It is day two of TGH Draftmas, and today we will be looking at the San Francisco 49ers!
The 49ers have been in a free fall the past few seasons. They fired Chip Kelly, had the Colin Kaepernick situation and do not seem to have a real direction.
Then they hired Kyle Shanahan. He is a great young mind in coaching and helped orchestrate one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL in Atlanta. Kelly always seemed like a reach to me. I think they have found their guy with Shanahan to help them rebuild what has become a pretty bad situation in Santa Clara.
They brought in Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley to presumably battle it out in training camp. Neither of them are going to be long-term solutions (most likely in Barkley’s case), but they should provide some sort of bridge to whoever is next.
Free agency has been helpful in filling spots, but nothing has been very eye catching. Pierre Garcon will be a small upgrade over Torrey Smith. Kyle Juszczyk is a nice piece, but he plays a position that has little value in the league. They also signed Marquise Goodwin, but they likely overpaid him.
John Lynch is also their new general manager, and I still do not know how to feel about that.
The 49ers have a long road of rebuilding ahead of them. Lets get into their picks.
Picks and Needs
The 49ers have a solid 10 picks in this draft, but most of them are in later rounds.
First round: (1) No. 2
Second round: (1) No. 34
Third round: (1) No. 66
Fourth round: (2) No. 109, No. 143
Fifth round: (2) No. 146, No. 161
Sixth round: (2) No. 186, No. 202
Seventh round: (1) No. 219
Many of the 49ers’ picks will be based on getting the best value they can in the later rounds. Finding diamonds in the rough are not uncommon, but rarely do you get more than one per draft.
Sorry 49ers fans, just about every position on this team could be upgraded in the draft. So I will be focusing on getting the best value in this draft profile.
Overall though, I will say these are their biggest needs in no particular order for Offense:
Pass rushing OLB
Targets and Thoughts
I will pick who I think is best for the team just as I did in my other draft profile. There will be no trades and I will be looking at just the first three rounds.
Pick #2: Solomon Thomas DE, Stanford
I think that if Myles Garrett is not picked by the Browns (or whoever they may trade with), that the 49ers will take him. Solomon Thomas is the next best pick in my opinion.
I know many people have also predicted this, but how can you not? He is a strong kid that knows how to get to the quarterback and be disruptive in the backfield. He is basically what every team wants.
Pick #34: Curtis Samuel RB/WR, Ohio State
Many 49ers fans may not like this pick, but I think Kyle Shanahan is going to love it. Samuel is a versatile back that will add explosiveness to any offense. Shanahan is an offensive guy and he will want the best offensive playmaker left on the board at pick 34.
Pick #66: Taylor Moton OT, Western Michigan
Moton may not be the sexiest pick, but if he is still available, I think the 49ers take him. Successful rebuilds require a solid offensive line. Moton could very well be a nice piece for Shanahan to rebuild his line around. He is strong and can even move to guard if they think he works better there.
The 49ers lack many early picks to try and get this rebuild started quickly. I think they will draft the best player available on their board more so than look for any position in particular. This team has a long road ahead of it, but I believe that with a smart draft and a couple lucky picks in late rounds, this draft could be a good start.
Thank you for joining us on our second day of TGH Draftmas! Check back tomorrow where we will be bringing you the Draft Profile of the Chicago Bears!
You can read all of the previous days of Draftmas below!
Draftmas Day 1: Cleveland Browns
“From Our Haus to Yours”