No. 1: 49ers can hope EDGE Derick Hall continues to fall
The Niners are either hoping second-year EDGE Drake Jackson takes a massive leap, or they’re hoping one of two castoffs, Clelin Ferrell or Austin Bryant, turn their pass-rushing woes around in a new setting with San Francisco.
Either way, the 49ers need a quality No. 2 option to pair with the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Nick Bosa.
Pass-rushers, especially the good ones, rarely slip in the NFL Draft. And Auburn’s Derick Hall is easily the best remaining one available after Round 1.
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That all but assures some team will be looking at grabbing him within the first 10 picks or so, meaning a team like the Niners would have to move up from No. 99 overall to even have a chance of nabbing the explosive athlete who ran a 4.55 40-yard time at the combine.
However, if Hall falls for one reason or another, such a move-up could end up being far less costly and much more beneficial to San Francisco.
Day two of the 2023 NFL Draft kicks off on Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. ET.