SANTA CLARA CA — The Santa Clarita Inn is closed for trade.The NFL draft will not make him a first-round pick Thursday night (8:05 p.m.). ET; ABC and ESPN, ESPN app), for the first time since 1996.
This is in contrast to last year when they traded up for the No. They will pick the No. 3 overall pick for quarterbackThe Niners are happy to stay under the radar. San Francisco may not have a pick in the first round, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to increase the roster. 49ers-land has also been awash with drama from trade requests.
The 49ers have nine picks and three on Friday, so they are able to enter the three-day event. The Niners may be tempted to participate in Thursday's festivities in one scenario, but they are content with the majority of their current selections.
“We don't have a first-round pick — we’re not used to that — but I think when people ask me the signature of this draft, it’s the depth of it, so it's a good year,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said.
The Deebo Situation
As the draft draws near, there is little the 49ers can to do that will not overshadow the question about what happens to the receiver, who requested a trade. The Niners won't be able to accommodate that request. Could that change? They could, but only if they receive an offer that is too good to pass up.
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Because Samuel would almost certainly be the first pick in any trade, it is a good benchmark to use. The Niners clearly prefer Samuel to be kept.
Todd McShay, ESPN's senior NFL draft analyst said, “He is one of the most offensive weapons in the NFL.” “He's a franchise for the 49ers.”
If the Niners had to trade Samuel, they would have to shift their focus to the best prospects. However, that doesn't mean they would have to draft Ohio State's receiver.The University of Southern California Are considered to be the best in the class — but someone such as Arkansas' This could be a fascinating possibility in the second round.
Iowa center is another option for a mid-to-late-range first round at other positions of needBoston College guard Clemson cornerback Safety in Georgia Minnesota pass-rusher .
Names you need to know
The 49ers offseason was exactly as they had hoped. They lost their guardDefensive tackle Making a splash at the cornerback while . The Niners made an effort to strengthen their special teams after losing some depth elsewhere.
They have needs, but not enough to draft the positions. When it comes to their earliest picks (Nos. 61, 95 and 105 overall), and the best players. If value and need align, the priorities should be the interior offensive line, edge rusher and nickel cornerback, safety, and receiver.
Jordan Reid, ESPN NFL draft analyst, said that the 49ers' weak spots on their depth chart are aligned well with the strengths this year's draft class.
Tomlinson's departure as offensive line leader, the fragile status of center(who could be retired) and the future free agency of guard All three interior spots are open to questions. The 2021 second round pick is a rational replacement for Tomlinson. Brunskill could be back at right guard, or move to the center if Mack walks away. Ex-fiveth-round picks This could also be factored in. The Niners still need to compete and have the right tackle He is entering his final year on his rookie deal.
Reid believes that the interior offensive line is showing “some bright points early on” and will continue to do so into Day 2. Reid believes the Niners can use Nebraska's center.Memphis Both are expected to be there on Day 2. Arizona State might be another option. . UCLA's guard Wake Forest's Some of the possible options are listed below.
If the Niners keep their current defensive line load, they might look into an edge rusher class. Reid stated that this is the “by far strongest position group” for the year. San Francisco is a deep team, but San Francisco could use a long-term complement.This would be attractive. Oklahoma's , Western Kentucky Cincinnati's You are one of the Day 2 choices.
Reid also mentioned Baylor's defensive back as another match.(second round), Houston cornerback (fourth round), Maryland Safety (2) or (3) Rounds, Illinois safety (third or fourth round), Coastal Carolina tight finish (3rd or 4th round) San Diego State tight ending (fourth, fifth, or fifth rounds). Other intriguing players that the 49ers are interested in pre-draft include Penn State safety a SMU receiver Tennessee wideout Alabama running back .
The X factor
Nearly every year, a draft pick who was expected to be selected early in the draft is not there on the second day. One player could fill that role this year, and it is not his fault. He is the Michigan edge rusher. Reid had Ojabo as a top-15 selection before he was injured in his March pro day.
San Francisco stressed durability in the draft last year so this would be an important swing that goes against that. It is possible to wonder if Ojabo's upside, and his easy fit as the weakside side end opposite Bosa could be too appealing for the Niners if he slides.
Reid stated that he still believes he will be a top-50 selection. “Because he plays the position, I expect him to still be a hot commodity Day 2 of this draft.”