49ers 2023 Draft Live Blog

Welcome to day two of the 2023 NFL Draft. After making no picks on day one, the 49ers enter day two with picks 99. 101 and 102.

I will provide updates and analysis throughout the evening.

4:20 According to NFL Insider Field Yates, the 49ers have restructured the contract of running back Christian McCaffrey. The move free’s up $8.576 million in salary cap space for the 49ers.

Restructuring McCaffrey was a move which had been expected. The money saved could cover the cost of trading Trey Lance prior to June 1, or the addition of another veteran.

4:25 Prior to the start of round two, Peter Schrager of NFL Network reported the 49ers were working the phones trying to trade up. Top positions of need include tight end, safety and offensive line.

4:30 NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the 49ers have picked up the fifth-year option of Brandon Aiyuk. This keeps Aiyuk under 49ers control through 2024 at $14.124 million fully guaranteed. John Lynch had mentioned this was the plan during the NFL scouting combine and earlier this week stated he expected it to be done shortly after the draft. Instead he got it done early.

I would not be shocked to see Aiyuk moved following this season. The 49ers exercised the fifth-year option for DeForest Buckner prior to the 2019 season, then traded him to Indianapolis after the Super Bowl.

7:30 The 49ers trade up with the Minnesota Vikings and select Penn State safety  Ji’Ayir Brown. This is a good pick for the future.

Brown is a versatile safety who has recorded ten interceptions over the last two seasons in Happy Valley.

He’s shown the ability to line up deep or down in the box. His skills as a blitzer would be put to good use by new 49ers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.

The 49ers met with Brown at the combine and had him in Santa Clara for a Top 30 visit.

8:25 San Francisco has its replacement for Robbie Gould. With pick 99, the 49ers selected Michigan kicker, Jake Moody.

Moody won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker in 2021. He followed that up last year by hitting all 60 extra point attempts and an FBS-best 29 field goals from his 35 attempts.

One question on Moody is his ability to hit from long range. Although he converted from 60 yards out in the college football playoffs, Moody hit just three of seven attempts from 50 plus last year.

8:30 Adding a tight end was a need for the 49ers in this draft. They get their guy, Cameron Latu with pick 101.

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.

9;00 Day two of the 2023 NFL draft was almost all about the future for San Francisco. The 49ers are set across the board with 19 of their 22 starters returning from last season.

San Francisco hopes Moody can be a long term solution who is cost controlled. In Brown the 49ers get a player they can develop behind Tashaun Gipson to play alongside Talanoa Hufanga on the back end of their secondary.

Latu was a bit of a reach, but with their next pick not coming until 155 the 49ers didn’t took a player they liked a bit early to make sure they didn’t lose him.

Offseason moves. 

Below is the updated 49ers free agency tracker and depth chart. These will continue to be updated as moves are made, and contracts become official so check in daily.


DT Javon Hargrave (Eagles: Four years, $84 million, $40 million guaranteed at signing)

QB Sam Darnold (Panthers: One-year, $4.5 million. Potential for up to $11.5 million with incentives)

DL Clelin Ferrell (Raiders: One-year, $2.5 million, $1.82 million guaranteed at signing)

DB Isaiah Oliver (Falcons: Two years, $6.65 million, $2.91 guaranteed at signing)

DB Myles Hartsfield (Panthers: One year, $1.01 million)

OL Jon Feliciano (Giants: One year, $2.25 million, contract is fully guaranteed)

DE Austin Bryant (Lions: One year, $1.105 million)

K Zane Gonzalez (Panthers: Trade, conditional 2025 draft pick)

OL Matt Pryor (Colts: one year, terms not disclosed)


DL Kerry Hyder (Terms not disclosed)

TE Ross Dwelley (One-year, $1.7 million)

LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (One-year, $1.835 million, $1.25 million fully guaranteed)

DL T.Y. McGill (One-year, $1.165 million)

Jake Brendel (Four years, $8 million guaranteed, max value of $20 million)

S Tashaun Gipson (One-year, $2.9 million)

OL Colton McKivitz (Two years, $4.56 million, $2.87 million guaranteed, $1.87 million guaranteed at signing)

DL Kevin Givens (One-year, $2 million, fully guaranteed)

LS Taybor Pepper (Three years, $3.96 million, $1.5 million fully guaranteed)


QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Raiders: Three years, $72.75 million, $33.75 guaranteed at signing)

OT Mike McGlinchey (Broncos: Five-years, $87.5 million, $17.5 million signing bonus, $52.5 million guaranteed)

DT Hassan Ridgeway (Texans: One-year, up to $4 million, $3 million guaranteed at signing)

FS Jimmie Ward (Texans: Two years, $13 million, $8.5 million fully guaranteed at signing)

CB Emmanuel Moseley (Lions: One-year, $6 million)

LB Azeez Al-Shaair (Titans: One year, worth up to $6 million, $4.25 million guaranteed)

DE Samson Ebukam (Colts: Three years, $24 million with $10.755 guaranteed)

OL Daniel Brunskill (Titans: Two years, $5.5 million with $1.5 million guaranteed)

DE Charles Omenihu (Chiefs: Two years, $20 million, $8.6 million guaranteed)

S Tarvarius Moore (Packers: one year, $1.13 million)

DT Maurice Hurst (Browns: one year, $1.08 million)

DE Jordan Willis (Raiders: one year, $1,156,250)

Pending Free Agents

K Robbie Gould

DE Kerry Hyder

TE Tyler Kroft

QB Josh Johnson

CB Jason Verrett

Depth Chart

Here is how I see the 49ers depth chart at this time. I will update this throughout the offseason and training camp. Players with new contracts will be in bold.

