While most of the high-profile San Francisco 49ers offseason additions in 2019 garner a lot of attention, these four less-known pickups could prove to be vital, too.
If you’re thinking about San Francisco 49ers offseason pickups in 2019, you’ll likely be drawn to the first-round NFL Draft selection of Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa. Perhaps the trade for former Kansas City Chiefs edge rusher Dee Ford piques your interest.
All those are crucial, yes. And San Francisco is hoping, perhaps banking on each of those players providing substantial impact right away this upcoming season.
But equally important to any team’s chances are the less-heralded pickups. Depth and hidden-gem finds can wind up providing just as much an impact as a well-known starter or star.
Yes, the 49ers made a few of these acquisitions as well.
Which ones wind up being the most important, though? Let’s take a look at four under-the-radar acquisitions between the NFL Draft and free agency which could have a sizable impact on San Francisco’s chances this upcoming season.
No. 4: Linebacker David Mayo
The 49ers moved on from depth linebacker Brock Coyle during the offseason, largely hinging on his career-ending concussion, and inked former Carolina Panthers linebacker David Mayo as a preemptive move.
Mayo, 25 years old, hasn’t earned his stripes as a starter. Yet with some of the Niners’ injury concerns at the position, including Alexander coming off a 2018 ACL tear, Mayo could step in on a pinch, if need by.
More importantly, however, Mayo is expected to provide a nice boost to San Francisco’s special teams unit.
Mayo suffered a bit of a regression on special teams last season, according to Pro Football Focus, posting a 59.7 grade in this category in 2018. Between 2015 and 2017, however, Mayo’s special teams grades were 77.8, 73.8 and 72.6, respectively.
PFF ranked the Niners special teams unit 26th in the league last season. While there are a lot of factors working into this particular ranking, the hope is Mayo can wind up boosting this placement quite a bit this season.