The 2019 NFL Draft is quickly approaching with festivities beginning Thursday night on April 25th. The first round will start at 5:00 PM PT, with the second and third rounds happening Friday night beginning at 4:00 PM PT. The draft will reach its conclusion with rounds four through seven on Saturday April 27th. The 49ers currently have only six draft picks, so there is a possibility they could trade down for more picks. Should they stay pact, the following mock represents prospects the team could select if available.
Round 1, Pick 2: Nick Bosa – EDGE – Ohio State
Bosa was a stud for the Buckeyes, finishing his college career with 77 total tackles, 29 tackles for a loss, and 17.5 sacks. Last September he underwent surgery for a sports hernia which inevitably ended the rest of his season and college football career. Back in October Bosa announced that he was dropping out of school to focus on his preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft. He continues to hover a top the draft boards and is believed by many to be the best player in the 2019 NFL Draft. There are rumors that the 49ers might pass on Bosa and take defensive lineman Quinnen Williams instead, but I believe Bosa is their guy.
Round 2, Pick 36: Deebo Samuel – WR – South Carolina
Whether it’s catching passes or returning kicks, Samuel is very dangerous with the ball in his hands. He measured in at the Scouting Combine at 5-11, 214 pounds and ran an official 40 time of 4.48. Samuel was named AP All-SEC at both wide receiver and kick returner this season. In his senior year, Samuel made 62 receptions for 882 yards, scoring 11 touchdowns and was the only player in the conference to return a kick for a touchdown, He led the conference with a 24.78 kick return average and finishes his college football career with 148 receptions for 2076 yards, with a 14 yard average, 16 receiving touchdowns, and 4 kick returns for touchdowns. Kyle Shanahan got an in-depth look at Samuel during Senior Bowl practices where he and his staff coached the South team.
Round 3, Pick 67: Trayvon Mullen – CB – Clemson
Mullen was named second-team All-ACC this season and was the Defensive MVP in the National Championship Game, recording 1 sack and an interception against Alabama. He’s a big corner standing 6-1 and weighing 199 pounds. In three seasons with the Tigers Mullen has 93 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, 7 pass breakups, 4 interceptions, 2 sacks, and one forced fumble. He ran a deceptive 40 time of 4.46 at the Scouting Combine and could see his draft stock rise higher than the third round because of it. An interesting bit of trivia is that Baltimore Ravens quarterback and 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson is Mullen’s first cousin.
Round 4, Pick 104: Tytus Howard – OT – Alabama State
In his sophomore year Howard started seven games at right tackle before replacing Jylan Ware to be the starting left tackle. He started all 11 games during the 2017 season. After starting 10 games at right tackle Howard was named by SWAC coaches as the Hornets’ only first-team all-conference selection in 2018. He will need to improve his technique and strength, but Howard has the potential to be a starter at the next level. His natural athletic ability should help accelerate the learning curve and enable him to take over either tackle spot whenever veteran left tackle Joe Staley decides to hang ’em up. Howard’s draft stock has been on the rise with some draft aficionados expecting him to go as high as the first round.
Round 6, Pick 176: Saquan Hampton – S – Rutgers
Hampton measured in at the Scouting Combine at 6-1, 206 pounds with 31 5/8-inch arms and 8 5/8-inch hands. His 40-yard dash time of 4.48 tied for eighth among safeties. Hampton’s 10′5″ broad jump tied for sixth, while his 14 bench press reps ranked ninth among all defensive backs. The New Jersey native got into the lineup as a redshirt freshman, starting 1 of 12 games played. After struggling through shoulder injuries the next two years, Hampton had a healthy senior season, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as well as his team’s MVP Award after leading the conference with 1.3 passes defended per game. He finished his college career with 172 total tackles, 16 pass breakups, and five interceptions.
Round 6, Pick 212: Ty Summers – ILB – TCU
Nicknamed Captain America, Summers is considered to be a versatile, high-motor player who has low pad level and sturdy base to anchor in his gap against blockers. He played on the edge at times, showing the ability to hold up. He most likely will start his NFL career as a core special teams player, but does have some pass rush ability and could see time as a rotational player if he can improve his open-field tackling and lateral quickness. Summers finishes his college career with 317 total tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, 9 pass break-ups, 2 interceptions, 10.5 sacks, and one fumble recovery.