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San Francisco 49ers draft review

San Francisco 49ers draft review

1 (2). Nick Bosa, DE: 6-4, 266, Ohio St.

2 (36). Deebo Samuel, WR: 5-11, 214, South Carolina

3 (67). Jalen Hurd, WR: 6-5, 226, Baylor

4 (110). Mitch Wishnowsky, P: 6-2, 218, Utah

5 (148). Dre Greenlaw, LB: 6-0, 237, Arkansas

6 (176). Kaden Smith, TE: 6-5, 255, Stanford

6 (183). Justin Skule, OT: 6-7, 317, Vanderbilt

6 (198). Tim Harris, CB: 6-1, 205, Virginia

Grade: B

Drafting a punter in Round 4 can only knock a grade down so far. The 49ers got perhaps the draft’s best player in Bosa, then added versatile weapons for Kyle Shanahan in Samuel and Hurd. Smith also fits well in Shanahan’s scheme as a quality blocker and contested-catch artist who needs some help being schemed open. Wishnowsky and Greenlaw were reaches, but it’s a solid class.

Best pick: Bosa is perhaps a hair more athletic than his brother, Joey Bosa, and a tad better in the run game thanks to a thick lower half. As a rusher, he can win with speed, bend, power, hand moves or all of the above. Expect multiple Pro Bowl nods.

Upside pick: At his best, Samuel was clearly a first-rounder on tape. He’s short but thickly built and very sudden, with great route-running ability and the physicality to break tackles after the catch. He simply must remain healthy and motivated, which wasn’t always the case in college.

–Field Level Media

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