San Francisco 49ers Pre-Combine 7-Round Mock Draft

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If you're a fan of an NFC West squad, the odds are you had a pretty crappy season in 2018. The Arizona Cardinals are picking first, immediately behind them the San Francisco 49ers. Not great when half your division is represented in the first two picks of the 2019 NFL Draft.

The good news: San Francisco is getting back a lot of walking wounded next fall, most notably starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. That will help the team's cause when looking to turn their 10-22 record around under Coach Kyle Shanahan. The bad news? This squad needs some work.

Where to start? I'm glad you asked. Using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine, which releases to the public on February 25th, I took my best shot.  You can draft for one team, two teams, all the way up to all 32.

Round 1, Pick No. 2: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

The 2017 selection of Solomon Thomas has left the 49ers sorely missing in the outside pass rush department. It's a hard pill to swallow, but ignoring Thomas' pedestrian potential on the boundary is only going to further complicate the matter. The 49ers need help here.

Why not Kentucky's Josh Allen? He has prototypical size, explosiveness, length and heaven forbid he develops into a more consistent pass rusher, he's got a future at off-ball linebacker that would be worth exploring. Allen brings multiple avenues to success...most importantly he can be a big time, impact pass rusher.

Round 2, Pick No. 36: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, SAF, Florida

Starting nickel Jimmie Ward enters this off-season as a free agent. And while the duo of Adrian Colbert and Jaquiski Tartt are young: they aren't great football players. Gardner-Johnson can play the nickel and he can start at either safety spot and I'm confident he'd be an upgrade.

No player improved more from 2017 to 2018. Period. Gardner-Johnson played like a man possessed in 2018 and his blend of quickness, explosiveness and versatility would make him a welcomed piece to any secondary.

Round 3, Pick No. 67: Jakobi Meyers, WR, NC State

Don't call him the "second fiddle" to Kelvin Harmon, that's just disrespectful. No, Meyers is an impressive player in his own right. He flashes some super ball skills and he was highly productive in 2018 for the Wolfpack (92 receptions for 1047 yards and 4 touchdowns).

Meyers would bring a little physicality to a receiving group that is largely filled with small, shifty, quick route runners. Balance is a good thing.

Round No. 4, Pick No. 98: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

There's one thing you just can't have enough of in the NFL and it's depth. Particularly at the cornerback position. So while the addition of Layne may seem like an early reach with Richard Sherman and 2017 pick Ahkello Witherspoon in house, it's actually a great continuation of what the 49ers like in their boundary corners.

Round 5, Pick No. 132: TRADED TO DETROIT (OG Laken Tomlinson)

This trade took place last summer, with the 49ers flipping their 5th round pick to a disappointing guard in Tomlinson. But, surprise! The 49ers extended Tomlinson in a contract year, locking him in at Left Guard after a surprising season until 2022.

Round 6, Pick No. 163: Demarcus Christmas, IDL, Florida State

Starting nose tackle Earl Mitchell is not only 32 years old in September of this year, he's a free agent. So addressing the "plug" is essential. Christmas, like Mitchell, doesn't possess prototypical size for an A-gap defender, but turn on his tape: it's where he's best.

Round 7, Pick No. 193: Martez Ivey, OT, Florida

Taking a seventh round flier on a former 5-star recruit with uncoachable length doesn't sound like the worst thing you could do, right? Sure, the 49ers are set for now with Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey, but former Auburn Tiger Shon Coleman is literally the only other tackle on the roster with any experience in the league.

*REMINDER*: You can play general manager for your favorite team too when Mock Draft Machine releases to the public on February 25th!

Written By:

Kyle Crabbs

Director of Scouting

Kyle Crabbs is the Director of Scouting for The Draft Network. Prior to his time with TDN, Kyle worked for seven years as the founder of his own third-party scouting service, NDT Scouting. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort.