Grading 49ers 2021 NFL Draft class after first 5 weeks

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Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers
Elijah Mitchell #25 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

49ers day-three NFL Draft picks

49ers NFL Draft Pick, No. 155 Overall: OL Jaylon Moore (Grade: B+)

Offensive lineman Jaylon Moore has done his job as a later pick in the draft, finding his way onto the roster in a good role for him. In Moore’s case, he’s now the swing tackle for the side and is the first one off the bench if a tackle gets injured.

This did happen when left tackle Trent Williams had to leave the game in Week 4, and Moore filled in admirably allowing only one pressure.

One to watch for sure.

49ers NFL Draft Pick, No. 172 Overall: CB Deommodore Lenoir (Grade: B+)

Another one to watch for the future, cornerback Deommodore Lenoir has shown some promising signs when on the field, although he has been absent from defense since Week 3.

Mind you, the veterans the Niners brought in to supplement the position haven’t set the world on fire either. If the patchy play continues, it may be better for San Francisco to bring the rookie back into the fold.

Lenoir definitely has a future in the league, though.

49ers NFL Draft Pick, No. 180 Overall: S Talanoa Hufanga (Grade: B-)

Unlike some rookies, safety Talanoa Hufanga is slowly seeing more and more of the field, and we saw him make a nice play against the Arizona Cardinals on a quarterback chase-down in Week 5.

Safety is a weak point for the defense, in terms of depth, so Hufanga has every opportunity to be a big contributor to the team in the future.

49ers NFL Draft Pick, No. 194 Overall: RB Elijah Mitchell (Grade: A+)

The home-run pick of the draft, the selection of Trey Sermon was puzzling given the ability of Kyle Shanahan to find bargains at running back, and Elijah Mitchell is the latest example of that.

Now the starter at running back, Mitchell has been very impressive indeed. He’s beaten veterans and even a rookie picked higher than him, Sermon, to be a big asset for the team and its most consistent rookie despite being the last one selected.

It’s been a lean year so far when it comes to rookie play, but Mitchell is the best so far.

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