2016 NFL Draft: Way Too Early Mock for San Francisco 49ers, Version 1.0A

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Sep 12, 2015; Jonesboro, AR, USA; Arkansas State Red Wolves wide receiver Dijon Pachal (84) fights for the ball as Missouri Tigers linebacker Kentrell Brothers (10) strips it for an interception in the fourth quarter at ASU Stadium. Missouri defeated Arkansas State 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Round 2: Own Pick

Selection: ILB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri


Missouri inside linebacker Kentrell Brothers would be the type of player who can fully complement incumbent starter NaVorro Bowman within the interior of San Francisco’s front seven.

Brothers may not be a pass-rushing stud, and he has some question marks surrounding his coverage speed, but he is the type of tackling machine the 49ers thought they had with retired linebacker Chris Borland.

His 152 total tackles this season currently leads all of college football, and his 73 solo takedowns ranks No. 1 in the SEC.

And 12 of those tackles have come for a loss, which points to Brothers’ excellent pursuit skills and instincts dropping ball-carriers before or right at the point of attack.

San Francisco once prided itself on being strong at this position. Brothers would help the 49ers be so once more.

Next: Round 3