The 49ers are expected to receive a sixth-round compensatory pick for the departure of EDGE Aaron Lynch in 2018, yet that has yet to be officially announced. For now, it’s at pick No. 213.
San Francisco played seven different players at safety last year, which speaks to the amount of attrition the team suffered at this position. The player who started at free safety, Adrian Colbert, regressed before landing on injured reserve midway through the season. And the combination of fill-ins and replacements didn’t fare much better.
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A lot of what the Niners do at this spot in 2019 will be contingent on the team’s actions in free agency. The Seattle Seahawks’ Earl Thomas is a prime free-agent target, and it would be more than wise if San Francisco aggressively pursued him.
That said, depth is needed, too.
This is where Temple free safety Delvon Randall comes into play. At 5-foot-11, he’s better atop the defense. And while his ranginess and speed isn’t ideal for a single-high safety, his instincts in pass coverage are good enough to make up for the deficiencies here.
Plus, he’s a ballhawk, posting 12 interceptions over his four seasons with the Owls. After recording just two picks in 2018, the 49ers desperately need those kinds of players.
The 49ers don’t own a pick in Round 7, as that was given up to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for offensive lineman Shon Coleman.
The 2019 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET from Nashville, Tennessee.