49ers 7-round mock NFL Draft after trading Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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leon o'neal jr., Texas A&M Aggies
Leon O’Neal Jr. #9 of the Texas A&M Aggies (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

873. . Safety. Aggies . Leon O'Neal Jr.. 254. player

Round 7, Pick No. 254 (Compensatory): S Leon O’ Neal Jr., Texas A&M

If we haven’t started blindly throwing darts at the dartboard, we certainly are now. That’s essentially what happens on day three of the NFL Draft anyway, and Round 7 picks are the absolute definition of doing so.

Just hope to get lucky. That’s it.

With only two compensatory picks remaining for San Francisco after trading one away earlier, a thought has to shift to potentially finding either depth or a replacement for veteran strong safety Jaquiski Tartt, who has a notable injury history and will be a free agent in 2022 anyway.

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Even if Tartt returns, finding additional contingency options would be wise. On the surface, one of these might appear to be second-year pro Talanoa Hufanga, who had some splash moments (including that special teams touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs), but Hufanga remained a coverage liability for much of the year.

Texas A&M safety Leon O’Neal Jr. isn’t exactly a top-end option in coverage, lacking straightline speed and sometimes taking bad angles. But, at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, he does possess the kind of physicality that would make him a worthy flier as a developmental piece and special teams contributor right out of the gate.

Six interceptions over four collegiate seasons won’t go unnoticed either.