San Francisco 49ers 2019 NFL Draft Review

May 2, 2019

Pick #2- Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

San Francisco benefited from Arizona’s head scratching pick of Kyler Murray with the first overall pick. They ended up getting the second best player with the second overall pick. Bosa is an elite pass rush prospect who can win in multiple ways. He fills a huge need opposite Dee Ford and gives the Niners a potentially elite defensive line.

Pick #36- Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

Samuel gives the 49ers a slot weapon to pair with last year’s second round pick and deep threat Austin Pettis. A YAC monster who can also stretch the field deep Samuel’s impact should be big as a rookie if he can remain healthy. He also offers value as a dangerous return man.

Pick #67- Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor

Jalen Hurd’s path to the NFL is well documented and unique. The former Tennessee running back reinvented himself at Baylor as a receiver, a position that he just looks better at. He has excellent size, athleticism and showed soft hands in his one year at the position. He is still learning the ins and outs of the position but has big time potential and could develop into a real weapon for San Fran.

Pick #110- Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah

Drafting specialists is never a smart move. Draft a specialist in the fourth round is a terrible move. This is a huge waste of draft capital and Wishnowsky will need to become one of the best punters ever to make this pick worth it.

Pick #148- Dre Greenlaw, LB, Arkansas

Greenlaw is an undersize but instinctive linebacker who was very productive in the SEC. His athleticism is not great and he projects to be a backup and special teamer at best.

Pick #178- Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford

A redshirt sophomore Smith likely has his best football ahead of him. He enters the league with an injury history and was never a featured weapon in Stanford’s run first offense. Not a great blocker Smith has upside as a secondary tight end option behind George Kittle.

Pick #183- Justin Skule, OT, Vanderbilt

Its hard to knock late picks as they tend to be crap shoots anyways but the Niners did not do themselves any favors with this selection. Skule doesn’t offer a ton of upside as he was never much of an impactful blocker at Vanderbilt.

Pick #198- Tim Harris, CB, Virginia

Injuries are the reason Harris fell this far in the draft. He had two medical redshirts while at Virginia so remaining healthy will be key for him moving forward. That said he is pretty talented and has shown good instincts and ball skills while also being versatile enough to play both corner and safety.

Overall Grade: B

Best Pick: Nick Bosa

Biggest Reach: Mitch Wishnowsky

Best Value: Kaden Smith

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