I recently published a new page called NFL Disaster Ratings where I discuss how dire each injury, retirement and suspension is for each team. I included Anthony Davis as one of the write-ups. The right tackle surprisingly retired, so he'll need to be replaced.
Rd. 2, Pk. 5
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Vernon Davis won't be on the 49ers much longer, and former second-rounder Vance McDonald hasn't shown any signs that he's worthy of taking over as the starter.
The 49ers have lost so much talent at the linebacker position. Here is an impact player to help make up for the losses.
Jack racked up 87 tackles with eight tackles for a loss, seven passes broken up, one interception and one forced fumble in 2014. His natural pass-coverage skills are extremely impressive. NFL evaluators are going to love what Jack can do in the passing game.
While only a freshman starter in 2013, Jack became a superstar who was named the Pac-12's Offensive AND Defensive Freshman of the Year. On the defensive side of the ball, he recorded 75 tackles with 11 passes broken up and two interceptions. His pass-coverage skills for a freshman were outstanding. Jack ran for 267 yards on 38 carries (7.0 average) with seven touchdowns, too. Don't be surprised if the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder improves annually with his huge upside.
Pick change; previously Ronnie Stanley, OT
Rd. 2, Pk. 6
Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
It won't be long before San Francisco moves on from Vernon Davis, while their other tight ends have yet to break out.
The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Henry is a well-rounded tight end who produced well in 2014. He was a good blocker for the Razorbacks' ground game while contributing 37 receptions for 513 yards and two scores. Henry had 28 receptions for 409 yards and four scores as a freshman.