49ers’ worst picks in 2022 NFL Draft
RB Tyrion Davis-Price (LSU)
This pick being bad is less about the player and more about the need for the position on the roster. There were other areas of the depth chart that could be reinforced instead of the running back position.
After moving up in last year’s draft to select Trey Sermon, for the second straight year in mysterious fashion, the Niners picked yet another running back, LSU’s Tyrion Davis-Price.
There’s a side to this where it may be good for All-Pro wide receiver Deebo Samuel, as it looks like Kyle Shanahan and Co. want to add as many ball-carriers as possible
Davis-Price is a downhill runner who isn’t shy of contact, he has a bigger build and can take on hits. He eclipsed 1,000 yards last season but wasn’t necessarily efficient in doing so, averaging just 4.8 yards per carry on over 200 touches.
Though Davis-Price may have been a reach at this point in the draft, expect him to play a role in the offense in 2022 nevertheless.
OT Nick Zakelj (Fordham)
Offensive lineman Nick Zakelj out of Fordham is a true project and does not have a clear path for immediate playing time. Playing over in the Patriot League conference, he didn’t see very many NFL prospects and lacks proper technique.
At best, San Francisco can develop Zakelj to compete for a depth spot in 2023, but seeing him on the field anytime soon is a bit far-fetched.