Which players did the 49ers take in the 2022 NFL Draft?

Linebacker Drake Jackson #99 of the USC Trojans (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Linebacker Drake Jackson #99 of the USC Trojans (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

The 49ers’ efforts in the 2022 NFL Draft are now complete, so let’s take a look at the newest members to wear the red and gold this season.

The San Francisco 49ers entered the 2022 NFL Draft with nine total selections but were without a first-round pick in the wake of last year’s deal for quarterback Trey Lance.

Lance has to be happy about some of the efforts the Niners put forth over the three-day event from Las Vegas, Nevada, though, as he’ll have some notable weapons at his disposal this upcoming season and hopefully beyond.

San Francisco didn’t trade up from its first pick, No. 61 overall, however. Instead, general manager John Lynch and Co. decided to rely on the depth of the draft to find players to fill a slew of small-but-notable needs for a playoff-caliber roster.

Let’s take a look at which prospects the 49ers grabbed in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Who did the 49ers take in the 2022 NFL Draft?

In total, the Niners grabbed nine total prospects in the 2022 draft, starting off with USC EDGE Drake Jackson at No. 61 overall:

  1. Round 2, No. 61 overall: EDGE Drake Jackson, USC
  2. Round 3, No. 93 overall: RB Tyrion Davis-Price, LSU
  3. Round 3, No. 105 overall: WR Danny Gray, SMU
  4. Round 4, No. 134 overall: OL Spencer Burford, UTSA
  5. Round 5, No. 172 overall: CB Samuel Womack, Toledo
  6. Round 6, No. 187 overall: OL Nick Zakelj, Fordham
  7. Round 6, No. 220 overall: DT Kalia Davis, UCF
  8. Round 6, No. 221 overall: CB Tariq Castro-Fields, Penn State
  9. Round 7, No. 262 overall: QB Brock Purdy, Iowa State

Jackson figures to be a third-down pass-rusher right away opposite EDGE Nick Bosa, but the long-term hope is for him to be a three-down player.

Davis-Price, meanwhile, joins a crowded backfield. But with San Francisco’s preference to run the football, he’ll get his fair share of carries and could enjoy a rotational role with last year’s sixth-round rookie, Elijah Mitchell.

Lance has to be thrilled about Gray, though, as the SMU product is an exceptionally fast down-the-field threat.

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That’s an element the 49ers offense has lacked in recent years.

Burford, a four-year starter, has played every offensive line position but center, so he figures to be a versatile backup along with Zakelj, the latter competing for a swing-tackle role.

As far as the Niners’ weaknesses in the secondary last season, the hope is both Womack and Castro-Fields can provide some immediate thump with the floor of being a high-end reserve right away.

As far as Purdy? Well, a little back-end quarterback competition never hurt anyone, right?

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