San Francisco 49ers: NFL Draft Mock 1.0

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With free agency off to a booming start, the San Francisco 49ers draft board could be affected.

After an abysmal handling of Jim Harbaugh‘s departure, the 49ers certainly got what they deserved in 2015. With an underachieving and injury-riddled roster, and head coach Jim Tomsula, who struggled many times throughout the year, the team showed what they were not capable of doing – competing.

Tomsula was shown the door one season after being a safe hire, and the front office failed to fill the position properly. If last season wasn’t eventful enough, Jed York and Trent Baalke pulled a Jerry Jones head-scratching move in hiring a head coach who built up a lot of steam in Philadelphia. All wasn’t bad in the Chip Kelly Philadelphia era, but decisions made later opened the doors to his firing.

After wanting control of the team moves, Kelly may have finally endured defeat to where he can grow as a coach, and San Francisco could be his last chance to prove he belongs in the NFL. With growing up to do, part of the consequence will be with the passing-by of free agents, as has been evident so far despite owning $60 million-plus in cap space.

San Francisco has the cash to attract a player who wants to get paid, but a controversial storied franchise currently and a head coach who caused his own firing does not make for a stable situation in San Francisco.

The 49ers should brace for the 2016 and 2017 NFL Draft to get back to Harbaugh-era success, and the franchise that was led to four Super Bowl wins by the great Joe Montana. To get back to glory days, the 49ers have to get down to business and scout the heck out of college players to see any sort of positive shift.

Free agents are filling needs for other teams and should affect the placement of where teams select players in the 2016 draft. Here is the first of a weekly series of updated seven-round mock draft for the 49ers.

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