The first wave of free agency is over. Now, we have a clear picture of the holes the 49ers need to fill in the upcoming draft, and the players who can fill them.
Here are the players the 49ers will draft.
Round 1, Pick 9: TRADE. To the Green Bay Packers, in exchange for pick Nos. 14, 76 and 133.
Round 1, Pick 14: Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia. And if he’s not available, the Niners will take Will Hernandez, G, UTEP. They need a quality guard who can match up with Aaron Donald next season. They don’t have that guard yet.
Round 2, Pick 59: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU. Sutton meets all the baseline physical requirements of a possession receiver in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. NFLDraftScout.com currently ranks Sutton as the 52nd-best prospect in the draft, and NFL.com ranks him as the 60th-best prospect.
Round 3, Pick 70: Uchenna Nwosu, SAM, USC. Nwosu was the second-best defensive player in the Pac 12 last season behind Washington NT Vita Vea. Nwosu recorded 9.5 sacks, 13 pass breakups, an interception and a fumble recovery. He’s a speed rusher who can dip underneath the hands of offensive tackles, and drop into coverage, too.
Round 3, Pick 74: Holton Hill, CB, Texas. The 49ers wouldn’t have to make this pick if they had Aqib Talib. But, they don’t have him. They have Richard Sherman, who’s coming off two Achilles procedures since November. The Niners must draft a corner who can start and play well for 16 games in case Sherman can’t. And Hill is one of the few corners in this draft who can start for the 49ers as a rookie. He meets all their baseline physical requirements. But, he has off-field issues. Texas suspended him three times for failing drug tests. Drafting Hill is a risky move for the 49ers, who have made lots of risky moves recently. Hill will drop to the third round, just as Tyrann Mathieu dropped to pick No. 69 in 2013 after failing drug tests at LSU.
Round 3, Pick 76 (from GB): Shaquem Griffn, WILL, UCF. The heir apparent to Malcolm Smith, who turns 29 in July and couldn’t make it out through training camp last season. He tore a pectoral muscle. Griffin also can fill in for Reuben Foster at middle linebacker for a few games if Foster gets injured or suspended. Griffin is only two pounds lighter than Foster.
Round 4, Pick 128: Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky. A small-school quarterback prospect who can develop into a quality starter. White arguably was the best quarterback during the Senior Bowl.
Round 4, pick 133 (from GB): Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU. An athletic offensive tackle who fits Kyle Shanahan’s outside-zone-blocking scheme.
Round 5, Pick 143: Hercules Mata’Afa, LEO, Washington St. The third-best defensive player in the Pac 12 last season after Vea and Nwosu. Mata’Afa played 3-technique defensive tackle, but will move to defensive end in the NFL. He is physically similar to Yannick Ngakoue, who was Robert Saleh’s Leo in Jacksonville.
Round 6, Pick 184: Brandon Facyson, CB, Virginia Tech. Another cornerback who fits the 49ers defensive scheme. Facyson is slightly slower than Hill, the 49ers third-round pick.
Round 7, Pick 228: Skyler Phillips, G/C, Idaho St. An athletic offensive lineman who fits the 49ers scheme.
Round 7, Pick 240: Ryan Nall, RB, Oregon St. A big running back who can run between the tackles, catch passes and play special teams.