San Francisco 49ers Mock Draft and Big Board: Updated Day 2 Predictions
After spending Pick 7 on the top 3-4 defensive end in the draft, Oregon’s DeForest Buckner, the San Francisco 49ers traded Picks 37, 105 and 178 to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for Picks 28 and 249.
And with the 28th pick, the 49ers drafted the top guard in the draft: Stanford’s Joshua Garnett.
The 49ers own zero second-rounders, one third-rounder, one fourth-rounder, three fifth-rounders, three sixth-rounders and one seventh-rounder—nine picks in all.
How should the Niners spend those picks? Which position should they target next? And when should they draft a quarterback?
Follow along to find out.
Top-100 Big Board
This is a subjective ranking of the top 100 remaining players for San Francisco. This is not a ranking of the remaining top 100 players for every team. In this list, only the 49ers' needs are taken into consideration.
For example, the Niners spent first-round picks on a defensive end and a guard. As such, it's highly unlikely San Francisco will draft another defensive end or guard in Round 3 or 4. That led to the downgrading of players in those positions.
Here's the board.
|3||Emmanuel Ogbah||EDGE||Oklahoma State|
|6||Noah Spence||EDGE||Eastern Kentucky|
|8||Shilique Calhoun||EDGE||Michigan State|
|11||Chris Jones||DT||Mississippi State|
|14||Cody Whitehair||G||Kansas State|
|16||Joe Thuney||G/T||North Carolina State|
|17||Michael Thomas||WR||Ohio State|
|19||Kalan Reed||CB||Southern Mississippi|
|21||Nick Martin||C||Notre Dame|
|24||Kenneth Dixon||RB||Louisiana Tech|
|27||Austin Johnson||DT||Penn State|
|28||Adolphus Washington||DT||Ohio State|
|30||Joshua Perry||ILB||Ohio State|
|31||Darian Thompson||S||Boise State|
|32||Vonn Bell||S||Ohio State|
|33||Kyler Fackrell||EDGE||Utah State|
|34||Justin Simmons||S||Boston College|
|41||De'Vante Harris||CB||Texas A&M|
|43||Nick Kwiatkoski||ILB||West Virginia|
|44||Carl Nassib||EDGE||Penn State|
|45||Kamalei Correa||EDGE||Boise State|
|46||Sheldon Day||DT||Notre Dame|
|47||Jerell Adams||TE||South Carolina|
|48||Michael Thomas||WR||Southern Mississippi|
|50||Bronson Kaufusi||DT||Brigham Young|
|51||Javon Hargrave||DT||South Carolina State|
|52||Rashard Higgins||WR||Colorado State|
|53||Isaac Seumalo||G||Oregon State|
|54||Christian Westerman||G||Arizona State|
|58||Ronald Blair||DE||Appalachian State|
|63||Will Redmond||CB||Mississippi State|
|64||Devin Lucien||WR||Arizona State|
|66||Kevin Peterson||CB||Oklahoma State|
|67||Braxton Miller||WR||Ohio State|
|68||Steven Daniels||ILB||Boston College|
|70||Jack Allen||C||Michigan State|
|72||Pharoah Cooper||WR||South Carolina|
|74||Le'Raven Clark||OT||Texas Tech|
|75||Kendall Fuller||CB||Virginia Tech|
|76||C.J. Prosise||RB||Notre Dame|
|77||Joe Dahl||G/T||Washington State|
|80||Nick Vannett||TE||Ohio State|
|86||Jaylon Smith||ILB||Notre Dame|
|87||Kevin Byard||FS||Middle Tennessee|
|89||DeAndre Houston-Carson||FS||William & Mary|
|93||Miles Killebrew||SS||Southern Utah|
|96||Willie Beavers||OT||Western Michigan|
Round 3, Pick 68: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
The 49ers spent a first-round pick on a pass-rusher—Buckner from the University of Oregon. It’s time they drafted another player who will help the pass defense—Baylor cornerback Xavien Howard.
Last season, opposing college quarterbacks targeted Howard 75 times and completed only 28 passes, according to the Pro Football Focus 2016 Draft Guide. That’s a completion percentage of just 37.3.
