Cutting Tyrion Davis-Price makes (most of) 49ers' 2022 NFL Draft class look bad

Most of the 49ers' 2022 NFL Draft class isn't looking too hot right now.

Emphasize the word, "most."

San Francisco 49ers running back Tyrion Davis-Price (32)
San Francisco 49ers running back Tyrion Davis-Price (32) / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Reevaluating 49ers 2022 NFL Draft class after Tyrion Davis-Price gets waived

Remember, the 49ers didn't have a first-round pick in the 2022 draft because it was part of the trade to land quarterback Trey Lance at No. 3 overall the year before, and that failure is another story for another time.

Here is the full list of picks the Niners made in 2022, kicking off in Round 2:

  • EDGE Drake Jackson, USC (Round 2, No. 61 overall)
  • RB Tyrion Davis-Price, LSU (Round 3, No. 93 overall)
  • WR Danny Gray, SMU (Round 3, No. 105 overall)
  • OL Spencer Burford, UTSA (Round 4, No. 134 overall)
  • CB Samuel Womack, Toledo (Round 5, No. 172 overall)
  • OL Nick Zakelj, Fordham (Round 6, No. 187 overall)
  • DT Kalia Davis, UCF (Round 6, No. 220 overall)
  • CB Tariq Castro-Fields, Penn State (Round 6, No. 221 overall)
  • QB Brock Purdy, Iowa State (Round 7, No. 262 overall)

Castro-Fields and now Davis-Price are no longer with San Francisco, the former failing to make the 53-man roster his rookie season out of training camp.

Jackson, the 49ers' top pick, started off strong in each of his two seasons, recording three sacks in each. But he became a regular healthy scratch down the stretch during his rookie year, and he fell out of favor midway through 2023, too, which led to the Niners trading for edge rushers, Randy Gregory and Chase Young.

The former USC defender is now on injured reserve and unlikely to make a dent for the rest of the season. The same goes for Zakelj, who was almost exclusively a special teams player this year.

Wide receiver Danny Gray, the speedster who was drafted to pair with Lance's strong arm, is also on injured reserve but scantly has a role in the wake of Lance's departure and an otherwise stacked wide receiver room that is led by Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.

Womack and Davis are both depth options, the latter making his NFL debut in Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles and even recording a sack after redshirting his rookie season and spending the first half-plus of 2023 as a healthy inactive.

Outside of Purdy, Burford is the only player who's made a substantial dent, and even he might be viewed as a short-term starting option at right guard.