If the 49ers do not trade Colin Kaepernick – and it’s beginning to look like they won’t – here are the draft picks I expect they will make.
Round 1: The 49ers trade pick No. 7 to the New York Jets for pick Nos. 20 and 51, plus the Jets’ second-rounder in 2017.
Round 1, pick No. 20 (from the Jets). Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson.
The best man-to-man cover corner in the draft. Alexander gave up only 19 catches and zero touchdowns last season, according to Pro Football Focus. He will start immediately at right cornerback opposite Tramaine Brock.
Round 2, pick No. 37. Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State.
One of the best run-blockers in the draft. Decker played in a college offense that is similar to Chip Kelly’s, and will start immediately at right tackle for the 49ers.
Round 2, pick No. 51 (from the Jets). Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA.
Trent Baalke seems to spend a second-round pick on a running back every other year (LaMichael James in 2012, Carlos Hyde in 2014). Perkins played in a spread offense in college, and is the most elusive back in the draft, according to Pro Football Focus.
Round 3, pick No. 68. Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB, West Virginia.
Six-foot-two inside linebacker who recorded 295 tackles and six interceptions in college, and recently ran a 4.65 at his Pro Day.
Round 4, pick No. 105. Yannick Ngakoue, OLB, Maryland.
One of the NCAA’s most productive pass-rushers last season. Recorded 13 sacks, 10 quarterback hits and 34 hurries, according to Pro Football Focus. Also gave first-round prospect Jack Conklin all he could handle.
Round 4, pick No. 133. Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia.
Deep threat with long arms who recently ran a 4.4 his Pro Day.
Round 5, pick No. 142. Kevin Byard, FS, Middle Tennessee State.
Small-school free safety who picked off 19 passes in college.
Round 5, pick No. 145. Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern.
One of the best bull-rushers in the draft, according to Pro Football Focus.
Round 5, pick No. 174. Graham Glasgow, G/C, Michigan.
Six-foot-six guard who also can play center and fits a zone-blocking scheme.
Round 6, pick No. 178. Stephen Anderson, TE, Cal.
H-back who caught 101 passes in college and recently ran a 4.58 at his Pro Day.
Round 6, pick No. 207. Dadi Nicolas, OLB, Virginia Tech.
Speed-rusher who recorded three sacks, 10 quarterback hits and 35 hurries last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Round 6, pick No. 211. Marquez North, WR, Tennessee.
Big split end who recently ran a 4.42 at his Pro Day.
Round 6, pick No. 213. Jake Coker, QB, Alabama.
One-year starter who won the National Championship last season, recorded an accuracy percentage of 77.6 overall (fourth-best in the draft), 46.8 on passes that traveled more than 20 yards downfield, and 62.0 under pressure while throwing nine touchdown passes (only Jared Goff and Matt Johnson threw more TD passes under pressure), according to Pro Football Focus. Coker also ran for 5.8 yards per carry on three carries per game. He’s 236 pounds.