Full San Francisco 49ers Primer for the 2016 NFL Draft
By Peter Panacy
Round 1 Big Board for San Francisco
If there’s one positive takeaway from the 49ers needing a lot of upgrades via the NFL draft, it’s the fact general manager Trent Baalke can simply take the best player available when the Niners’ number is called in Round 1.
So San Francisco’s big board for the first round can mirror a lot of big boards from around the league. Depending on which prospects go off the boards early, Baalke will be able to tab the top guy remaining when the 49ers are to pick.
Earlier this month, Niner Noise took a look at a potential Round 1 big board with an emphasis on players possibly tabbed by San Francisco. Here were the selections:
- QB Jared Goff, Cal
- LB Myles Jack, UCLA
- DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon
- T Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
- WR Laquon Treadwell
There could be some obvious changes with a few weeks’ news and developments in the books. Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa could reinforce a defensive line potentially without nose tackle Ian Williams (ankle) for the start of the regular season. The same could be said of Clemson DE Shaq Lawson. And quarterback Carson Wentz out of North Dakota State is widely viewed as the second-best signal-caller available in the draft.
Or maybe Baalke trades down, acquiring more needed picks, and lands a defensive lineman like Jarran Reed out of Alabama or a shutdown cornerback like Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III or Mackensie Alexander.
But often the best picks are found in the middle rounds. And some jewels can be found in later rounds as well.
So let’s provide an updated mock for the 49ers in the NFL draft.
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