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

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Sep 27, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive tackle Montravius Adams (1) celebrates an interception during the first half against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Round 5: Pick from San Diego

Selection: DT Montravius Adams, Auburn


Nose tackle Ian Williams is in a contract year and should be one of the 49ers’ top re-sign priorities this offseason. But he also comes with injury concerns, which could test San Francisco’s depth along the defensive line.

The D-line has been inconsistent this season — strange considering head coach Jim Tomsula once developed this unit into one of the best in the NFL. With defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (knee) out for the rest of this season, and potentially part of 2016, the 49ers will want to supply some bulk to the line.

Auburn defensive tackle Montravius Adams can do that. He has the flexibility to play at the nose or at either end as he did in 2014.

And he’s flashed some pass-rushing potential with three sacks that season along with seven tackles for a loss.

Sep 26, 2015; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks long snapper Devin Melendez (66) and Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone (64) and Oregon Ducks long snapper Tanner Carew (58) at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Round 5: Own Pick

Selection: OT Tyler Johnstone, Oregon


The hope for the 49ers in 2016 is to either have a healthy, ready-to-go return of right tackle Anthony Davis to shore up the right side of San Francisco’s offensive line. Or general manager Trent Baalke tabs a right tackle via free agency.

But the 49ers will need a swing tackle to act as a backup for this position along with veteran left tackle Joe Staley.

Oregon tackle Tyler Johnstone fits the mold and would benefit from playing in the zone-blocking scheme employed by the Ducks — the same O-line approach implemented in San Francisco this season.

Injuries forced Johnstone to miss all of 2014, and likely dropped his draft stock significantly, but he remains one of the better O-lineman in the draft per Bleacher Report.

Nov 28, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles linebacker Terrance Smith (24) reacts against the Florida Gators during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida State Seminoles defeated the Florida Gators 27-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Round 5: Compensatory Pick (Perrish Cox)

Selection: OLB Terrance Smith, Florida State


An additional outside linebacker may not be as pressing a need after previous selections, but the 49ers could still use some help with coverage linebackers.

Florida State’s Terrance Smith is one such player as pointed out by Dane Brugler of CBS Sports:

"Smith plays with above average speed for the position to explode through holes at the line of scrimmage and meet the ball-carrier before he can escape the backfield. His acceleration allows him to stick with running backs and tight ends in coverage."

This has been a weakness for the 49ers this season with teams frequently targeting linebacker coverage to move the ball downfield. Anyone remember San Francisco’s loss against the New York Giants?

Smith would be a project and is raw in a number of areas. He’s also not a pass-rushing type either having registered just four sacks and 12 tackles for a loss over five seasons with the Seminoles.

Think what the 49ers had in linebacker Dan Skuta a few seasons ago, and that’s the type of player Smith could be.

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