The San Francisco 49ers have received some excellent production from their rookie 2019 NFL Draft class, and Niner Noise power ranks this bunch after Week 3.
It’s the San Francisco 49ers bye week, which affords Niner Noise some time to take a look at how things are standing with the team heading into the next portion of what’s turning out to be a great 2019 campaign.
A good chunk of the campaign’s success has to do with the Niners’ NFL Draft class from this year.
So far, the early returns on San Francisco’s rookie class have been excellent, especially at the top of the class. Being able to use the No. 2 overall pick on Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa certainly provided a boost, and the 49ers defense looks infinitely better than it did a year ago at this time.
Bosa isn’t doing it alone, of course. But he’s a big reason why the Niners sit at 3-0 heading into their Week 4 bye.
OK, so it’s a small sample size. And San Francisco still has a number of grades one might consider “incomplete.” There, too, are those who’d argue any rookie’s impact can’t be fully or accurately evaluated until at least halfway through their first-year campaigns.
Since the 49ers have an early bye, though, it at least brings up the question: What has San Francisco received in return from their most-recent NFL Draft players?
To figure this out, Niner Noise will look at traditional stats, advanced analytics and the pure-and-simple eye test to determine how this crop ranks out, power rankings style.
One has to give an honorable mention to linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair, too, as the undrafted rookie went from a dark-horse possibility to a key contributor on San Francisco’s special teams.
Since he wasn’t drafted, though, he won’t be included. Instead, let’s power rank the actual Niners draftees.