2019 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers

It’s time to talk draft San Francisco 49ers fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.

by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • Jan 28, 2019  • Updated: April 6, 2019

The 49ers drafted Jeff Driskel in the sixth round in 2016; then they picked up C.J. Beathard in the third round a year later. In 2017, they also traded a 2018 second round pick to the New England Patriots for Jimmy Garoppolo, and they thought they had their quarterback of the future. But injuries have taken their toll on the Eastern Illinois product, and Garoppolo has only started eight games in the two seasons he’s spent in San Fransciso. UDFA Nick Mullens stepped in and started eight games in ’18, going 3-5, throwing 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. All of this seems to beg the questions, do the 49ers take a franchise quarterback with the second pick in the 2019 NFL draft?

As of this update, it seems doubtful the 49ers will address the quarterback issue. They seem content to bank on a healthy Garoppolo. They’ve also invested a lot of time looking at defensive line players, linebackers, and wide receivers.

Here’s what you need to know about the San Francisco 49ers and the 2019 NFL Draft.

2019 draft picks

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6*212San Francisco 49ers

*Indicates Compensatory Pick

  • Defensive End
  • Defensive Tackle
  • Inside Linebacker
  • Outside Linebacker
  • Fullback 
  • Wide Receiver
  • Guard/Center 
  • Cornerback
  • Safety

In 2017, the 49ers moved away from the 3-4 defense they had been playing and moved to a 4-3 under/over hybred. The system employs 2016 first round draft pick, and former defensive end, DeForest Buckner as a 3-technique – where he has shined. So, taking DE Bosa would be cheered by most 49er fans. DC Saleh’s system requires stellar ILB play, and that’s where a player like LSU’s Devin White would make an excellent fit for this scheme – especially in light of Reuben Foster’s departure. It also requires a strong safety versatile enough to play in space and make the downhill run-fit.

On the offensive side of the ball, the 49ers are more of a finesse team. They could use some size on their offense, especially in short yardage and red zone situations. A big bodied possession receiver, like former basketball player J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, could make a good addition – or a receiver like Deebo Samuel. Joe Protheroe scored 13 touchdowns and rushed for 1,810 for Cal Poly last year and has the potential to make a good FB/short yardage back.

Prospects to watch

Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

If Arizona draft Kyler Murray, San Francisco could grab Bosa. If not, they still have Quinnen Williams available to them. And while it’s true, San Francisco has invested a lot of first round picks on the defensive line (three first round picks in the last four years), it would be hard to pass on a potential All-Pro caliber DE.

Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

The 49ers are looking to improve their receiving corps. Samuel looked outstanding during Senior Bowl week – the best player on the field. He can double as a dangerous return specialist.

Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison

Moreland started all 13 games for the Dukes in 2018. He was named an FCS Consensus All-American and a Buck Buchanan Finalist. He finished his senior year with 56 total tackles (28 solo), to go with 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, five interceptions, 10 pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a blocked punt.

Joe Protheroe, FB, Cal Poly

Protheroe is a physically punishing runner who loves contact. He also takes a lot of pride in his blocking. Those two traits should help him make a successful transition to the NFL short yardage game. Protheroe finished his college career with 4,271 yards and 35 touchdowns.


Players to Watch: OLB Josh Allen, Kentucky; WR A.J. Brown, Mississippi; OLB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas; ILB Drew Lewis, Colorado; ILB Justin Phillips, Oklahoma State; and NT Ray Smith, Boston College.


General Manager: John Lynch | Head Coach: Kyle Shanahn | Offensive Coordinator: Jon Embree | Defensive Coordinator: Robert Saleh

Recent Top Draft selections:

2018: R1 Mike McGlinchey OT | R2 Dante Pettis WR

2017: R1 Solomon Thomas DE | R2 Reuben Foster LB

2016: R1 DeForest Buckner DE | R3 Joshua Garnett OG

2015: R1 Arik Armstead DT | R2 Jaquiski Tartt S


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