Round 5 (176th Overall): Nick Coe, EDGE/DL, Auburn
I personally had the unique opportunity to watch Nick Coe at several of his high school games in central North Carolina. His monstrous size immediately stood out.
It also stood out at the collegiate level as he performed well enough at Auburn to warrant serious attention from NFL scouts.
Coe has amazing size and length. Not only does he have the body of an NFL pass rusher, but his long arms will also make him a threat to swat passes at the line of scrimmage.
He struggles with his hand placement and with consistency. Coe has clear limitations, but legitimate upside if used in the proper manner.
The 49ers should be content adding a legitimate NFL athlete that could serve as a two-gap defender and situation pass rusher.
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Round 6 (210th Overall): Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M
No one gets excited when their team drafts a punter. However, it can be an extremely valuable asset in the battle for field position. The Niners experienced this effect firsthand when they enjoyed the luxury of three-time Pro-Bowler Andy Lee from 2004-2014.
Current punter Mitch Wishnowsky’s 44.9 average punt distance ranked 23rd in the league last season. He also tied for 22nd overall in punts inside the 20 (with 23 total). He was serviceable, but clearly ranked amongst the lower-half at his position.
Why not take advantage of their plethora of late-round picks to create a much more potent special teams unit? Yes, they just drafted Wishnowsky last year, but when given the chance to upgrade, you take it.