Grading the Draft - San Francisco 49ers

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Chris Tripodi

Draft Analyst Writer

The 49ers went on a heater after Jimmy Garoppolo took over under center, costing them draft position but giving them legitimate hope for the future. They spent the early portion of this year’s draft setting him up for further success.

Round 1 (No. 9 overall): Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

Round 2 (No. 44): Dante Pettis, WR, Washington

Round 3 (No. 70): Fred Warner, OLB, BYU

Round 3 (No. 95): Tarvarius Moore, S, Southern Miss

Round 4 (No. 128): Kentavius Street, DE, NC State

Round 5 (No. 142): D.J. Reed, CB, Kansas State

Round 6 (No. 184): Marcell Harris, S, Florida

Round 7 (No. 223): Jullian Taylor, DT, Temple

Round 7 (No. 240): Richie James, WR, Middle Tennessee State

UDFA: Steven Dunbar, WR, Houston; Ross Dwelley, TE, San Diego; Corey Griffin, S, Georgia Tech; Jack Heneghan, QB, Dartmouth; Alan Knott, OC, South Carolina; Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State; Jamar McGloster, OT, Syracuse; Emmanuel Moseley, CB, Tennessee; Niles Scott, DT, Frostburg State; Coleman Shelton, OC, Washington; Najee Toran, OL, UCLA; Terrell Williams, S, Houston; Jeff Wilson, RB, North Texas

Mike McGlinchey wasn't a top-10 player on our board, but the 49ers are a good fit for his skill set. A nasty run blocker with good size and strength but limited athleticism, McGlinchey was viewed by most as a player who would need to move to right tackle in the NFL. With Joe Staley entrenched on Garoppolo's blind side, McGlinchey can take over on the strong side for Trent Brown, who was traded to New England the day after this pick.

San Francisco continued to add pieces to help its quarterback in Round 2 by drafting the versatile Dante Pettis. While he isn't particularly big or fast, Pettis is a fluid, natural receiver who excels after the catch and as a returner and can play both outside and in the slot, which gives him multiple avenues to a key role as this offense develops.

The 49ers turned their attention to the defensive side of the ball in Round 3 by selecting Fred Warner and Tarvarius Moore.

Warner has good athleticism and is very effective in space, giving him a floor as a sub-package linebacker who can also be effective in weakside pursuit. Moore was overdrafted by several rounds, but he built a lot of momentum this season and at his pro day and has big upside thanks to his combination of size (6-foot-0.5, 199 pounds), athleticism (4.32) and ball skills.

Trent Baalke isn't in charge of the team anymore, but that didn't stop the 49ers from grabbing an injured Kentavius Street as a future stash. A fifth-rounder on our board who tore his ACL working out for the Giants in early April, Street should settle in as a three-technique in San Francisco's defense and will need to regain his explosiveness to make an impact in 2019 and beyond.

The 49ers reached for two more defensive backs in Rounds 5 and 6, drafting free-agent prospects D.J. Reed and Marcell Harris.

Reed has good speed and explosiveness, but his lack of size (5-foot-9, 188 pounds) will be a hindrance to him earning a large role on defense. Harris was a potential mid-round pick before a torn Achilles cost him his senior season, and he has the prototypical size (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) and run-stopping ability to eventually fit in at strong safety and contribute on special teams.

Jullian Taylor was one of our favorite sleepers in this year's draft, as he's an athletic three-technique with nice growth potential in his 6-foot-4, 295-pound frame, although he'll need time to bulk up.

We stamped Richie James as a UDFA and his lack of size (5-foot-10, 183 pounds) will hurt him on offense, but he has legitimate return ability and should be able to contribute on special teams while he develops as a potential option in the slot.

The best defensive back coming from San Francisco's draft may be UDFA Tarvarus McFadden, who we graded as a third-round prospect. His lack of speed (4.61) likely pushed him out of the draft, but he has the size (6-foot-2, 204 pounds) and ball skills to make an impact as a zone corner.

Jeff Wilson is an effective space player who could have a future as a third-down back if he shows well in camp.

Analysis: The 49ers started their draft well by adding pieces on offense at good value, but things went off the rails from there. Of their next five picks, only Warner represented value where he was taken and all three defensive backs were significantly overdrafted. San Francisco needed help on the back end, but they didn't get enough of it considering the draft capital they spent. Grade: C+