Of course, the 49ers won’t solely focus on offensive players in the 2022 NFL Draft. But if they did, their 2022 class may look a bit like this seven-round mock.
What if the San Francisco 49ers took offensive players only in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft?
This won’t happen, obviously, although it wouldn’t be the strangest thing to happen on draft day. And with the understanding of how the Niners offense largely flamed out in the playoffs last season, along with the fact general manager John Lynch would like to surround quarterback Trey Lance with as many weapons as possible, it certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility the bulk of San Francisco’s nine picks in this year’s draft are used on offensive talent.
Last year’s trade-up for Lance cost the 49ers their Round 1 selection in 2022, meaning Lynch will have to wait until the tail end of the second round to make his first pick, barring some sort of aggressive trade-up again, which isn’t likely.
That said, there are plenty of quality offensive players to be had on day two of the draft, and there are even more supplementary hidden-gem talents who’ll be available on day three.
Six of the Niners’ 2022 draft picks are between Rounds 4 and 7, and it wouldn’t be out of the question to see Lynch trade up earlier in the draft while using some of those selections as ammunition.
At any rate, let’s have a little bit of fun here with an offense-only mock for San Francisco, using Pro Football Focus’ mock-draft tool to break down the selections and to create some randomness with the picks being made by the other 31 teams.
It’s Round 2, and the 49ers are on the clock… earlier than expected from their initial pick at No. 61 overall.