Howard is a big cornerback—6’0” and 201 pounds—he’s terrific in man coverage and can tackle. That's a rare combination. He’s a perfect fit for the 49ers defense, which requires corners who can tackle and play press-man coverage.
Round 4, Pick 133: Daniel Lasco, RB, Cal
The 49ers spent their second first-round pick on a run-blocker—Stanford guard Garnett. In the fourth round, they should draft a running back Garnett can block for.
Of course, Garnett could block for Carlos Hyde, one of the most talented running backs in the league. Hyde will be the Niners’ starter in 2016. But he could use a good backup. He has gotten injured and missed games each of his first two seasons in the NFL.
Daniel Lasco also missed games through injury last season. But in 2014, he beat out quarterback Jared Goff for Cal’s team MVP Award and rushed for 1,115 yards and 12 touchdowns. Lasco and Hyde could keep each other healthy by splitting carries.
Round 5, Pick 142: Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford
So Kaepernick will probably have to stay in Santa Clara, California, next season, allowing the Niners to wait until Day 3 to draft a quarterback. They don’t need someone who can start right away. They could choose to develop someone.
Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan would be an ideal quarterback in that regard. He has a long throwing motion he could shorten as he spends a year on the sideline.
Round 5, Pick 145: Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida
Quinton Patton should get the first shot at replace Anquan Boldin in the San Francisco's starting lineup, but the Niners need another receiver in case Patton flops.
Florida’s Demarcus Robinson is an extremely talented receiver who could fall to Day 3 because he failed drug tests in college. In Round 5, he would be a good risk to take. He would instantly become the 49ers’ most dangerous receiver after the catch.
Round 5, Pick 174: Nick Vigil, ILB, Utah State
The 49ers need a tough, run-stuffing, two-down linebacker to replace Chris Borland, who retired before the 2015 season.
Utah State’s Nick Vigil is one of the best run-defending inside linebackers in the draft. Last season, he posted a run-stop percentage of 12.0—fifth-best in this class, according to the Pro Football Focus 2016 Draft Guide.
Vigil may not be able to cover tight ends on third downs, but the 49ers could platoon him with 2015 second-round pick Jaquiski Tartt, the 49ers’ dimeback last season.
Round 6, Pick 207: Dadi Lhomme Nicolas, OLB, Virginia Tech
The Niners seem to want 2013 second-round pick Tank Carradine and 2015 third-round pick Eli Harold to compete for the starting outside linebacker spot opposite Aaron Lynch. That seems like a good plan, but San Francisco still needs another edge-rusher. You can never have enough edge-rushers.
Virginia Tech’s Dadi Lhomme Nicolas is an explosive rusher, but he’s only 235 pounds. He may be too small to play on the edge in the NFL. If that's the case, the Niners could try him at inside linebacker.
Round 6, Pick 211: Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson
The 49ers should cover their bases and draft a safety just in case Eric Reid suffers his fourth concussion in the NFL.
Kearse has the size (6’4” and 216 lbs) and speed (4.62 40-yard dash) the 49ers like their safeties to have, and he can play either safety position, which is important for San Francisco. The team uses safeties interchangeably, making Kearse a perfect fit.
Round 6, Pick 213: Taveze Calhoun, CB, Mississippi State
Cornerback may be the 49ers’ weakest position group. Their best corner, Tramaine Brock, is on the downside of his career and may not be with the team much past next season.
The Niners should draft two corners, not just one. Mississippi State's Taveze Calhoun is a tough, competitive corner who gave up zero touchdown catches and picked off two passes in the SEC last season, according to the Pro Football Focus 2016 Draft Guide. The only knock on Calhoun is his speed; he ran a 4.58 40-yard dash at the combine.
Round 7, Pick 249 (from Kansas City): Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina
General manager Trent Baalke struck gold last year when he drafted tackle Trent Brown in Round 7. Why not draft another tackle in Round 7 this year?
South Carolina’s Brandon Shell started four seasons in the SEC and is the nephew of Hall of Fame tackle Art Shell. His best fit in the NFL will be at right tackle because he’s powerful and has long, 34 ¾-inch arms.
Shell could be the 49ers’ swing tackle and back up up both Brown and Joe Staley. He can play guard too. He does a bit of everything, similar to the former San Francisco offensive lineman Alex Boone.