While the 2022 NFL Draft is fully in the books, it’s never too soon to speculate what the 49ers will do when 2023 rolls around, right?
If you thought you finally could put aside reading another mock NFL Draft for a while, you’re dead wrong.
Yes, the 2022 NFL Draft literally just wrapped up a week ago, and none of us have any clue just how the San Francisco 49ers’ 2022 draft class will pan out. We also don’t know anything about which players will rise, fall, succumb to injuries, depart via free agency, be traded and so on.
And for the college prospects heading into the upcoming season? Well, they’re about as big a mystery as anything else.
So, as we kickstart Niner Noise’s first mock for 2023, don’t be surprised if some players wind up falling out of the top 100 and into the ranks of the undrafted, just like former Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross, who was once considered a first-round prospect before joining the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent this year.
Players will rise, too. Welcome to the very fluid process of evaluating draft talent.
For this particular Niners mock, we’ll dive only into the first four rounds and not get too far out into the weeds in terms of picks in Rounds 5 through 7. And while San Francisco is likely to receive four compensatory picks in the 2023 draft, we don’t know officially quite yet.
And remember, the 49ers are still without a first-round selection next year, too, thanks to the 2021 trade-up for quarterback Trey Lance.
Heading over to FanSpeak’s trusty mock-draft simulator, don’t blame us because they slate the Niners to pick at No. 57 overall.
At any rate, San Francisco is now on the clock.