The 49ers didn’t make a lot of big-time moves in free agency, but the ones they did influence our latest seven-round mock NFL Draft for 2022.
As far as NFL free agency went for the San Francisco 49ers, there weren’t exactly too many surprises.
The Niners already faced the very real possibility of losing nose tackle D.J. Jones, running back Raheem Mostert, cornerback K’Waun Williams and Pro Bowl left guard Laken Tomlinson on the market. And in the cases of Jones and Tomlinson, their respective deals with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets went far above what San Francisco could afford to pay, and Mostert and Williams are now gone, too.
Yet the 49ers responded by signing former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward, arguably helping solve the biggest positional need general manager John Lynch had for 2022, while many of the other free-agent deals focused on depth and upgrades for special teams.
Perhaps the biggest shocker, however, is the fact the Niners weren’t able to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo around the opening wave of free agency, as that was highly anticipated to be Lynch’s biggest offseason move yet.
There are plenty of reasons why no trade went down, but the immediate impact right now will be less capital for Lynch and Co. to attack the 2022 NFL Draft.
Nevertheless, San Francisco still owns nine picks in this year’s draft, including six on day three. But without a first-round pick in tow, the 49ers will have to wait and see which prospects fall to them in Round 2.
Using the mock draft simulator from our pals over at Pro Football Focus, let’s mock out all
seven six rounds in which the Niners will be picking, potentially tossing in some trades in the process!
With the 61st pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, San Francisco is now on the clock.