2023 49ers Mock Draft, 1.0

The NFL draft is just a little over two weeks away. The 49ers may not have a pick until No. 99 overall, but that doesn’t make them any less intriguing.

San Francisco enters the draft with one of the deepest rosters in the league, yet they have a few areas to strengthen with their 11 selections.

Here is my first 49ers mock draft of 2023.

Round 3, No. 99 – Jammie Robinson, Safety, Florida State

Robinson gives the 49ers a safety of the future. Robinson is a tremendous tackler who can line up deep, down in the box, or in the slot.

Round 3, No. 101 – Wanya Morris, Tackle, Oklahoma

Morris has the movement skills Shanahan looks for and has greatly improved in pass protection during his collegiate career. He will provide stiff competition at right tackle for Colton McKivitz.

Round 3, No. 102 – Tre’vius Hodges-Tomlinson, Cornerback, TCU

Despite being one of the shortest corners in the draft, the 5’8” Hodges-Tomlinson broke up 28 passes and intercepted five others over the last three seasons.

Round 5, No. 155 – Viliami Fehoko, EDGE, San Jose State

Fehoko is a cousin of Tampa Bay defensive tackle Vita Vea. The Spartan is a powerful rusher who finished 2022 with 66 total pressures. He recorded 26 sacks over the last three seasons.

Round 5, No. 164 – Kobi Turner, DT, Wake Forest

San Francisco is stacked along the defensive line but the value here is too good to pass up.

Turner was terrific against the run while also showing the ability to generate pressure on the pass rush. He generated 27 hurries last season to go along with three sacks and four passes batted down.

Round 5, No. 173 – Marte Mapu, S/LB, Sacramento State

Mapu played safety for the Hornets but projects as a linebacker in the NFL making him San Francisco’s “type.” Fred Warner and Demetrius Flanigan- Fowles both played safety in college before transitioning to linebacker for the 49ers.

Round 6, No. 216 – Cameron Latu, TE, Alabama

Latu is a bit of a project as a blocker, but his strong hands and ability to run through tackles could be an upgrade over Charlie Woerner.

Round 7, No 222 – Jake Bobo, WR, UCLA

This is a potential replacement for Jauan Jennings who is playing on a one-year deal.

At 6’5”, Bobo’s size and large catch radius can be a matchup problem for defensive backs. He isn’t afraid to go over the middle and is a solid blocker in the run game.

Round 7, No 247 – Jacob Slade, DT, Michigan State

Slade led all Big Ten interior defenders in pressures during the 2021 season and declared for the NFL draft before deciding to return to school.

In 2022, Slade was limited to just eight games due to injury.

Round 7, No. 253 – Kahlef Hailassie, Cornerback, Western Kentucky

Hailassie began his collegiate career at Oregon before transferring to Western Kentucky.

In two seasons with the Hilltoppers, Hailassie recorded four interceptions, a pair of forced fumbles, and 12 tackles for loss.

During his pro day workout the cornerback showed off his change of direction by posting some of the quickest numbers of any defensive back in the shuttle and three-cone drill.

Round 7, No. 255 – Max Duggan, Quarterback, TCU

Considering all the questions they’ve had at quarterback, taking a swing late on Duggan makes a lot of sense for the 49ers.

Duggan is coming off a season which saw him win the Davey O’Brien Award, given to the best college quarterback. He was also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and led TCU to a berth in the championship game with a win over former 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan squad.

This article has 24 Comments

  1. Thanks, Jack.
    That’s a strong 1.0 mock draft haul.
    I especially like the two regional guys, Fehoko and Mapu.
    These two players are very active and physical.

    The Duggan pick would be a nice piece as well. Jammie Robinson is a ball’r and would be a very good fit for the 49ers.
    You seem satisfied with the current OL situation?
    This is a good mock, and it makes a strong case for keeping all 11 picks.

    1. AES, I agree. I like this mock, especially the two local boys.

      What I don’t like is Max Duggan. Another weak arm mediocre QB with poor athletic traits is not what this team needs. I think some of you may remember a poster on here named ninermd who used to be active here. When we woke up this morning, he told me Duggan would be a great late round pick. We don’t normally disagree on players especially QB’s. But the last thing I want to see is a depth piece that adds nothing to the QB room.

      1. Bay,
        Yes, I do remember MD, he’s part of the original crew here. He’s dropped in on a few occasions since Hammer came in and took the “Inside the 49ers Blog” out of mothballs.

