San Francisco 49ers Mock Draft for 2021
The San Francisco 49ers experienced insane change for a team that made it to the Super Bowl in 2020.
Kyle Shanahan is still roaming the sidelines and GM John Lynch is still building this team in his vision, though, so it appears the Niners are in good hands.
Content, they are not. San Francisco has made the bold move to trade up to the third spot in the 2021 NFL Draft, and it certainly looks like they’ll be aggressive in their plight to try to get back to the promised land.
Here is an example of a potential path for them to take in a San Francisco 490ers mock draft for 2021.
Round 1 (Pick 3) – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Jimmy Garoppolo was a fine try for the 49ers and he did enough to get San Francisco to the big game. However, he’s shown his ceiling, and it probably won’t get the Niners where they want to go.
Jimmy G isn’t long for the Bay Area, and the Niners didn’t trade up to the third overall pick to take anyone but a franchise passer.
The Mac Jones hype is overstated. Unless someone else shocks by swiping Justin Fields off the board, he has to be the pick here.
Fields is quite arguably the most tantalizing quarterback prospect in this entire draft class, as he offers the combination of size, arm strength, and elite athleticism that GMs have grown to covet.
In a league dominated by mobile studs like Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson, Fields could be the next in a growing line of dynamic passers.
San Francisco can buy him time with Jimmy G riding things out for one more year, or Fields can come in and try to deliver a title right away.
Round 2 (Pick 43) – Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse
Caleb Farley and Asante Samuel Jr. are probably gone at this point, but if they’re there, feel free to cast your vote for either one.
The point here is the 49ers need some help at cornerback.
Their pass defense was one of their major strengths two seasons ago, but the wryly Richard Sherman is gone, and guys like Jason Verett and K’Waun Williams could leave next off-season.
San Francisco should patch up the secondary in the interim, but keep an eye on the future, as well.
Adding someone like Melifonwu does that. The Syracuse product has the size, length, and athleticism that the 49ers love, and he has loads of untapped potential.
The nice thing is he’s also highly versatile, so extra need at safety could potentially be addressed via Melifonwu.
Round 3 (Pick 102) – Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
Trent Williams is here for the long haul, but Joe Staley retired last off-season, and Daniel Brunskill is only back on a one-year deal.
The Niners know full well that being strong up front on both sides of the ball is how to build a winning foundation, and they’ll also want to make sure Fields gets long-term protection.
Insert Eichenberg, who is a tower of a man who kept Fighting Irish passers clean the past two seasons at Notre Dame.
Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg didn’t allow a single sack over the last two seasons— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 12, 2021
Some differ on his exact draft range, but if the Niners can snag the talented tackle in round three or four, few will scoff.
Predicting the 49ers’ Day Three Picks
- Round 4, Pick 117 – Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
- Round 5, Pick 155 – Jamien Sherwood, S, Auburn
- Round 5, Pick 172 – Damonte Coxie, WR, Memphis
- Round 5, Pick 180 – Patrick Johnson, EDGE, Tulane
- Round 6, Pick 193 – Kylen Granson, TE, SMU
- Round 7, Pick 229 – Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas
The rich get richer when the Niners nab Chuba Hubbard in round four. The Oklahoma State product is a bit of a forgotten man due to an ankle injury that shortened his final season of college ball.
If you recall, the speedy back racked up 2,094 rushing yards in 2019, along with 21 rushing scores.
A dominant runner with good vision, patience, and explosiveness, Hubbard is a nice value on day three of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Yes, the 49ers have a slew of viable backs, but Hubbard may arguably instantly be their most talented rusher. That, and the guys San Francisco have are constantly injured.
Hubbard is a nice insurance policy and the long-term answer, while Damonte Coxie feels like another steal one round later.
The Memphis product played just two games this past season, but he was quite the playmaker in his previous two seasons.
The size and athleticism he brings to the table would round out an already explosive passing game.
Guys like Samien Sherwood and Patrick Johnson provide solid depth for the defense, as well.
Johnson is an interesting add, as he helps ease the return of Nick Bosa (knee), while Kylen Granson could be a future second option next to George Kittle.
Jordan Reed has to be on his way out of the league, and Granson is the perfect complementary “move” tight end that could fit beautifully with Kittle.
Lastly, the sliding Ehlinger feels like a nice gadget player that could double as the long-term backup behind Justin Fields.
Adding an athletic bench quarterback behind Fields makes sense, plus the Niners will inevitably part ways with Jimmy G. Ehlinger doesn’t profile as a perfect passer, but his athleticism and toughness could give the Niners a Taysom Hill-type offensive weapon.
San Francisco 49ers’ 2021 Team Mock Summary
I’m sure I missed a couple of needs in my 49ers mock draft, but I think I addressed the major issues. Obviously, the 49ers traded up to get a future quarterback they believe in.
I think it will be (or at least should be) Fields, and after that, they need to just keep plugging holes and think about how things could unfold in another year.
The offensive line looks good, but it still could use another body. The same goes for the secondary, and the pass rush. The argument is the same at running back, receiver, and tight end.
But more than just filling needs, I love these players as guys that fit the mold of 49ers players that John Lynch and co. are drawn to.
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