Offense Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4
Quarterback Brock Purdy Trey Lance Sam Darnold
Running Back Christian McCaffrey Elijah Mitchell Jordan Mason Ty Davis-Price
Fullback Kyle Juszczyk
LWR Brandon Aiyuk Danny Gray
RWR Deebo Samuel Jauan Jennings Ray-Ray McCloud
TE George Kittle Charlie Woerner Ross Dwelley
Left Tackle Trent Williams Jaylon Moore
Left Guard Aaron Banks
Center Jake Brendel Nick Zakelj
Right Guard Spencer Burford Jon Feliciano
Right Tackle Colton McKivitz Matt Pryor


Defense Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
LDE Drake Jackson Clelin Ferrell Kerry Hyder
LDT Javon Hargrave Javon Kinlaw T.Y. McGill
RDT Arik Armstead Kevin Givens Kalia Davis
RDE Nick Bosa Austin Bryant
WLB Dre Greenlaw Oren Burks
MLB Fred Warner Marcelino McCray-Ball
SLB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles
LCB Deommodore Lenoir Ambry Thomas
SS Talanoa Hufanga Myles Hartsfield
FS Tashaun Gipson George Odum
RCB Charvarius Ward
NB Isaiah Oliver Samuel Womack


Special Teams Player 1
Kicker Zane Gonzalez
Punter Mitch Wishnowsky
Long Snapper  


Taybor Pepper



Alfredo Gutierrez (OL) Curtis Robinson (LB) Alex Barrett (DE) Jason Poe (OL) A.J. Parker (CB)
Qwuantrezz Knight (DB) Tayler Hawkins (S) Keith Ismael (OC) Leroy Watson (OL) Tay Martin (WR)
Dazz Newsome (WR) Tyron Johnson (WR) Tre Swilling (CB)

This article has 50 Comments

      1. They didn’t need saving. They had stated they weren’t interested in trading Trey at this time.

  1. If they move up it will probably be to a better spot in the 3rd round. I think moving into the 2nd round will cost too much.

  2. I believe that most of my 3rd round mocks are still available Zach Harrison, Yaya Diaby Blake Freeland, Tucker Kraft, Andre Carter, JL Skinner lets see if I get lucky and hit on one or two.

  3. Brown sounds a lot like Hufanga. He lacks top end speed. I wonder when you have them both on the field who plays the deep safety?

  4. Barrows article from earlier today: NFL Draft best available players for San Francisco 49ers: Ji’Ayir Brown, Tucker Kraft

    “The biggest question about Brown: Will he last long enough for the 49ers to grab him?”

    I did not research Ji’Ayir Brown, but it sounds good so far.

  5. he seems like he could play NCB, FS or SS……

    the 40 time will be telling…..we know Huf is not fast enough to play FS.

    Im thinking FS of the future if the 40 time is good

  6. I believe the 49ers got the top Safety on their board, and if JL knows anything (and he knows a lot) it’s the Safety positions. Ji’Ayir Brown is the centerfield version of All-Pro Safety – Talanoa Hufanga, and Brown was my personal #1 target in round 3 ( he was also NFL.COM’s – Daniel Jeremiah’s – top rated Safety)!

    GRADE: A+

  7. A PLACE KICKER in the 3rd RND?

    Once again, Kyle Shanahan’s inability to understand draft “VALUE” has cost the 49ers in the 3rd round. Don’t get me wrong, I do think Jake Moody is an outstanding place kicker. In fact, he just might be special. However …. drafting a place kicker in round 3 is NEVER something I can get behind. EVER!

    GRADE: D-

    1. You give Shanahan more credit than he warrants. Grade him F. Even his usual cheerleaders on KNBR are at a loss to explain, defend him tonight.

      1. And a 6th round tight end drafted by Shanahan and the Niners “brain trust” in the third. Buffoons. All of them.

  8. jax, its not a “hill im willing to die on”…..but it is an undervalued position, and the only position we dont have a starter.
    I cant remember i guy we could trust beyond 50 yards…..Moody has a big leg right? anyone?
    unreliable K’s can cost you a game. Not to mention…..good ones make about $5 mil a year……and we cant afford that.

