After the acquisition of Jimmy Garoppolo the 49ers were a different team and with a good 2018 NFL Draft they could be poised for a huge season. The San Fransisco 49ers 2018 NFL Draft Review highlights every single 49er pick looking at both scheme fit and value.
San Fransisco 49ers 2018 NFL Draft Review
Round 1, 9th pick: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
The 49ers surprised many by taking McGlinchey with a top ten pick. While McGlinchey was nearly unanimously seen as the top this pick is still a bit of a head scratcher as there were several better talents still on the board at this juncture of the 1st round. The trade of Trent Brown makes this pick a little more logical as McGlinchey will likely start at right tackle before eventually taking over for long time left tackle Joe Staley.
Round 2, 44th pick: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
One of the top priorities for San Fransisco going into the draft was to surround new quarterback Jimmy Garroppolo with talented players. After finding a future blindside protector in the first round they took the electrifying Pettis in the second. While he might not have prototypical number one receiver Pettis is dynamic with the ball in his hands and also brings top notch return skills.
Round 3, 70th pick: Fred Warner, LB, BYU
With supremely talented albeit troubled linebacker Reuben Foster’s availability in doubt the 49ers needed some insurance at the linebacker position and were rumored to be interested in a linebacker with the 9th overall pick. Fred Warner possesses excellent athleticism with range for days and saw a lot of time in coverage at BYU. While raw Warner has the potential to become a real stud for the 9ers.
Round 3, 95th pick: Tarvarius Moore, DB , Southern Miss
San Fransisco needed to address their secondary so it is no surprise that they spent a 3rd round pick to add talent to the pool. Moore played safety at Southern Miss but is expected to move to corner in the NFL. Measuring in at 6’2” Moore has the desired size to play press man coverage that San Fran wants to play and while his position change will take work he will have the opportunity to learn from one of the NFL’s best, new arrival Richard Sherman.
Round 4, 128th pick: Kentavius Street, DE, N.C. State
Bradley Chubb got all the attention at NC State but Kentavious Street also made a name for himself on a talented Wolfpack squad. Seen as a bit of a tweener at the next level Street was highly productive and can win with both speed and power. Unfortunately though Street tore his ACL in the pre-draft process and will likely miss this upcoming season making this a “redshirt” season for him.
Round 5, 142nd pick: D.J. Reed, S, Kansas State
San Fransisco continued to upgrade their secondary by grabbing Reed the former Wildcat. A corner back at Kansas State Reed will likely move to a hybrid safety position due to his short stature. His transition will be helped by his excellent tackling and ball skills. He should contribute as a depth safety and special teamer this upcoming season.
Round 6, 184th pick: Marcell Harris, S, Florida
The third and final defensive back taken by the 49ers Harris comes from a crowded and talented Gator’s secondary. A traditional strong safety Harris is known for his big hits but lacks the overall athleticism to truly excel in coverage. Also working against him is an Achilles tendon tear that forced him to miss all of the 2017 season.
Round 7, 223rd pick: Jullian Taylor, defensive tackle, Temple
The 49ers selected yet another talented but injury plagued player with their first of two seventh round picks, Julian Taylor. Taylor missed all of the 2015 season and all but two games in 2016 thanks to injuries. The Temple defensive tackle impressed in the 2017 season and has the desired measurables to warrant a late round flier.
Round 7, 240th pick: Richie James, wide receiver, Middle Tennessee
The injury trend continues with wide receiver Richie James who broke his collar bone midway through the 2017 season. Previous to his injury James was seen as a mid-round prospect who despite his diminutive size (5’10”, 185#) put up some huge numbers at Middle Tennessee. James is simply electric with the ball in his hands and should see time if he can stay healthy in his rookie season.