The San Francisco 49ers will have a total of 13 selections in this year’s NFL draft. It is very unlikely that they use all of these picks. This draft is one of the deeper draft classes but doesn’t have that signature player that everyone wants to trade up for. The 49ers do have some needs that can be solved by the draft.
Here is one way the draft can play out:
Round 1 Pick 31 Datone Jones 6’4″ 280 DE UCLA
Datone Jones is a versatile player that can play inside or outside. He has an explosive initial burst that will allow him to penetrate gaps. Jones is experienced in the 3-4 and 4-3 defenses and has a variety of pass rush moves in his arsenal. He uses his active hands to disengage offensive lineman and create an easier path to the quarterback.
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Round 2 Pick 34 John Cyprien 6’0″ 209 Safety Florida International
John Cyprien is just the kind of hard hitting player that the 49ers need in their secondary. Dashon Goldson was a big loss especially in run support. The 49ers will look to fill that void with his aggressive playing style. Cyprien has shown himself to have good ball skills with his ability to go up and snatch the ball out of the air.
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Round 2 Pick 61 Travis Kelce 6’6″ 260 TE Cincinnati
This pick makes too much sense for the 49ers. Kelce is a Jim Harbaugh/Trent Baalke type of player with his blue collar mentality. This is a tight end that is a fiesty blocker and will always finish the play. He has soft hands and is a viable receiving option in the slot. His tall frame could be a red zone advantage.
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Round 3 Pick 65 Tyrann Mathieu 5’9″ 178 CB/PR/KR LSU
The 49ers package their third round pick (#74) and their fourth round pick (#128) to get the Lions third round pick (#65). With the 65th pick the 49ers select Tyrann Mathieu. Mathieu provides instant impact in the return game. He is also able to play the nickel corner spot. He is a tenacious player that will also be able to blitz when lined up inside. Mathieu is a turnover machine that will help the 49ers defense get back to the +38 turnover defense of two years ago.
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Round 3 Pick 93 Brandon Williams 6’1″ 335 DT Missouri Southern
Brandon Williams is an athletic lineman that can play anywhere on the line. He will be used primarily at nose tackle which is a spot that the 49ers got weak in when Rickey Jean Francois went to the Colts and Isaac Soapoaga went to the Eagles. Williams will be a rotational player on the 49ers defensive line.
Round 4 Pick 131 Marcus Latimore 6’0″ 200 RB South Carolina
The 49ers are a perfect fit for Marcus Latimore. He is a guy that needs to go to a team like the 49ers that can stockpile him while he gets all of the time that he needs to get healthy. Prior to the injury, Lattimore was looked upon as the best running back in the draft. He has a solid burst and rarely goes down easily.
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