2016 NFL Draft: Post-Super Bowl Full 7-Round Mock for San Francisco 49ers
By Peter Panacy
The Pick: QB Vernon Adams Jr., Oregon
5’11”, 195 pounds
The 49ers have three picks in this round: their own, one from a trade with the San Diego Chargers and a likely compensatory selection.
With their first pick in Round 5, the Niners take a flier on Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams Jr.
The tabbing of Chip Kelly as head coach may keep quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and fellow QB Blaine Gabbert for that matter, in a San Francisco uniform for at least one more season. While this possibly rules out the 49ers spending an early pick on a quarterback, it doesn’t mean they’ll avoid one altogether in the draft.
At 5’11” and 195 pounds, questions will certainly focus on Adams’ ability to succeed at the NFL level. But Adams has the same stature and similar skill set to another small-sized quarterback: Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson.
Adams is currently projected by CBS Sports as a seventh-round pick or an undrafted free agent. That ranking will certainly climb after his impressive performance in the East West Shrine Game. And it wouldn’t be shocking to see him in Round 5 at all.
So the 49ers look to possibly add a “diamond in the rough” quarterback in the later rounds and, at least, provide some stiff competition to both Kaepernick and Gabbert.
The Pick: RB Aaron Green, TCU
5’11”, 203 pounds
San Francisco doesn’t have an overwhelming need at running back with a (hopefully) healthy Carlos Hyde coming back and backups Mike Davis and DuJuan Harris in the mix. And even running back Jarryd Hayne could be a part of the fray.
But TCU running back Aaron Green would be a nice pickup here and a solid fit for Kelly’s offense. Green posted 40 receptions for 332 yards and five touchdowns at Nebraska and TCU — a span that lasted four seasons. He also rushed for 2,531 net yards over that tenure with 1,272 of them coming in 2015.
Green is awfully elusive and has great open-space agility. While he may not have the ideal frame or power aspect, he at least provides a nice change-of-pace option for the offense.
The Pick: OG Rees Odhiambo, Boise State
6’4″, 305 pounds
It wouldn’t be surprising to see the 49ers spend two picks in back-to-back rounds to upgrade the offensive line — an approach similar to what general manager Trent Baalke did with O-linemen Trent Brown and Ian Silberman last season.
Boise State lineman Rees Odiambo has plenty of injury concerns, which have certainly dropped his draft stock into Round 5. But, when healthy, Odiambo has been about as solid as they come and has the flexibility to play at either the guard or tackle positions, per CBS Sports.
Here’s what CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler wrote about him last August:
"Odhiambo is quick off the snap and finishes through the whistle with strong hands and toughness. He does a nice job keeping his feet squared with his shoulders to mirror in space and, despite bending at the waist too often, Odhiambo stays balanced to anchor at the point of attack."
Odhiambo will likely project as a guard and could serve as a backup at either side — a necessity should the 49ers part ways with veteran left guard Alex Boone via free agency this offseason.
Next: Round 6