We had another close vote with our most recent pick, but we have officially reached the quarter pole of this year’s Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft.
- Cleveland Browns - Sam Darnold, QB, USC
- New York Giants - Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
- New York Jets (from Indianapolis Colts) - Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
- Cleveland Browns (from Houston Texans) - Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
- Denver Broncos - Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
- Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets) - Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
- Chicago Bears - Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
Now, we move on to the second quarter of this year’s Community Mock Draft, and we’ll start with the San Francisco 49ers. No team finished the season hotter than the Niners did, who started 1-10 but, after inserting Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting quarterback, ran off five straight wins and knocked off a couple of playoff teams in the process. Let’s take a look at them now.
San Francisco 49ers
2017 record: 6-10 (4th place, NFC West)
DL Jeremiah Attachou (free agent signing), G Jonathan Cooper (free agent signing), RB Jerick McKinnon (free agent signing), OL Weston Richburg (free agent signing), CB Richard Sherman (free agent signing)
DE Tank Carradine (signed with Oakland), G Brandon Fusco (signed with Atlanta), CB Leon Hall (signed with Oakland), RB Carlos Hyde (signed with Cleveland), LB Aaron Lynch (signed with Chicago), TE Logan Paulsen (signed with Atlanta), S Eric Reid (free agent)
Defensive end - Like a lot of the teams we’ve seen to this point, the Niners’ defense has issues getting to the quarterback. They had Elvis Dumervil on the team last season, and could still bring him back, but he’s getting up in age. Solomon Thomas, who the Niners picked #3 overall last year, appears to be a fine run-stopper at one defensive end spot, but San Francisco could stand to put someone on the other side of him that can get into the backfield.
Inside linebacker - They drafted Reuben Foster to fill their middle linebacker spot, and he had a decent enough rookie campaign, but it appears that he’s in the process of Reuben Fostering. His availability is suddenly in question.
Interior offensive line - The tackle positions in San Francisco appear to be pretty set, but there are plenty of questions on the interior. They started Daniel Kilgore at center last year, and he was. . .well, not good. Laken Tomlinson hasn’t been anything special at guard, either, after getting run out of Detroit. I’m not sure if there’s an interior lineman worth taking this high, but it is certainly a need.
Secondary - The Niners have a pair of decent corners in Ahkello Witherspoon and K’Waun Williams, but there’s a ton of question marks behind them. They’ve also chosen not to bring back Eric Reid at safety, so they have a need at that spot as well.
Wide receiver - Garoppolo immediately hit it off with Marquise Goodwin, and the team rewarded Goodwin with a decent contract extension. However, Pierre Garcon is currently the team’s #2 receiver, and while he’s still effective, he’s on the wrong side of 30.
Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio - Davenport is a player that is definitely going to need some time to develop, as he played his college ball at a smaller school. Still, he has as much physical talent as any other defensive end in this year’s draft. He mostly played standing up during his time at UT-SA, but he’d mostly be playing with his hand in the dirt in the Niners’ 4-3. He has the size and ability to handle it, I think.
Derwin James, S, Florida State - James has been passed on most draft boards at the safety position by Minkah Fitzpatrick (who went two picks ago), but was widely regarded as a potential Top 5 selection going into the 2017 college football season. He’s more of an in-the-box safety than a center fielder, but certainly has the skills to eventually develop into a player that can do both.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama - We’ve had Ridley on the board here for a while, but he could potentially make a lot of sense for the Niners. Ridley is, by most accounts, the highest-rated wide receiver in this class, and his ability in the slot would give Garoppolo a dependable slot weapon alongside of Goodwin and Garcon.
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia - With the issues we mentioned with Reuben Foster above, the Niners could potentially have a significant need at middle linebacker. Smith is as good as they come in this class at the position, and though he’s a bit undersized, he could be a pretty solid piece to the Niners’ defense.
Connor Williams, OL, Texas - We’ve had Mike McGlinchey on the board for a few selections now, but he’s more of a pure tackle, and the Niners are already pretty solid there. Williams, on the other hand, seems to be someone that’s potentially more suited to shifting inside, should the Niners want to use him that way. If his medicals check out (he injured both his MCL and PCL last year), he’s certainly worthy of this selection.
That’s what we’ve got for the Niners, ladies and gentlemen! Next up, the Niners’ bay brethren, the Oakland Raiders, who will round out the Top Ten of our Community Mock Draft.
With the ninth pick in the 2018 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the San Francisco 49ers (should) select ____________
This poll is closed
Marcus Davenport, DE, UT-SA
Derwin James, S, Florida State
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Connor Williams, OT, Texas