round compensatory picks would be another insane coup d’etat for the 49ers. He did not test well, at all, including injuring his shoulder on the bench press at the combine, but he produced great tape and NCAA production. He’s a true test of scouts closing their evaluations after they crunch tape, and not letting the combine skew them. He’s a day-two pick, so getting him here would be Tre Magnifique for the 49ers to snag another LB to shore up a weak portion of the 2018 version of their squad.
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