It sounded like Anthony Davis was going to return to the 49ers earlier in the offseason. That changed when he openly insulted general manager Trent Baalke on Twitter. The paranoid and egomaniacal Baalke will no doubt try to trade Davis now, opening up the possibility for this selection. Ronnie Stanley has the size and length the 49ers love in their prospects. He'd start out at right tackle and eventually play the blind side once Joe Staley (32 in August) moves on.
*** OTHER 2016 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. DeForest Buckner, DE/DT - Buckner, along with former Oregon teammate Arik Armstead, would finally replace what San Francisco once possessed with Justin Smith and Ray McDonald.
2. Myles Jack, LB - If the Jaguars choose Joey Bosa over Jack, the 49ers could go with the UCLA linebacker. San Francisco has a history of selecting injured players.
Pick change; previously DeForest Buckner, DE/DT
Rd. 2, Pk. 6
Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
The 49ers have shown interest in Mackensie Alexander, who could be the pick at this spot. Cornerback isn't the biggest need, but Alexander could just be too good to pass up.
By the way, special thanks to Mackensie Alexander for publishing his Draft Diary on this site. It's a great read if you haven't checked it out yet.
Rd. 3, Pk. 5
Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford
The 49ers have multiple holes on the offensive line that need to be addressed in order to protect their new quarterback. The guard situation is dire in the wake of Alex Boone's departure.
Rd. 4, Pk. 7
Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
The 49ers are so desperate at receiver that they could select multiple players at the position in the first few rounds.
Rd. 4, Pk. 35
Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas
Even if the 49ers plan on starting Blaine Gabbert next year, they still have to draft a quarterback at some point, right?
Rd. 5, Pk. 3
De'Vondre Campbell, OLB, Minnesota
The 49ers still haven't recovered from losing Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, so an inside linebacker is an option for them in any round.
Rd. 5, Pk. 6
Matt Judon, DE, Grand Valley State
San Francisco could be looking for pass-rushing depth, as Corey Lemonier hasn't developed into the player the 49ers were hoping he'd become.
Rd. 5, Pk. 35
De'Runnya Wilson, WR, Mississippi State
A double dip at wideout is possible, as the 49ers don't have anything at receiver.
Rd. 6, Pk. 3
Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson
Jayron Kearse's stock has plummeted, but the 49ers might be interested in the sixth round, as he has the size and length Chip Kelly covets.
Rd. 6, Pk. 31
Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT, TCU
A man with arms as long as his first name is someone Chip Kelly might be interested in, and the 49ers need more line help.
Rd. 6, Pk. 35
Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn
A third receiver is possible, given that the 49ers don't have any sort of talent at wideout. And yes, that includes Torrey Smith, who took the money and ran to San Francisco.
Rd. 6, Pk. 37
Temarrick Hemingway, TE, South Carolina State
Here's another position the 49ers haven't addressed yet. They got another prospect whose length has undoubtedly impressed Chip Kelly.
A general manager told me the 49ers are desperate to trade down, and I think they have a shot at doing it. If the 49ers stay here, I've heard that the top candidates are Solomon Thomas, Jamal Adams and Marshon Lattimore. While I know lot of teams that graded Thomas as a mid- to late first-rounder, there are enough teams that like him in the top 10 that he should go high.
WalterFootball.com was the first to report that Thomas intended to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. The junior enjoyed an excellent 2016 season as a big presence on the edge of the Stanford defense. On the year, he had 62 tackles with 15 for a loss, eight sacks and one forced fumble. Sources from seven NFL teams told me that they graded Thomas a mid- to late first-rounder. Two teams said they had Thomas in the top 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft, but there are enough teams in the top 10 that like him that he should go that high.
Thomas has good speed off the edge with strength and physicality. Teams feel that the 6-foot-2, 273-pounder fits best as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense. Many sources said that Thomas is a bit of a tweener and doesn't have a great fit in a 3-4 defense. He probably would play outside linebacker if drafted into a 3-4 scheme. Teams really like Thomas off the field as well.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Zach Cunningham, OLB/ILB, Vanderbilt
The 49ers could use a linebacker upgrade, and Cunningham is a good value in the second round.
In 2016, Cunningham totaled 125 tackles with 16.5 for a loss, three passes batted and one forced fumble. The 6-foot-3, 234-pounder is a quick, instinctive linebacker who is a reliable tackler. He is a versatile player with the skill set to be a three-down starter in the NFL. There has been buzz about Cunningham in scouting circles, and teams are giving him late first-round/early second-round grades.
