Jayson Braddock–the man who reported Colin Kaepernick is on the trading block–believes Amari Cooper, Danny Shelton, Randy Gregory or Kevin Johnson could take the Niners to the playoffs. That’s if one of those prospects falls to pick No.15.
I disagree with Braddock. If the Niners are going to return the to the playoffs, they need to fix their offensive line, which gave up more sacks than any other offensive line in the league last season.
Check out their pass-blocking grades from 2014, according to Pro Football Focus:
LT Joe Staley: +9.3 (tied for 14th-best among tackles)
C Marcus Martin: -8.2
C Daniel Kilgore: -1.2
RG Alex Boone: +2.6
RT Anthony Davis: -4.2 (he played just 440 snaps)
The Niners need another good pass protector. They have just one good one–Staley. Andrus Peat is the best pass protector in the draft. I think he would make a greater impact on the Niners next season than Cooper, Shelton, Gregory or Johnson.
What do you think? Which draft prospects could take the Niners to the playoffs next season?