SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 2022 NFL Draft runs Thursday through Saturday, and every San Francisco 49ers draft pick will be analyzed here.
The draft will be held in Las Vegas on the Strip in the area adjacent to Caesars Forum two years after its original date. The 2020 NFL Draft has been turned into a virtual event due to COVID-19.
Here’s a look at how each player selected by San Francisco will fit in.
Round 2, No. 61 overall: drake jacksonDE, USC
My opinion : The 49ers have never been shy about taking pass-rushers since the arrival of general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. It’s the fourth time in six years the Niners have taken a defensive lineman with their first draft pick. In Jackson, the Niners hope to find a long-term running mate opposite Nick Bosa. Jackson, who is known for his speed and athleticism, had just 12.5 sacks and 25 tackles in three seasons, so production didn’t match the measurable data, but Niners defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, has a long history of making the most of talent. players. There’s enough talent on the defensive line that Jackson doesn’t have huge immediate expectations, which should allow him to add strength and technique in the meantime.
And after: The 49ers have two more Friday night picks (Nos. 93 and 105) to continue adding to the roster. The offensive line in particular needs help, especially in the center. More body for the secondary and another receiver could also be in the mix, with a tight end something of a joker.
My opinion : The 49ers continue to invest relatively early picks in running backs, which isn’t a good thing, given the success they’ve had finding guards later in the draft or even after it ends. Having depth at running back has proven necessary in recent years as the Niners have had a different player that has led them to rush every season since coach Shanahan took over in 2017. But it’s not a good sign for Trey Sermon, the 2021 third-round pick, that he was passed by Elijah Mitchell in the pecking order last season and the Niners then invested in the spot again this year. Davis-Price is a bigger, more physical back type than previous Niners players, so he should have a role, but it’s still a bit of a headache considering the needs on the offensive line. It may be an effort to help appease receiver Deebo Samuel, who might like his rush count recalled.
Round 3, No. 105 overall: Danny GrayWR, EMS
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My opinion : As the Niners move to Trey Lance at quarterback, the need for a receiver with home run speed has become more apparent. Gray, who ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, should give them that element. Gray won’t have to step into a big role right away, but he adds the necessary depth and could easily carve out a deep ball specialist role in the meantime. It also might not be a coincidence that the Niners used their two third-round picks on a running back and a receiver, both of whom could lighten some of Deebo Samuel’s workload as the Niners are looking to redeem themselves with their star offensive weapon.
And after: The Niners have six more selections to make on Saturday and still have pressing needs on the offensive line and safety with additional help at the tight end also attractive. San Francisco doesn’t have a roster spot for nine rookies, so don’t be surprised if it appears to be making a few trades on the final day of the draft.