The 49ers are digging for gold in the 2021 NFL Draft.
John Lynch threw the first punch of the draft cycle, trading two future first-round picks to the Dolphins for pick No. 3, delivering a haymaker to the draft order and starting up the rumor mill for this year’s draft.
Make no mistake, the 49ers traded up that much future draft capital to select their quarterback of the future, with fans and analysts wondering aloud: Who will the 49ers take? Will it be Alabama’s Mac Jones? Will Shanahan add the limitless potential of Justin Fields to his dynamic offense?
Those questions and more, answered soon. Here’s what San Francisco is working with in this year’s draft:
49ers draft picks 2021: When does San Francisco pick?
- Round 1, Pick No. 3: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
- Round 2, Pick No. 48: Aaron Banks, OG, Notre Dame
- Round 4, Pick No. 117
- Round 4, Pick No. 121
- Round 5, Pick No. 155
- Round 5, Pick No. 172
- Round 5, Pick No. 180
- Round 6, Pick No. 194
49ers 2021 draft order
|1||3 (from Dolphins through Texans)|
|5||28 (from Saints)|
|5||36 (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||2 (from Jets)|
49ers NFL Draft needs
- Quarterback: Surprise, surprise. Even with Jimmy Garoppolo currently at the helm, the Niners trading up to No. 3 tells you they think quarterback is a need moving forward. John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan will have their pick of three passers with Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson presumably off the board before they pick.
- Defensive line: Nick Bosa is very good, even if he’s dealt with injuries in the last few years. San Fran needs some help along the defensive line with DeForest Bruckner traded (albeit before the 2020 season) and Solomon Thomas gone in free agency.
- Cornerback: Richard Sherman is still a free agent. Jason Verrett has an injury history. The 49ers’ pass rush will still be pretty good with Bosa off the edge, but he’s going to need help from the secondary if he’s the only guy expected to get to the passer.
San Francisco 49ers mock draft 2021
Here are the latest 2021 NFL Draft projections for the 49ers, according to Vinnie Iyer’s seven-round mock draft:
|2||43||Wyatt Davis||G||Ohio State|
|3||102||Richard LeCounte III||S||Georgia|
|4||117||Tamorrion Terry||WR||Florida State|
|6||194||Pooka Williams Jr.||RB||Kansas|