2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, San Francisco 49ers draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.


San Francisco 49ers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis

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– It’s all about Trey Lance. It was the massive call at the 3, Mac Jones and Justin Fields – and, for that matter, Kyle Pitts, Penei Sewell, and a slew of elite receivers – were passed over for a high-end prospect who’s going to need a whole lot of work and time. The upside is enormous – Lance is our No. 2 quarterback – but everything about this franchise revolves around this one pick for the next five years.

–  Considering the 49ers had four picks in the top 102, they did okay, but again, nothing matters if Lance isn’t special. Ohio State RB Trey Sermon went in the third round, but Louisiana’s Elijah Mitchell might actually be the better fit for the attack and he went in the sixth. And that’s why …

– It’s a strong strength in numbers draft. They needed a guard, and they got Notre Dame’s Aaron Banks in the second and Western Michigan’s Jaylon Moore in the fifth. They need one of them to work, just like they need to find one starter at corner between Michigan’s Ambry Thomas and Oregon’s Deommodore Lenoir.

Best Value Pick: OG Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan, 5th round, 155th overall

Biggest Reach: RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State, 3rd round, 88th overall

Late Flier That Could Work: RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana, 6th round, 194th overall

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San Francisco 49ers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks

1 (03) QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2 (48) OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3 (88) RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3 (102) CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5 (155) OG Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5 (172) CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5 (180) S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6 (194) RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana

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San Francisco 49ers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis

You don’t move heaven and earth to get up to the 3 if you don’t know who you want. If you don’t know who you want, and you take a quarterback, that means the quarterbacks you have weren’t going to work no matter what. So …

Of course the 49ers know who they want. They might be playing coy, because that’s what the silly NFL people like to do, but again, you don’t do that just to take a position. You do that to get a specific player.

But the 49ers need cornerback help, too. Getting their pick of the non-Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson quarterbacks is nice, and still having the 43rd overall pick is great, too. That’s where the cornerback comes into play – there will be several good options there.

They’ll make the most noise early on after they pick at the 3, and with three fifth-rounders and five picks after their fourth round selection at the 117, they’re going to be active. At the very least, they should be. They can and should package a slew of those picks to potentially move up to get an extra pick somewhere in the top 125.

San Francisco 49ers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks

1 DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1 WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5 OT Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6 TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7 WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee

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