2020 NFL Draft: Seven-Round San Francisco 49ers Mock
Here’s a full seven-round San Francisco 49ers 2020 NFL mock draft. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The San Francisco 49ers head into the 2020 NFL Draft boasting two first-round picks following the trade of DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts.
This is a great situation for the defending NFC champs to be in. General manager John Lynch could turn that 13th pick into a stud receiver, left tackle of the future or a replacement for Buckner. He could also decide to trade down.
Trades will, of course, be the name of the game for San Francisco during the draft. It does not boast a draft pick in rounds 2-4. The 49ers also have a few players who could be on the block.
It’s in this that I provide you a full seven-round 49ers mock draft heading into the annual event later this week.
Note: Mock draft conducted on the Fanspeak simulator using Bleacher Report Matt Miller’s big board.
First Round, 13th Pick: Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama
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Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy would be a perfect fit in the 49ers’ offense. (AP Photo/Michael . [+] Conroy)
There’s been some talk that San Francisco might very well look to go defensive tackle or offensive tackle with the selection it acquired from the Indianapolis Colts. I just can’t see that. I am also not confident in recent suggestions the 49ers are higher on Henry Ruggs than Jeudy.
This pick makes just too much sense. Jeudy already boasts the best route-running skills of any receiver in this class. He can create separation on a dime, providing huge windows to throw underneath. The electric receiver can also take it the distance on any given play. He’s right up there with Amari Cooper and Julio Jones as the best Bama receivers to enter the NFL in generations. Teaming Jeudy up with stud youngster Deebo Samuel and Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle would be too hard for the 49ers to pass up on.
Second Round, 45th Pick: A.J. Terrell, Cornerback, Clemson
Note: San Francisco sends 31st pick to the Buccaneers for 45th pick, third-round pick (76th overall) and tight end O.J. Howard
The 49ers need cornerback help. The 6-foot-1 Terrell would be a perfect fit. (AP Photo/Michael . [+] Conroy)
San Francisco will trade down from one of its two first-round selections. This is not simply a prediction. It’s going to happen. Here, the 49ers add a third-round pick and former top-20 selection O.J. Howard to the mix in a trade down just 14 spots.
These 49ers have been in the market for a TE2 behind George Kittle all offseason. That includes interest in trading for New York Giants youngster Evan Engram. Instead, John Lynch and Co. take a chance on a young tight end who is just a couple years removed from being seen as an elite NFL Draft prospect.
The defending NFC champs are also able to fill a position of utmost need with the 45th selection, picking up the physical Terrell in the process. Heading into the 2019 season, he was seen as a potential top-10 pick. As for the Buccaneers, they pay a premium to move up to 31 for Utah State’s Jordan Love. He will eventually replace Tom Brady under center. It’s the perfect match.
Third Round, 76th Pick: Raekwon Davis, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
It goes without saying that San Francisco has a need at defensive tackle after trading DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts. It has also been linked to Davis in recent days. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
Davis (6-foot-6, 311 pounds) fits what the 49ers like along the interior of their line. See: Buckner and Arik Armstead. While he had consistency issues at Bama after a tremendous freshman season, the massive defensive tackle boasts untapped potential. San Francisco could get the most out of him.
Fourth Round, 141st Pick: Jonah Jackson, Guard, Ohio State
Note: San Francisco sends Matt Breida to the Dolphins for fourth-round selection
Ohio State guard Jonah Jackson would be a perfect fit in the 49ers’ blocking scheme. (AP . [+] Photo/Michael Conroy)
San Francisco will have to address the interior of its offensive line at some point during the 2020 NFL Draft. The team shockingly released former starter Mike Person, only to replace him with veteran journeyman backup Tom Compton. He will compete with Daniel Brunskill for the starting guard job opposite Laken Tomlinson.
In Jackson, the 49ers would be getting a player specific to their zone-blocking scheme. His athleticism stands out above other mid-round guards. At 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, Jackson will have to add some bulk to his frame. But the intangibles are there for him to have success in this scheme.
Fifth Round, 156th Pick: Tyler Johnson, Wide Receiver, Minnesota
Minnesota’s Tyler Johnson could morph into a starter for the 49ers. Draft day steal. (AP . [+] Photo/Michael Conroy)
If the 49ers were to pick up additional selections come draft time, there’s no reason to believe they won’t target two wide receivers. As of right now, Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne are the starters. There’s issues with depth and injury throughout the rest of San Francisco’s depth chart at wide receiver.
The good news here is that this draft is absolutely loaded at wide receiver. Normally, Johnson would find himself as a second or third-round pick. We’re talking about a 6-foot-2 receiver who boasts a huge catch radius and could be a major red-zone threat. Johnson hauled in 86 passes for north of 1,300 yards against elite Big 10 competition last season.
Fifth Round, 176th Pick: Jonathan Garvin, EDGE, Miami (F)
Outside pass rush could be a need for the 49ers. They re-signed Ronald Blair after he suffered a torn ACL last season. Outside of that, pickings are slim out on the edge behind Nick Bosa and the injury-plagued Dee Ford. Look for San Francisco to target an edge pass rusher in the mid rounds. Garvin (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) is a perfect fit as an initial pass-rush specialist. The Miami (F) product recorded nine tackles for loss and five sacks last season.
Sixth Round, 195th Pick: Antonio Gibson, Running Back, Memphis
Note: San Francisco sends Marquise Goodwin to the Patriots for sixth-round selection
Memphis RB/WR Antonio Gibson would just be another chess piece for Kyle Shanahan. (AP Photo/Michael . [+] Conroy)
Whether he’s released or traded, Goodwin will not be a member of the 49ers next season. Here, San Francisco sends him to the receiver-needy Patriots for a mere sixth-round pick. It’s a deal that works out for both sides.
In return, San Francisco adds a player in Gibson who can line up at both running back and wide receiver. The 6-foot, 228-pound playmaker caught 38 passes for 735 yards while adding 369 yards on 33 rush attempts last season. He’d be the newest chess piece for innovative offensive play caller Kyle Shanahan.
Sixth Round, 210th Pick: Dalton Keane, Tight End, Virginia Tech
San Francisco has been linked to Keane at a near never-ending loop over the past several weeks. It makes sense in that he’s a block first tight end who could moonlight as a backup behind Kyle Juszczyk at fullback. He’d be a great No. 3 behind George Kittle and O.J. Howard in this scenario, acting as an upgrade over Ross Dwelley.
Seventh Round, 217th Pick: Jalen Elliott, Safety, Notre Dame
Another play the 49ers have interviewed remotely, Elliott could very well be an upgrade over Marcell Harris. Harris, a former seventh-round pick, struggled replacing Jaquiski Tartt at times last season. Elliott (6-foot, 205 pounds) has coverage limitations and is simply limited to a strong safety role. Though, he also boasts solid speed and ball skills. At the very least, we’re looking at a core special teams performer here.
Seventh Round, 245th Pick: Chris Orr, Linebacker, Wisconsin
Production. That was the name of the game for Orr during his five-year stint with the Badgers. Last season saw the linebacker record 78 tackles (14 for loss) and 11.5 sacks. He could very well be the primary backup to Dre Greenlaw at will linebacker. As with Elliott, he could be a core special teams performer early on. Orr could also take snaps along the line at edge if needed.