    Instead of a guy who misses an easy kick a game…..this guy could kick a couple 50+ yarders……on drives we would have punted on in the past……thus stealing an additional 6+ points a game.

    and……not having to pau a K $5 mill…..we can use that $ Ngakoue

    1. j, I hear what you’re saying, and it has some validity. My issue isn’t with the player they selected. And in fact, I do agree that you can make a case that the 49ers are a better team with Jake Moody. I think he’s an incredible place kicker! Moody is not only uber accurate, he also has a very strong leg. No question he was the top PK in this draft class.

      My problem is the round he was selected in. I can appreciate the fact that Kyle thinks his team is sooooooo talented that the 49ers can afford to use a 3rd round pick on kicker, when nobody else does, but there is a legitimate reason NOBODY uses high-to-mid-round picks on PK’s! It’s because you can find outstanding kickers late in the draft, and/or as undrafted FA’s. So why use a 3rd round pick on a kicker, when you have other harder positions of need to fill?

      That’s my issue!

      I do like the TE out of Alabama though, as he was on my mock draft. Cameron Latu is a terrific addition, and also fills a need, so that’s another high grade!

      Cameron Tutu – GRADE: A-

      The 49ers sandwiched a grade D- pick in-between two Grade A (J. Brown = A+, C. Latu = A-) picks tonight for me, so all in all, I can sleep well tonight.

      GO NINERS!

    1. Remember all the flack Davis took for that..not that I care, I despise the Raiders…as well as the heat they took for drafting Ray Guy that high….both picks proved to be worth the moves

  9. The Niners get a D for their picks tonight. A very slow safety that constantly will get burned by top NFL receivers, a slow, smallish TE, and a kicker they could have gotten with one of their fifth round picks. They could have traded up for TE Darnell Washington, who would have been worth trading up for. Simply awful draft! So disappointing. But it’s what I’ve come to expect of our resident genius and his sycophants.

  10. Since Kyle/John have had tremendous success putting together a team that has gone deep in the playoff 3 of the last 4 years, do you give them any credit for knowing what they are doing or are you convinced that you’re smarter than all the 49ers involved in the draft?

    1. EXACTLY FELIX!!! Its so corny ! lol. some of these ppl have mental illness, some are trolling…..but many are dead serious!

  11. I think the 9ers next pick is 155 I don’t believe Moody would have been there and he looks like the next R. Gould with a far stronger leg. What I am really looking forward to is opposing teams starting their drives at the 25 after 9er TDs instead of the 40. Brown looks like the kind of ball hawk we haven’t had since Hanks or even as far back as Hicks. My only worry about him is when he and Talafunga are on the field together who has the speed to play the deep safety. As far as Latu is concerned he doesn’t impress me but I remember a 5th round TE out of Iowa who didn’t impress me at all.

  12. OC, i agree. The bucs took a K in the 2nd round not long ago ( it didn’t work out). janikowski in the 1st did. Like the raiders way back then….we are stacked, SB contender….with no other starting positions to fill. Why hope he is still there at 155? The draft is not an exact science. One must balance need/value/talent/projections/scheme fit/character/ work ethic…..etc.
    Everyone trashed Huf, a S that is too slow to play LB. Now the guy is an all pro. Brown reminds me of a bigger stronger NCB tbh. Maybe he locks the FS down, maybe not. We need a back up for Gipson now, this year.
    Latu had a nack for just getting open , fining the hole in the D…..and making plays ( highlights i watched). Who knows.

  13. brown reminds me of a bigger ,stronger NCB………i meant to say K’waun Williams.

    this has me thinking…..if both S’s and the ncb have similar skill sets…..that could be advantageous to us….disguising assignments pre snap . Hopefully confuse these qbs

  14. It’s a case of not seeing the forest because of the trees.
    Too many are looking at the tree’s with our three 3rd rd picks.
    The forest in this case is that the 49ers didn’t go into this draft with any glaring needs.
    I suspect that that the 49ers will find an OL today along with a DE and LB to develop for the next two years.

    I didn’t see any (before the draft) of our rd 3 picks vying for a starting job this year. But now that will change with Money Moody. He will start on day one and be the 49ers Kicker for the next 10+ years.
    Moody is far from a sexy pick, but a great pick that will show his mettle in close games.

    Brown is not a starter (no surprise there) but he will contribute as a rookie.
    Latu may take some time to develop, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Shanahan works him in as a backup FB lead blocker to spell Juszczek.
    The 49ers have a deep playoff to a possible SB team. This draft was about building depth and hopefully, future starters.

    1. Please. Have you checked out who Pete Carroll and the Seahawks drafted? The Eagles? Too many, way too many, on this blog bend themselves into pretzels defending the current Niners management and coaching staff. Incomprehensible, simply incomprehensible to me and those with a modicum of football knowledge and understanding.

      1. you did notice where the seahawks and the eagles drafted and where we drafted? position counts

      2. Please, do you know the difference between the seahawks drafting in the 1st rd vs drafting in the low-end of the 3rd rd.

        As Shanahan said yesterday, “the 49ers were looking (because of their draft positions) for players that can make the team.” And hopefully become starters in the future.

      3. I think you’re the outlier. Most of know that the full time professionals know more than those of us sitting on our coach.

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