Here are the players I think the 49ers will draft based on the moves they’ve made so far during free agency.
TRADE: The 49ers will send pick No. 2 to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for pick Nos. 12, 33 and a second-rounder in 2018.
Round 1, pick No. 12: John Ross, WR, Washington. My favorite player in the draft. Ross can play any wide-receiver position, but when he lines up in the slot of a twins set he forces the opposing team to change its entire defensive structure because he’s so fast and safeties can’t cover him.
Round 2, pick No. 33: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt. My favorite defensive player in the draft. Cunningham is a true three-down linebacker who is athletic and tall enough (6’4″) to cover tight ends that are displaced from the offensive formation.
Round 2, pick No. 34: Obi Melifonwu, SS, UCONN. Another 6’4″ defender who can cover tight ends. Melifonwu is a rare athlete who runs a 4.40 40-yard dash and weighs 224 lbs.
Round 3, pick No. 66: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida. A 6’0″ cornerback who excels in press coverage, which the 49ers will feature under defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.
Round 4, pick No. 109: Joe Williams, RB, Utah. My favorite running back in the draft. Williams averaged 7.1 yards per carry the final seven games of 2016. He is a phenom.
Round 4, pick No. 143: Eddie Vanderdoes, NT, UCLA. A nose tackle who’s strong, quick and agile. Vanderdoes is similar to Grady Jarrett, the starting nose tackle for the Falcons — Kyle Shanahan’s previous team.
Round 5, pick No. 146: Josh Carraway, DE, TCU. A situational pass-rusher who struggles defending the run.
Round 5, pick No. 161: Jonnu Smith, TE, FIU. A move tight end who has the speed (4.62 40-yard dash) and agility (4.18 20-yard shuttle) Shanahan wants at this position.
Round 6, pick No. 186: Aviante Collins, OG, TCU. A guard who has the speed and agility to play in Shanahan’s outside-zone running scheme.
Round 6, pick No. 202: Corey Levin, OG, Chattanooga. What I wrote about Collins.
Round 7, pick No. 219: C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa. A strong-armed quarterback with a quick release who comes from a pro-style offense.