The San Francisco 49ers do not have a first-round pick, but the opportunity to make a splash is still in play. With Charvarius Ward coming to the Bay Area in free agency, the 49ers have begun addressing their needs. However, the draft is another place where they can bolster their roster. They could look for offensive line help and continue to improve their secondary, among other needs.
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Round 2, Pick 61: Dylan Parham, iOL, Memphis
After Laken Tomlinson left in free agency, the 49ers could find their replacement with their first pick. They selected Aaron Banks in the second round last year, but he is unproven, and Parham could be a better fit to start. He is a versatile guard with experience across the center of the offensive line. Parham is athletic, and his mobility could be helpful in the 49ers’ run-heavy offense.
Round 3, Pick 93: Mykael Wright, CB, Oregon
While the 49ers added Ward in free agency, more secondary help would not hurt. Wright is a fluid cornerback. However, he has a slim frame and has room to grow. Wright has the tools to succeed, and if the 49ers can tap into his potential, it could pay significant dividends. Regardless of when the 49ers add cornerback help, expect them to use at least one pick at the position in the draft.
Round 4, Pick 105: Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA
The tight end position is not a need of the 49ers, but one that could be improved. George Kittle is excellent. However, he only played eight games in 2020 and missed three last season. The 49ers could use someone to replace his production when he is out, and Dulcich could do so. Dulcich played a significant role in UCLA’s offense and is excellent as a pass-catcher. He can complement Kittle well when healthy and play an increased role when Kittle is out.
For more on Dulcich, check out our scouting report on him.
Round 4, Pick 134: Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati
Taking another cornerback in the fourth round could be overkill, but it increases the chances of success. Bryant is a fierce competitor who has a knack for knocking the ball down. He can miss tackles and has other flaws which are why he is a projected fourth-round pick. However, his great ball skills could help him at the next level.
For more on Bryant, check out our scouting report on him.
Round 5, Pick 172: J.T. Woods, SAF, Baylor
Loading up on the secondary could be the 49ers’ priority in the draft. Woods is an athletic safety with high upside. He is fast and explosive and has great range which is becoming increasingly valuable in the NFL. Woods could be a boom pick and is worth taking a chance on in the fifth round for a secondary-needy team like the 49ers.
Round 6, Pick 187: Nick Grant, SAF, Virginia
With multiple picks in the round following this selection, the 49ers have the opportunity to increase their chances of hitting on a pick by taking multiple players of the same position. Grant is an agile yet aggressive safety who has a good feel for the game. He does not have elite traits but has the skills to make an impact in the NFL.
Round 7, Pick 220: Tyquan Thornton, WR, Baylor
Wide receiver is not a major need for the 49ers as Deebo Samuel has become a star, while Brandon Aiyuk is capable of making plays. However, with Samuel’s social media drama, the 49ers needed depth, and Thornton makes sense. Thornton ran a blazing 4.28 40-yard dash at the combine showing he can take the top off defenses. His speed will intrigue teams and he could find himself making an impact on the 49ers next season.
Round 7, Pick 221: Michael Clemons, EDGE, Texas A&M
An area the 49ers have not addressed in this mock draft is at edge rusher. With Dee Ford not returning in 2022 and Arden Key leaving for the Jacksonville Jaguars, there is a hole in the 49ers’ defense. Clemons may not be able to plug the hole, but he could help. He is a lengthy edge rusher with good flexibility and constantly flashed upside. Clemons may not be a star but is a high upside pick that could pay its dividends.
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