1. Jordan Brailford, EDGE, Oklahoma State
Right off the bat, if EDGE Jordan Brailford is selected by the 49ers, that doesn’t mean San Francisco won’t also end up with either defensive end Nick Bosa or EDGE Josh Allen during the 2019 NFL Draft. The 49ers definitely need multiple upgrades at edge rusher.
Also, Brailford probably wouldn’t be a first-year starter for the 49ers. Brailford is slightly undersized to be a starting 4-3 defensive end in the NFL and would probably be better suited to be a 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level.
But the 49ers could potentially draft him to be a pass-rushing specialist who takes the field primarily on third downs. Brailford knows how to get to the quarterback, recording 10 sacks for Oklahoma State as well as 17 tackles for loss last season.
Brailford has NFL-level athleticism as well as the required football IQ. The 49ers need as many pass-rushers as they can find for next season and Brailford projects as a role player that could notch up his share of sacks in obvious passing situations.
Brailford also has the potential to learn a brand new position if the 49ers so choose, and could be an intriguing backup linebacker prospect with the ability to start after some developmental time.
If you can get to the quarterback, you have a future in the NFL. Brailford could be a nice choice for the San Francisco 49ers on the third day of the 2019 NFL Draft.