The 2019 NFL Draft is just over a month away, which means that The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for every team. Each NFL team will be looked at heading into this year’s draft including what their needs are and who they could be targeting. The San Francisco 49ers will be the second team looked at.
San Francisco had high hopes going into the season, but injuries derailed it. The 49ers lost Jimmy Garappolo and Jerick McKinnon for the season to go along with a bunch of other injuries. They won just four games and now have the second overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Without Garappolo the 49ers showed they had solid quarterbacks in both C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens. Both played respectable football, but weren’t able to elevate the rest of the offense. Matt Breida filled in nicely for Mckinnon at running back. The wide receivers were inconsistent and banged up, but tight end George Kittle became one of the best in the game. Their offensive line was decent with the addition of rookie Mike McGlinchey at tackle. The 49ers will get Garappolo and Mckinnon back, but have also added running back Tevin Coleman to the fold.
The defense ranked 28th in the NFL, allowing 27.2 points per game. They had just 37 sacks on the season with DeForest Buckner having nearly a third of them with 12. San Francisco had Reuben Foster last year, but released him following a report of a domestic incident in Florida. The secondary made a splash by bringing in Richard Sherman, but ultimately wasn’t the best unit last season. Already this offseason, the 49ers have acquired pass rusher Dee Ford, linebacker Kwon Alexander and corner Jason Verrett.
2019 NFL Draft Picks
San Francisco has six picks in the 2019 NFL Draft to try and get Kyle Shanahan some more talent to work with.
First round (one pick): No. 2
Second round (one pick): No. 36
Third round (one pick): No. 67
Fourth round (one pick): No. 104
Sixth round (two picks): No. 176, No. 212
Wide receiver- George Kittle is a good target for Garappolo, but the receiving group is among the worst in the league. Dante Pettis showed flashes of potential for next year, but more is needed.
Offensive guard/center- Weston Richburg didn’t play well and their guards are just average. Selecting an interior offensive lineman in the draft would be a good idea.
Linebacker- Alexander joining the fold helps, but they need another playmaker at the position.
Cornerback- Signing Verrett was a good move, but he is injury-prone. They’ll need depth and a backup plan in case he gets hurt.
Safety- Arguably their biggest need, the 49ers secondary will struggle if they don’t find an upgrade at safety in the 2019 NFL Draft.
2019 NFL Draft Targets
Pick No. 2: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
The 49ers have done a great job of addressing their needs through trades and free agency and therefore are a candidate to trade down. They have taken a lot of defensive linemen in the drafts of years’ past and may be forced to do so again if they can’t find a trade down. Williams could play next to Buckner at defensive tackle to give the 49ers a really solid defensive line. He has great athleticism and on a line with other good athletes, could really be disruptive.
Pick No. 36: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
John Lynch has to address the safety position for the 49ers to be great next season. They should be able to fill the position at the top of the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. There are a few solid safeties in the draft, but not any sure-fire first rounders. Rapp is a great tackler, who played passively at Washington, but with some guidance could be an impact player.
Pick No. 67: Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame
Boykin is a big-bodied receiver, but also demonstrated his speed at the NFL Combine by running a 4.42 40-yard dash. With his size and speed, Boykin could develop into a receiver that makes an impact for years to come. Pettis is a good young receiver, but to help Garappolo lead this team to victories, they need to get a few impact receivers.