San Francisco 49ers Pre Free Agency Seven Round Mock Draftby Kamran Nia March 9, 2021 0 comments
The 49ers are heading into the offseason following a down year. After reaching the Super Bowl in the 2019-20 season, the 49ers won just six games in the past season. Richard Sherman and a couple of other lesser-known players will likely test free agency, and the 49ers will need to find replacements. The 49ers have multiple positional needs, but the offensive line, cornerback, and quarterback positions are the most notable. San Francisco holds the 12th pick in the first round and has multiple picks in rounds five, six, and seven.
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Round 1, Pick 12: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
To win the Super Bowl, a team must have a good offensive line, and right now, the 49ers do not have one. Slater is an athletic offensive tackle who possesses outstanding footwork. More importantly, he is a versatile lineman who can play all five positions on the line, meaning that if Trent Williams chooses to re-sign with the 49ers, Slater can play guard, and if Williams does not, Slater can fill his role at left tackle.
Round 2, Pick 43: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
Jaquiski Tartt is slated to become a free agent, and even if the 49ers choose to re-sign him, Moehrig would be a smart pick. Tartt has missed 28 regular-season games since 2017 and has not proved that he can stay healthy. Moehrig is an elite safety, and he would be able to fill in Tartt’s role well. Although Moehrig is a free safety and Tartt is a strong safety, Jimmie Ward can transition to strong safety if the 49ers draft Moehrig, since he played it early on in his career, or Moehrig can move to strong safety as he is a versatile safety who can play both sides. He is a great tackler who is able to support in the run game as well. He can struggle with overaggressive at times, but with NFL coaching, Moehrig could end up as the starting safety for the 49ers next season.
For more on Moehrig, you can read our report on him here.
Round 3, Pick 102: Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina
The 49ers will likely be losing Richard Sherman to free-agency, and they will need a replacement. Mukuamu is a strong and physical corner who is fantastic in press coverage. Against Jake Fromm in 2019, Mukuamu put together the best game of his collegiate career. He intercepted Fromm three times and showed off his excellent ball skills. Mukuamu is not a fast cornerback, which will limit him to only certain matchups, but the 49ers could utilize him well to replace Sherman.
Round 4, Pick 117: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
If the 49ers are serious about upgrading their backup quarterback position, Trask is impossible to pass up on in this late into the third round. Trask has a strong arm and is excellent inside the pocket being able to hit tight windows consistently. There is no risk by taking Trask this late in the draft with his potential upside. Trask can start for the 49ers instantly if he beats out Jimmy Garoppolo for the starting job or sit behind Garoppolo with long-term starting potential.
Round 5, Pick 156: Rashad Weaver, DE, Pittsburgh
Dee Ford has been unable to stay healthy during his tenure with the 49ers, and Nick Bosa has not been able to stay healthy at times as well. Weaver is a big defensive end at 6’5” 270 lbs, and he uses his length to make plays off the edge. His lack of athleticism could limit him at the NFL level, making him a rotational piece, but that is a role the 49ers need right now to add depth to their defensive line.
Round 5, Pick 173: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa
The 49ers could use help at the wide receiver position, and Smith-Marsette could be a steal in round five. Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk have established themselves as the number one and two receivers on the team, but after them, the receiving core could use work. Smith-Marsette is an intriguing prospect boasting impressive speed, explosiveness, and agility. Smith-Marsette works very well in Kyle Shanahan‘s offense as well since he can be utilized in jet sweeps which is a signature trait of the 49ers passing game.
Round 6, Pick 182: Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State
Jerick McKinnon was awful for the 49ers last season, and it is unlikely that he will re-sign with them during free agency. Jefferson would be the replacement for McKinnon next season. He is an athletic running back with great vision and is good as a receiving back as well. Jefferson’s blocking can improve, but he will take some weight off the rest of the running back core next season.
Round 6, Pick 196, Marco Wilson, CB, Florida
The 49ers will need to take multiple cornerbacks if they don’t land one during day one to replace Sherman. Wilson is a versatile cornerback that can play in the slot or outside, and he is a fast cornerback that can blitz and help in the run game as well. He is not a physical cornerback and will need to establish more consistency jamming receivers at the line to become a permanent solution at cornerback, but in the sixth round, Wilson can bring tremendous value to the 49ers.
Round 7, Pick 224: Chris Rumph II, DE, Duke
Rumph is the perfect type of player for the 49ers. He is a versatile defensive end who will be able to fill in at any position at the line. Rumph is a high effort player with great technique and would be a great rotational defensive lineman that could fill Dee Ford‘s role or any injury on the defensive line if needed.
Round 7, Pick 234: Jaelon Darden, WR, North Texas
Taking Darden would be a bet on his upside, much like the 49ers did last season with Jauan Jennings. He is a very explosive, fast, and agile player who is one of the biggest boom or bust players in the draft. Darden can play special teams as a kick/punt returner if he does not see much action in the passing game.