In 2015, Cunningham totaled 103 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes batted and four forced fumbles on the year. He was only a redshirt sophomore that season and has upside to develop.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
The 49ers could use more cornerback talent and have shown interest in Tabor.
Tabor totaled 33 tackles with four interceptions and six passes broken up in 2016. Because of getting in a fight with a teammate, Tabor was suspended for the 2016 opener, but he covered really well after that and was a ballhawk. As a sophomore, Tabor recorded 40 tackles, 14 passes broken up and four interceptions, two of them being pick-sixes. Tabor did hurt his draft stock with a suspension during his sophomore season as well. He had an excellent freshman season in 2014, totaling 31 tackles with an interception and eight passes broken up that year.
Some team sources say that Tabor's best role might be as a big nickel corner in the NFL. The 6-foot, 199-pounder is lacking long speed and can give up plays downfield. He is great underneath with very good instincts, feel and awareness. Sometimes though, he is too much of a gambler. Tabor succeeds when plays are in front of him, but gets in trouble with plays behind or over him. Multiple team sources like other first-round corner prospects more than Tabor, but Tabor still projects to Thursday night.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
The 49ers could take some running back depth with Carlos Hyde entering a contract year.
In 2016, Gallman averaged 5.1 yards per carry for 1,087 yards with 16 touchdowns. He tacked on 17 receptions for 113 yards as well. Gallman was the workhorse of the Clemson offense in 2015, averaging 5.4 yards per carry for 1,527 yards with 13 touchdowns. He also caught 21 passes for 213 yards with a score.
Gallman (6-0, 215) has impressive feet with the ability to be elusive in the open field. He also possesses tremendous lateral quickness to dodge tacklers and a burst to accelerate running North-South. Gallman is a quick runner who could stand to add some weight for the next level.
Gallman already has some power to him to pound the ball for some tough yards and finish off runs. It would be good to see him improve his knee bend and pad level. He is a taller back, and as a result, he can run a little upright at times. That could lead to issues with injuries and ball security.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
George Kittle, TE, Iowa
The 49ers could grab some tight end depth and have shown interest in Kittle.
Kittle (6-4, 247) used the combine to help his draft stock as he ran much faster than expected in the 40 and worked out well on the field. As a senior, he made 22 receptions for 314 yards with four touchdowns while playing in a rushing offense. Kittle had 20 catches for 290 yards and six scores as a junior.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Nico Siragusa, G, San Diego State
The 49ers grab another offensive lineman.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
The 49ers grab a developmental quarterback.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Syracuse
The 49ers will probably add a few receivers for competition.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Steven Taylor, OLB, Houston
The 49ers could use some outside linebacker for their switch to a 4-3 scheme.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Dalton Crossan, RB, New Hampshire
The 49ers get some backfield depth and hosted Crossan on a visit.
Ronnie Stanley fit the build perfectly as he compared to Lane Johnson the Offensive Tackle that Chip Kelly drafted out of Oklahoma during his first year with the Eagles and he turned out pretty good. With both quarterbacks and tackles off the board the 49ers draft the BPA DeForest Buckner. Buckner fits the bill of what Trent Baalke likes in his defensive lineman and also he played for Chip Kelly at Oregon, and everyone knows how much Chip Kelly likes having his Oregon Ducks on his roster. A dark horse pick to look out for here is Vernon Hargreaves, after striking out on every free agent corner inlcluding Josh Norman, the 49ers have a striking need at cornerback and might strike here getting the best one available at #7 in Hargreaves.
In 2015, Goff completed 64 percent of his passes for 4,719 yards with 43 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He beat up on weak competition early in the season, but he didn't play as well against quality opponents like Utah, UCLA and USC. Goff bounced back to close out the regular season well against Stanford and Arizona State.
Still, Goff demonstrated his strong, accurate arm and quality field vision. He also has functional mobility to avoid rushers and pick up some yards on the ground. Goff needs to add weight for the NFL and also could have some issues with getting rattled and handling the rush at the next level.
Goff's stats were inflated by a college offense that has a lot of instant passes, and coming from that system, he will need development for the NFL with field vision, working under center and holding up in the face of a pass rush. Goff displayed good mechanics at times, but also had some issues maintaining that when faced with a lot of pressure, and that led to some bad habits of throwing off his back foot. He has said he is working to correct those problems.
Some scouts said that Goff has been overhyped. One scouting director said that Goff was a good player, but he didn't feel he was "top of the draft" worthy right now. Another scout said they were lukewarm on Goff as a pro quarterback.
In speaking to another general manager from a team that is among the best at evaluating and developing quarterbacks, he felt that Goff was the best of the draft-eligible signal-callers. Obviously, there isn't a real consensus about Goff among NFL evaluators.