        I think that the 49ers may have seen something in Duggan that reminds them of Purdy.
        Of course, it’s all speculation at this point.

        1. MD and I are together. All thanks to this blog actually. We both left when Colin got released. I’m back…..for now anyway. Lets see how long it takes for the Yorks to piss me off again LOL.

          If Duggan reminds them of Purdy, that is a problem. Purdy will be exposed if he is forced to start for any significant period of time. He is a good backup but should NOT be the long term answer.

          1. Bay,
            I think in the 7th round a team is looking for a good backup QB. As we saw in the NFCCG they can be quite valuable.

  2. I love Hodges-Tomlinson but I would rather see that pick be an Edge rusher. If Zach Harrison lasts to the 9ers picks I would love him at that spot. As much as I like Hodges-Tomlison I don’t thin CB is a top 3 need. Even if they get Harrison I would still pick Fehoko in the 5th round. I bet the 9ers double up at Edge. I like Mapu, he will probably start out on the P.S. or special teams but I could see him starting within 3 years. I like Slade if he can return to his 21 level he could become a 3rd down inside rush specialist. Lastly I really like Duggan he Like Purdy last year really should be drafted sooner than the 7th round.

  3. I like your Bobo and Duggan pick but think they’ll be long gone where you place them
    Not wild about another short CB (think Bobo…)

  4. Time to start a new poll, Jack. “Current” one started 3 1/2 years ago! A poll a week should be the norm. Start with a poll rating your first mock draft — A, B,C,D, F — and move on from there. Polls are fun and entertaining. Need more of them on this blog.

  5. 9ERS 2023 DRAFT:
    3Rd Rd:
    #99) EDGE: Zack Harrison, Ohio St
    #101) CB: Darius Rush, S. Carolina
    #102) OT: Wanya Morris, Oklahoma

    5Th Rd:
    #155) TE: Zack Kuntz, Old Dominion
    #164) RB: Keaton Mitchell, East Carolina
    #173) QB: Clayton Tune, Houston

    6Th Rd:
    #216) LB Jeremy Banks, Tennessee

    7Th Rd:
    #222) S: Keidron Smith, Kentucky
    #247) DT Jacob Slade, Michigan State
    #253) EDGE: Ali Gaye, LSU
    #255) LB: Noah Taylor, N. Carolina

    1. GEEP,
      Good mock. Harrison, Kuntz, Mitchell and Tune are players who could make their mark in year two. But could see the field as rookies.

      Like how you, Coach and Jack have stayed put with all 11 picks.

  6. Very nice mock. Handles all of the position needs the Niners have and gets some potential future starters in Robinson, Hodges-Tomlinson, Morris, and Mapu. Well done.

  7. Maiocco is also staying pat with all 11 picks. You guy’s are in good company.

    He has kicker Moody, Michigan going in rd 4. I’m not completely sold on the 49ers recent FA kicker Gonzalez, so “Money” Moody could contend for the SPT starter.

    1. AES
      Every year there are kickers who aren’t drafted and wind up being just as i(f not more) productive than the 1 or 2 kickers who are selected within the first seven rounds. (according to Mock Draft Database).
      N.C. State kicker Christopher Dunn, Michigan’s Jake Moody, Syracuse’s Andre Szmyt, Missouri’s Harrison Mevis and Ohio St. Noah Ruggles, all are listed as 7th round draft picks. Also, Gould is still unsigned, so I don’t see the 9ers drafting a kicker before the 7th round and likely drafting one as a priority UDFA.
      If you were drafting, who would you draft and what Rd?

      1. GEEP,
        I hear you. CBS Sports (unofficial, like all the others) draft list has K, Christopher Dunn 28 picks ahead of Jake Moody.
        My only concern with Dunn is his smallish stature. He’s listed as 5’8″ just below 180 lbs. While Moody is listed as 6’1″ 200 lbs. Of course, it’s all speculation which way the 49ers go re a kicker.
        We’ll know when we know.

  8. The 49ers are holding a workout for 36 players today.
    There are regional and out of state players working out.

    I’m somewhat surprised that one of the players today is Isaiah Foskey, who many draftniks see as a late 2nd – early 3rd pick. Could the 49ers interest in Foskey be perceived as a possible move-up to draft him before their first pick at 99?

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