Much of what the 49ers did in the 2022 NFL Draft was intended to beef up the depth chart, resulting in some awfully strong and deep positional groups.
If you comb through the San Francisco 49ers’ 2022 NFL Draft class, few if any selected players stand out as true day-one starters.
It’s understandable. Without a first-round pick this year, and the tendency for Round 1 prospects to have the best chance at starting right away, the Niners’ primary focus wasn’t to grab immediate-impact players for every-down roles. No, instead it was about bolstering the depth right now while increasing the chances of finding long-term starters who can contribute that way in a year or two’s time.
Not a bad approach. Especially for a San Francisco roster that’s already built for the postseason.
What happens as a result, though, is the 49ers wind up with some exceptionally strong position groups, and each one of the team’s actions influenced this. One particular unit went from being a highly criticized weakness and turned into a notable strength, at least when looking at the sheer number of roster-caliber options the team onboarded or brought back this offseason.
As for a different position group? Well, it was already strong to begin with and only got stronger once the Niners finished up their actions in the draft.
So, with offseason workouts like OTAs, minicamps and training camp just around the corner, let’s take a look at and break down San Francisco’s three strongest positions as we inch closer to the 2022 regular season.