Another year is in the books, and springtime is upon us. It’s time to bridge the gap between college hopeful and pro-ready rookie. For a team owner it’s an opportunity to get better, but for the NFL prospect it’s the best day of their life. There’s a new regime in place for the 49ers. With less than a week to go, let’s talk mock draft for San Francisco.
The NFL Draft is an exciting time for two reasons.
For starters, football is officially back. There are no games to be played yet, but with the selection of some rookie hopefuls your teams roster will begin to take shape.
For the next two weeks at least analysts will heavily weigh each pick, giving you some insight on just how much better or worse your team will actually be.
Secondly, everything resets itself. Even if your team came in dead last one season ago, you all officially have the same record.
That’s the beauty of another season.
It’s anyone’s ball game, and with a little help through the draft you may even find your team on the same level as the defending Super Bowl champions.
The higher your team picks the more entertaining the draft will be. Who will they select? Will they make a trade? And more importantly, will they trade back into Round 1 once they’ve already made a selection?
In less than a week all these questions will be answered. So strap yourself in, hold on tight and get ready to be excited. It’s time for the NFL draft.
And let’s mock out the Niners picks in 2017.
Round 1, Pick No. 2
Twelve years ago, when the 49ers had a pick this high in the draft they were in the same boat as they are now. They were staring down the barrel of a rebuild, and they were searching for their quarterback of the future.
The difference between now and then is that they won’t be burning their high pick on a quarterback. After months of speculation that the pick could be Reuben Foster, a few other names have come into play. Solomon Thomas, Mike Williams and, more often than not, Malik Hooker.
While it’s true the 49ers need to bolster their pass rush, recent talks have been the possible selection of a free safety. Although the edge position still needs to be addressed, their newly changed 4-3 defensive scheme can not work without a true free safety.