Power ranking 49ers 2021 rookie NFL Draft class after beating Rams

Eli Mitchell #25 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Talanoa Hufanga, San Francisco 49ers
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The 49ers are still not getting much production from the top end of their 2021 NFL Draft class, but Week 10’s win over the Rams showed some value from others.

It’s still far too soon to determine just how impactful the San Francisco 49ers‘ 2021 NFL Draft class is going to be, and the thought all rookies need at least three years of on-field play before truly receiving any sort of final grade has some merit.

Of course, the Niners’ 2021 draft class will forever be defined by the No. 3 overall selection, quarterback Trey Lance, whom the team acquired after essentially mortgaging the future by trading away three first-round picks and a 2022 third-rounder.

Yet Lance, like so many of the other San Francisco high-profile draft selections, has scantly been used this season and not at all in recent weeks.

Instead, it’s been the very back end of the 49ers draft class making an impact, as Pro Football Focus’ Jeff Deeney pointed out in the wake of the Niners’ shocking 31-10 upset home win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10:

The much-needed victory at just over the halfway point of the 2021 regular season affords us the chance to stop and provide some NFL power rankings for San Francisco’s rookie class this deep into the season. Things have changed quite a bit from our preseason-end rookie-class NFL power rankings, so we’ll factor in those changes as well and in light of many of the team’s undrafted free agents no longer being on the roster.

And as far as how things pan out by the year’s end, so much of that will be contingent upon how the 49ers finish up and exactly when they’re eliminated from the playoffs, should that happen at all.

Let’s start off at the bottom, though.