Chip Kelly will surely have more patience from the 49ers ownership then he had from Philadelphia (not that he deserved their patience), and if I were him, I'd go into 2016 with Kaepernick starting and a have mid round rookie compete for the backup spot with Blaine Gabbert. I fully believe that Chip Kelly intended to flip Bradford & whatever was necessary for the right to select Marcus Mariota, but Tennessee refused to budge, thus foiling his entire plan for Philadelphia's offense.
This time, Kelly gets a fresh start with a QB (albeit a terrible one) who actually possesses the traits necessary to run his offense the way it is meant to be run. SanFran is terrible on paper, & in a year where they'll be adapting to a brand new offense, they'd better find a starting caliber RT to keep Kaep upright.
Teams worry about Stanley's strength, but he has good speed for his size, quick feet & he's very athletic. Combine that with his experience blocking for mobile QB's, and he's a good fit to block for Kelly's offense.
Maybe the biggest losers of all after the draft trade frenzy. San Francisco misses out on one of the two quarterback prospects. However, Myles Jack makes for a fantastic consolation prize if I ever saw one. Maybe the most freakishly athletic prospect not named Jalen Ramsey (can you tell I love me some Jalen Ramsey yet?) in this entire class. He did not get to test at the combine or run in his pro day (though he apparently could have if he so desired) due to a meniscus injury in college, but just from watching his tape this kid is EVERYWHERE. He’s got prototypical size and athleticism for this current version of the NFL and can realistically play ILB, OLB as well as some safety. Plug him in anywhere and just let him wreak havoc. This looks like a potential trade down spot as well as the 49ers might be disappointed in not getting their QB and look to get more picks and potentially even draft Paxton Lynch with a later pick.
The biggest losers of the Rams-TItans trade is the 49ers. They were trying to put themselves in a position to land either Wentz of Goff but looks like they are going to settle for Lynch. Which isn't a bad settle but it is a little high for him to go but like I said earlier that Rams trade has created a huge run on QBs.
Scouting report: Very tall, athletic body with ability to scan over the top. Elite foot quickness for a tall quarterback. Can maneuver quickly out of a busy pocket and away from trouble, but desires to keep passing option alive. Sets up in the pocket quickly and generally keeps feet "throw ready". More functional scrambler than "tuck and run" quarterback. Sacked just 15 times over 477 drop backs. Able to win with his feet when he needs to. Has a quick release to overcome his slight wind-up. Has enough arm to drive the ball into restricted windows. Has enough arm to attack downfield while on the move. Makes good decisions. Rarely takes the cheese when cornerbacks try and bait him. Displays qualities of a field leader and isn't easy to rattle. Yards per attempt have exploded over his last two years. Can gain chunk yards as zone-read quarterback and will appeal to boot-action teams. Will be challenging to defend in the red area. Took better care of the football cutting turnovers down from 16 last season to just four this year. Completed 54.6 percent on intermediate throws (1120) and 44.9 percent on deep balls (21-plus yards) including 19 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
Other possibilities: DeForest Buckner DE, Joey Bosa DE, Josh Doctson WR
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Rd. 1, Pk. 7
DeForest Buckner, DE/3-4DE
In the two hours in which I changed my third pick to Ronnie Stanley, I wrote that one team that won because of San Diego's stupidity was the 49ers, because it allowed DeForest Buckner to fall into their laps. Excluding Tunsil, who is now scaring teams off because of some random picture, Buckner was the best player available. He also fills a huge need. The 49ers needed help on the defensive line to replace Justin Smith and Ray McDonald. They now have that with Buckner and his Oregon teammate Arik Armstead.
Speaking of Oregon, it's nice that Buckner has familiarity with Chip Kelly. I think it always helps when a prospect or free agent goes to a team where he's comfortable with the scheme and coaching, and that's the case here.
Rd. 1, Pk. 28
Joshua Garnett, G
Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford MILLEN SMOKES KIELBASA ON TWITTER Grade
A Millen grade! The 2016 NFL Draft is complete!
Wow. Taking Joshua Garnett here at No. 28 would've been bad enough, but to move into the first round to grab him is borderline insane. I don't know if Garnett was the only person who accepted an invite to Trent Baalke's birthday party or not, but that's no reason to select a third-round prospect at this juncture. Moving up for Myles Jack would've made a ton of sense, and quite frankly, it would've been one of the best picks in the first round. Getting Garnett here after a trade, on the other hand, is absolutely ridiculous. Almost as ridiculous as posting a picture of someone smoking a kielbasa on Twitter.