2023 mock NFL Draft: 49ers watch NFC get significantly stronger
2023 NFL Draft, Pick No. 99: San Francisco 49ers (bonus pick) – Joe Tippman, Center, Wisconsin
Jake Brendel had a solid season starting in lieu of the retired Alex Mack, but he’s a free agent. If the 49ers decide not to sign him then they’ll need a ready-made replacement, and they probably still should invest a pick even if he does return.
Center is the one position the Niners can probably draft a plug-and-play starter this late, given their impressive roster, and Joe Tippmann has been an impressive center for the Wisconsin Badgers with only one sack and five pressures conceded for the season.
Tippmann is scheme versatile and has had several impressive years with the Badgers. He looks like he can be a first-year starter at the next level with his impressive strength and athleticism. He’s good at the point of attack, and constantly gets the first punch in on his opponent.
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Tippmann could stand to improve his leverage a bit in the NFL so defenders can’t get under his guard so much, and that’ll show against elite defensive tackles. But all in all, he’s an excellent and safe prospect for the next level.
If the 49ers don’t think they’ll get him here, they have the picks (Nos. 99, 100 and 101) to trade up and get their man.