SF 49ers: Day Two | Round Two
Now that the SF 49ers have valuable draft assets, they can add some quality youth players to keep their squad strong for years to come. After the Niners brought in Alex Mack they managed to secure a quality center for one year, maybe two, but not for the future.
With the 57th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, San Francisco selects center Landon Dickerson from Alabama.
Having played for two different teams at the college level and across all five positions on the offensive line, Dickerson brings with him a wealth of experience. That mixed in with getting to sit behind a quality NFL starter like Alex Mack for a year could turn him into one of the best centers in the league.
Day Two | Round Three
After some shrewd business earlier, the SF 49ers now have three picks in Round 3. By getting six picks inside the first three rounds, the Niners have a shot to bring in a handful of quality players early in the draft instead of having to take a risk in the later rounds.
First up in Round 3, San Francisco brings in some more help to the secondary. Up first is a cornerback out of UCF. Tay Gowan sat out the 2020 season, but in 2019, he put up adequate numbers for the Knights. In 2019 he put up 31 tackles and two interceptions across 12 games.
Gowan can step in and bring competition for the starting cornerbacks and compete for a starting spot himself. A strong defensive line is made even better when there are players in the secondary who can capitalize on the mistakes forced by the linemen. Competition makes everyone better, and that’s great for the 49ers.
With their second and third picks in the third round, Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch stick with the defensive side of the ball.
First up with the 77th overall pick, the SF 49ers select Jamin Davis from Kentucky.
In 2020, Davis notched up 100 tackles, four tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, and added three interceptions. Adding in a linebacker who can get pressure on the quarterback will take some of the pressure of EDGE Nick Bosa when they decide to bring the blitz. Davis’ interceptions in college show that he understands the passing game and can get himself into the right positions to have an impact and force turnovers.
With their third and final pick in the third round, the Niners select Osa Odighizuwa. The defensive linemen from UCLA improved his statistics each year with the Bruins until COVID shortened the 2020 season. Gradually building up his tackles and sacks through each of his seasons, he finished his college career with a total of 120 tackles. 27.5 of those tackles were for a loss.
He also added in 11.5 sacks.
A knack for getting into the backfield is a great trait for a defensive lineman, and managing to do it on just over every four tackles is pretty impressive. If he can continue that sort of form, he could be in line to be an impactful player at the next level.