These are the draft choices I think the 49ers will make if they trade Colin Kaepernick to the Broncos for a mid-round pick.
Round 1, pick No. 7: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis.
A mobile quarterback who has the size (245 lbs) and durability (38-straight starts) to run the zone-read in the NFL. Lynch has a hose, like Colin Kaepernick. But unlike Kaepernick, Lynch has natural accuracy. Meaning he can power throws into tiny downfield windows without his feet set, similar to Cam Newton. Last season, Lynch completed 48.2 percent of his downfield passes, and 66.8 percent of his passes overall.
Round 2, pick No. 37: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama.
A 247-pounder who will split time Carlos Hyde, the 49ers’ injury-prone starter. Hyde and Henry will become the 49ers’ version of Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert – the Carolina Panthers’ powerful running-back duo.
Round 3, pick No. 68: Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers.
A deep threat who may have the best hands in the draft. Similar to Josh Huff, whom Chip Kelly drafted in the third round in 2014.
Round 3, pick No. 94 (FROM DENVER IN EXCHANGE FOR COLIN KAEPERNICK): Yannick Ngakoue, OLB, Maryland.
A weak-side edge-rusher who will complement Aaron Lynch on the strong side of the Niners defense. Ngakoue recorded 13 sacks as a junior last season.
Round 4, pick No. 105. James Bradberry, CB, Samford.
A big cornerback similar to Sean Smith, the 49ers’ top free-agent target this offseason.
Round 4, pick No. 133: Beniquez Brown, ILB, Mississippi State.
An athletic inside linebacker who weighed 236 pounds and ran 4.67 in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day.
Round 5, pick No. 142: Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas.
A nose tackle who can stop the run and rush the quarterback.
Round 5, pick No. 145: Tyvis Powell, FS, Ohio State.
A free safety who has the speed to cover the deep middle of the field by himself.
Round 5, pick No. 174: Stephen Anderson, TE, Cal.
A move tight end who ran a 4.58 at his Pro Day.
Round 6, pick No. 178: Dadi Nicolas, OLB, Virginia Tech.
An explosive pass-rusher who can play outside linebacker or inside linebacker.
Round 6, pick No. 207: Marquez North, WR, Tennessee.
A 220-pound split end who ran a 4.42 40 at his Pro Day.
Round 6, pick No. 211: Rees Odhiambo, OG, Boise State.
A guard who moves well and fits the 49ers’ zone-blocking scheme.
Round 6, pick No. 213: Caleb Benenoch, OT, UCLA.
A tackle who runs a 4.98 and fits the 49ers’ zone-blocking scheme.