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49ers Fans Should Watch These NFL Draft Targets On 10/24

  • The Draft Network
  • October 21, 2020
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The San Francisco 49ers are fresh off being participants in the Super Bowl LIV. However, their 2020 season has gotten off to a rough start. It was already a unique year in its own right due to COVID-19 and everything that entailed. Most players weren’t able to work out as they had in years past due to training facilities being shut down. Furthermore, there was no preseason. As a result, there has been a rash of injuries around the NFL and the 49ers’ roster, in particular, has been ravaged by them this season. They’ve sputtered to a 3-3 record and currently sit in last place in the most competitive division in the NFL, the NFC West. 

Here’s a look at some players 49ers fans should keep an eye on this weekend who could potentially be great additions to their team in the 2021 NFL Draft:

Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas

Baylor at Texas 3:30 p.m. ET

An area where injuries have really hurt the 49ers is along their defensive line. Solomon Thomas is out for the year. Nick Bosa is out, along with Dee Ford, who is currently out as well. Joseph Ossai would give San Francisco an athletic edge player with some hybrid capabilities. He has been extremely disruptive thus far. With Ford being a candidate for release at the conclusion of the season, Ossai would step right in and be an impactful player right away.

Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State

Nebraska at #5 Ohio State 12:00 p.m. ET

Interior offensive line has been a problem for the 49ers this season. 49ers quarterbacks have been pressured consistently. Wyatt Davis is one of the best interior linemen in college football. He’s physical and uses power and explosion as a drive blocker to get vertical movement in the run game. He has good agility when redirecting laterally in the run game. He would be a Day 1 starter for their offensive line.

Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota

#18 Michigan at #21 Minnesota 7:30 p.m. ET

As I mentioned, the 49ers offensive line has regressed badly. Mike McGlinchey’s play has contributed to this. Daniel Faalele would bring size, length, and physicality to their offensive line. For a player his size, he has the ability to get out on the perimeter and pull, while also having the block temperament to be effective in the run game.

Caden Sterns, S, Texas

Baylor at Texas 3:30 p.m. ET

The 49ers have enjoyed the tandem of former high school teammates Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward at safety, but this could be the last season the duo is together. Tartt is one of their leaders on the defense and a stalwart on the back end. However, they could lose him following this season due to free agency. Caden Sterns would be a great addition in the event that this occurs. He is a versatile safety with good size. He would step in and be a starter for the 49ers defense.

Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

#2 Alabama at Tennessee 3:30 pm ET

Robert Saleh has long coveted bigger, longer cornerbacks for his Cover 3 scheme. San Francisco’s cornerback situation has left them in an unenviable position all season long. With Richard Sherman being injured and Ahkello Witherspoon failing to meet expectations, the 49ers select Patrick Surtain II. He brings intelligence and the ability to press to the 49ers secondary. Due to age and the salary cap, their cornerback room could look vastly different in 2021. Surtain would allow them to get younger and more athletic on the outside.

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