In anticipation of the upcoming 2017 NFL draft, the team of writers at cover32.com completed a 4 round mock draft with yours truly making selections for the San Francisco 49ers. Here we take a look at the 49ers picks in the cover32 mock draft:
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Round 1, pick 2: 49ers select Solomon Thomas, DE from Stanford. When I first made this pick on 3/20/17, not many analysts were picking Solomon Thomas at 2nd overall, with Matt Miller having Leonard Fournette at this spot and Mel Kiper having Mitch Trubisky at 2nd overall. But momentum has changed since then and even Matt Miller has now come around:
I dismissed this at first, but there is a TON of smoke about Solomon Thomas going No. 2 overall.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 4, 2017
Ironically, I am now second guessing this pick because I feel that while Thomas may be a strong prospect, he may be overvalued at number two overall and I actually think it would be best for the 49ers to trade down to accumulate more picks in a draft that features decent defensive talent at positions of need for the 49ers. I could also see the 49ers trading down to take a quarterback prospect instead. But in a situation like a mock draft where trades are not an option, Thomas is reasonable but not thrilling prospect.
Round 2, pick 34: 49ers select Patrick Maholmes II, QB from Texas Tech. 49ers are still in obvious need of a franchise quarterback and they might be thrilled to get Patrick Maholmes in the second round, as many analysts now have him going in the late first round. Pro Football Focus has Maholmes as 23rd overall on their draft board and 3rd overall QB prospect behind Trubisky and DeShaun Watson, as does NFL.com Draft Tracker. Based on that estimated value, 49ers would be lucky if he is available in the 2nd round.
Round 3, pick 66: 49ers select Kareem Hunt, RB from Toledo. This pick was made before the 49ers signed Duane Harris and Tim Hightower, so they are less in need of RB depth. Despite that, I wish I could have this pick back only because I believe that better RBs might be available at that spot. Even though Pro Football Focus has Hunt valued as 57th overall and 6th best RB, D’Onta Foreman (Texas), Samaje Perine (Oklahoma) and Jeremy McNichols (Boise St.) could all end up as better pros.
Round 4, pick 109: 49ers select Quincy Wilson, CB from Florida. This was the steal of our draft. 49ers have significant need at defensive back and some analysts have Quincy Wilson as a first round selection. Pro Football Focus has Wilson at 48th overall and 11th best CB and NFL.com Draft Tracker has him rated as the 7th best CB, indicating the depth of CB talent in this draft.
Round 4, pick 143 (compensatory): 49ers select Alex Anzalone, LB from Florida. 49ers are in need of help at linebacker, particularly at SAM for the 4-3 scheme that is being envisioned, and Alex Anzalone has the potential to be a boom or bust at that position. The NFL.com Draft Tracker rates him as the 8th best LB but Pro Football Focus does not have him in the top 20 LBs, indicating some disparity on how his value is perceived. But I’m not the only one that thinks Anzalone might be a good fit with the 49ers:
I think Alex Anzalone is officially one of my crushes. Aside from injuries, I don’t see a ton of holes in his game. I’m interested. https://t.co/pDD7YJAOKX
— Jerod Brown (@JerodBrown_) March 31, 2017
Anzalone was plagued with injuries during his career which may have hurt his value and make him a good value at this spot if he can stay healthy.
What do you think of the 49ers picks in this mock draft? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.