San Francisco 49ers NFL Draft Analysis and Grade
San Francisco 49ers
Draft Grade: B+
* 1:3 – Trey Lance, NDSU
* 2:48 – Aaron Banks, G, Notre Dame
* 3:88 – Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State
* 3:102 – Ambry Thomas, CB, Michigan
* 5:155 – Jaylon Moore, OG, WMU
* 5:172 - Deommodore Lenoir, CB, Oregon
* 5:180 – Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC
* 6:194 – Elijah Mitchell, RB, Louisiana
The 49ers swung for the fences. It was rumored that Mac Jones was the pick. Thankfully, they did not strike out. They gave up a lot of draft capital to move up from 12 to 3, and nailed the pick! Trey Lance has the intelligence, instincts, and all the physical tools to become a great NFL quarterback. He went to the best possible situation, with an offensive mastermind and a stacked roster. Did I mention he’s only 20 years old? The sky is the limit for the new kid on the block in Santa Clara!
The Niners also keyed on on positions of need. Offensive line, running back, and cornerback, taking two of each with the remaining six picks. The philosophy was to get bigger, stronger, more physical, and to stay away from injuries. Aaron Banks is a mauler. Trey Sermon is a 6’1, 215lb power back with nimble feet. At corner, ballhawk was the theme. Amber Thomas and Deommodore Lenoir create turnovers in the secondary, and I’m sure they can’t wait to play behind the 49ers aggressive front seven. If Pat Freiermuth is Baby Gronk, then Talanoa Hufanga is Baby Polamalu. And aggressive safety who’s always around the ball, and also creates turnovers.
The reason why this grade is not an A is minor. The Niners had an opportunity to select Asante Samuel Jr. but traded back from 43 to 48. Asante was drafted at 47. Additionally, WR could have been addressed for depth due to the amount of injuries at the position last year. I do believe the team has a plan to add a veteran post draft.
While the future is bright for young Trey Lance, Jimmy Garoppolo is still in the roster and will likely be the starting Quarterback. While it may be worth the risk to draft him now for future use, if you need a QB this year, Trey Lance isn’t your guy. Atleast at the moment. Trey Sermon will be utilized heavily in Kyle Shanahan’s run first approach. He will be splitting carries between Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. he figures to be used heavily in the redzone and can catch the ball out of the backfield for those in PPR leagues. Sermon could be a late round gem.