The 49ers finished the 2022 NFL Draft with nine total selections, but they’ll scramble to add even more undrafted free agents. Let’s track ’em.
So, who has the data out there saying how there are more undrafted free agents in the league than players selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft? Anyone?
At any rate, the San Francisco 49ers haven’t been strangers to finding hidden-gem UDFAs over the years, and they’ll hope a few from the 2022 class wind up providing some sort of impact sooner than later.
However, there is still plenty of room for general manager John Lynch and Co. to round out the offseason roster, getting it up to a maximum of 90 players for offseason programs:
If our advanced math is correct, and without cutting any other player, San Francisco could sign up to 14 UDFAs in the immediate hours (and possibly days) now that the draft is finished.
Let’s track which UDFAs the 49ers are bringing aboard right away.
49ers 2022 undrafted free-agent tracker
OL Jason Poe, Mercer
Merely seconds after the 2022 draft concluded, NFL insider Matt Lombardo reported the 49ers were signing former Mercer offensive lineman Jason Poe, with whom the Niners held a predraft visit:
Poe is a fast mover. And he might be the only true 2022 rookie option who could possibly replace aging center Alex Mack, who is reportedly mulling about retirement.
LB Segun Olubi, San Diego State
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported San Francisco is also signing former San Diego State linebacker Segun Olubi:
Consider this move something to help with the 49ers’ own depth needs at the position, as well as the never-ending need to help boost special teams play.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker finished 2021 with 52 total tackles, a sack and one pass broken up.
LB Jeremiah Gemmel, North Carolina
Another linebacker, Jeremiah Gemmel, is also joining the Niners’ offseason depth chart, according to his own alma mater, UNC:
WR Tay Martin, Oklahoma State
San Francisco already added a wide receiver in SMU’s Danny Gray at the end of Round 3, and it also doesn’t look as if All-Pro wideout Deebo Samuel is going anywhere.
But competition is always good, and that’s what Oklahoma wide receiver Tay Martin will bring, him joining the 49ers, according to Pro Football Network’s Mike Kaye:
Martin, 6-foot-3 and 186 pounds, blew up last year with 86 receptions for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns after relatively quiet years with both the Cowboys and Washington State Cougars, previously.
DB Tayler Hawkins, San Diego State
The Niners added two defensive backs in the draft, Toledo’s Sam Womack and Penn State’s Tariq Castro-Fields, but finding more coverage bodies is always important during training camp.
Another school-reported signing, San Diego State defensive back Tayler Hawkins will join his fellow rookies in San Francisco:
Hawkins, 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, finished 2021 with 62 total tackles and two interceptions over 13 games played.
WR Taysir Mack, Pittsburgh
Another wide receiver UDFA addition, Taysir Mack is reportedly joining the 49ers, too, to add to the depth and competition along with Gray and Martin in the rookie camp, news reported by Matt Zenitz of On3Sports:
Mack, 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, caught 161 passes for 2,369 yards and 12 touchdowns over his five-year collegiate career split between Indiana and Pitt.
S Leon O’Neal Jr., Texas A&M
A late-round draft crush of Niner Noise earlier this offseason, Texas A&M safety Leon O’Neal Jr. is going to make his way to the Niners secondary as an undrafted free agent, too, according to Pro Football Focus’ Doug Kyed:
O’Neal will likely compete for a special teams role early in his NFL career, but he has a ceiling as a decent in-the-box safety who can defend well enough against the run.
Perhaps a need with veteran safety Jaquiski Tartt still unsigned.
DT Kevin Atkins, Fresno State
Defensive tackle Kevin Atkins is signing with the Niners, according to Atkins himself:
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound interior lineman finished with an impressive 41 tackles, 13 of which were for a loss, plus seven sacks in 2021.
OL Dohnovan West, Arizona State
There was no shortage of cries among the fanbase for San Francisco to use a day-three draft pick on Arizona State interior offensive lineman Dohnovan West, who was seen as a potential long-term fit at center and an inexpensive insurance policy against Pro Bowler Alex Mack retiring sooner than later.
Well, according to NFL insider Aaron Wilson, the 49ers will get West anyway:
That amount of guaranteed money likely points to West hanging around on the 53-man roster to start the regular season. Good for him, and good for the Niners, too.
OL Sam Schlueter, Minnesota
San Francisco has already added a lot of bodies to its offensive line during the draft, but grabbing some to round out the offseason roster and to create some third-string options will always be important, meaning Minnesota lineman Sam Schlueter will have a job, according to Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
DB Qwuantrezz Knight, UCLA
Defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight, who spent time at three schools — Maryland, Kent State and eventually UCLA, also announced he’s joining the 49ers:
The 6-foot-0, 198-pound Knight had 65 total tackles last season, 8.5 of which were for a loss, while also adding 2.5 sacks and three passes broken up.
TE Garrett Walston, North Carolina
Wilson also reported the Niners were adding UNC tight end Garrett Walston:
San Francisco didn’t grab a tight end in the draft, and this year’s class was generally considered both weak and thin.
But, hey, competition to support the All-Pro George Kittle will get a little juicier with the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Walston in the mix, right?