San Francisco 49ers Mock Draft Roundup 3.0
Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our San Francisco 49ers Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the San Francisco 49ers from several prominent sites and draft analysts.
For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the San Francisco 49ers, check out our 2021 San Francisco 49ers Mock Draft Database.
The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the 49ers:
EDSFootball - Hanson (1/1)
14. Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Teams can't have too many corners, yet free agency is about to wipe out all of their cornerbacks (all are either UFAs or ERFAs). One way or the other, the team will need to address the position group this offseason.
Along with Alabama's Surtain, Farley is in the mix to be the first corner off the board in April. Farley (6-2, 207) fits the mold that the 49ers prefer and he had four interceptions and 12 passes defended in 2019 before opting out this season.
San Diego Union Tribune (12/31)
14. Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Yes, the NFC champs have dealt with an obscene amount of injuries this season (and the adversity of having to play some of their home games in a different state because of COVID), but they also failed to address two glaring needs this past offseason: the interior offensive line and cornerback. The 49ers currently don't have a corner under contract after this season. Adding Horn -- his father Joe was a Pro Bowl wide receiver -- would give Richard Sherman someone to mentor if he returns (it seems unlikely at this point) or secure the future Hall of Famer's replacement. He's a very talented press corner with elite speed, good size (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) and can make plays in run support. And there's clearly a pipeline between the Bay Area and South Carolina (See: Deebo Samuel and Javon Kinlaw).
Touchdown Wire - Schofield (12/31)
15. Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
A huge question facing San Francisco GM John Lynch is what to do at the quarterback position. Even if the board fell this way, with the “big four” quarterbacks already selected, you can imagine Kyle Shanahan making some noise for Mac Jones, as the Alabama passer seems like someone the head coach will love.
But cornerback is another area of need, and the San Francisco 49ers address that position with a name rising a bit as draft season approaches. Jaycee Horn is a strong and long corner with some press coverage chops who began his college career playing inside before shifting to the boundary. Before his decision to opt out after playing in six games this season, Horn flashed ball skills that you want to see in a cornerback. This pick gives San Francisco some flexibility in how to handle the CB room now and in the future.
PFF - Gayle (12/29)
15. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Richard Sherman, Jason Verrett, K'Wuan Williams and Ahkello Witherspoon will all test free agency if they aren't re-signed before March 2021. Surtain is a big, instinctive outside cornerback prospect that should push Farley for CB1 in the 2021 class by the time April comes around. Surtain leads all college cornerbacks with at least 400 defensive snaps played in PFF grade (87.0) in 2020.
CBS Sports - Wilson (12/29)
14. Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
Kyle Shanahan said that Jimmy Garoppolo is his QB for 2021 but that doesn't mean the team can't (or won't) plan for the future. Trey Lance has the athleticism and arm strength to be a legit NFL QB, he only lacks experience. But if anyone can get the most out of his abilities it's Shanahan, who did just that with Robert Griffin III during his rookie year in Washington back in 2012.
Pro Football Network - Miller (12/26)
14. Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami (FL)
You can NEVER have too many pass rushers. The better of the two number 15's from the past two years at Miami. Phillips is a former top overall recruit in the nation, and his production and tape this year shows why. He is everything necessary to be a devastating pass rusher, and I personally believe he is the best in the class.
Phillips is well-built, long, explosive, and flexible with surprisingly advanced hands for someone who has not played a ton of football. If it weren't for injuries, I believe he would be a possible top-5 pick. Yet, that injury history that almost led him to retirement makes his draft stock as murky as still pond water.
PFF - Renner (12/23)
12. Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Is it a little high? Possibly. But Jones is currently operating a 2019 LSU-esque offensive juggernaut at Alabama and performing at a higher level than we ever saw from Tua Tagovailoa in his college career. The tools aren't exceptional, but performance matters at ton at the quarterback position. His accuracy, decision-making and anticipation would play in the 49ers' offense.
Bleacher Report - Miller (12/22)
12. Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
Jimmy Garoppolo isn't the answer, and the 49ers can acknowledge that mistake and let him go this offseason with a small cap hit. It's time for Kyle Shanahan to pick his quarterback, and Lance's dual-threat ability could give Shanahan Deshaun Watson vibes.
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