Two weeks ago I posted my first mock draft of the year. If you missed it, here it is:
Round 1: Shaq Lawson, OLB, Clemson
Round 2: Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
Round 3: Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri
Round 4: Paul McRoberts, WR, Southeast Missouri State
Round 4: Vernon Adams, QB, Oregon
Round 5: Keanu Neal, FS, Florida
Round 5: James Cowser, OLB, Southern Utah
Round 5: Evan Boehm, C, Missouri
When I posted this mock, some readers argued Lawson would be a reach at No. 7 in the first round. Rob Rang of CBS disagrees with those readers. On Thursday, Rang ranked Lawson the fifth-best prospect in the entire draft.
Here’s what Rang wrote about Lawson: “Battling through a knee injury, Lawson teamed with fellow Tigers defensive end Kevin Dodd to record five sacks (three from Dodd) in the national championship game. Quick off the ball, powerful and tenacious, he’s a threat on every snap, leading the country with 25.5 tackles for loss this season. Better yet, with only one starting season under his belt, Lawson may only be scratching the surface of his potential.”
Below is a video of Lawson playing Alabama in the national championship game. Lawson is No. 90.
Are you sold on Lawson? If not, which player do you think the 49ers should draft in Round 1 this year?