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Analyzing 49ers 13th and 31st Picks

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Analyzing 49ers 13th and 31st Picks

31st Overall Pick

Vinnie Iyer, Sports News: WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State

“The 49ers could use some more dynamic, versatile playmaking at the position to complement Deebo Samuel with Emmanuel Sanders set to leave in free agency. Aiyuk (6-0, 205 pounds) fits the profile as an impactful slot receiver with his quickness made to make big plays after the catch, with enough speed to get vertical down the middle, too. He needs to get tougher and stronger in his routes to expand to the outside, which can come sooner rather than later.”

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com: CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama

“Diggs didn’t test at the combine, but his size, length and ball skills could still be enticing for the 49ers, even if they never get to time him in the 40-yard dash.”

Kevin Hanson, SI.com: WR Tee Higgins, Clemson

“Given the 125-pick gap between this (No. 31) and their next pick (No. 156), the 49ers may be more likely to trade back than to make a selection here. Deebo Samuel had a productive rookie season with nearly 1,000 yards from scrimmage and three 100-yard receiving games from Week 10 on, but Emmanuel Sanders is a free agent. Higgins has strong hands and a large catch radius while wins as a vertical receiver.”

Luke Easterling, USA Today: Trade with Indianapolis Colts

“These two teams have already done business on a first-round trade this year, so why not make it happen again? The 49ers need more picks, and the Colts need a long-term solution at quarterback. For a fourth-round pick, the Colts move up three spots and get that fifth-year option on a quarterback prospect with impressive arm talent and tons of potential (Jacob Eason, Washington).”

Jordan Reid, The Draft Network: Diggs

“With Richard Sherman and Emmanuel Moseley as their starters, San Francisco is still holding out hope for Ahkello Witherspoon. In order to provide some competition at both the second and third cornerback spots, Trevon Diggs would be a tremendous addition to a team that already has plenty of talent on the defensive side.”

Dan Kadar, SB Nation: Higgins

“The 49ers swung and missed on Dante Pettis, their second-round pick in the 2018 draft. They swung and hit a home run in the second round last year with Deebo Samuel. In this loaded class of wide receivers, the 49ers could take one more swing with a big receiver like Higgins. He’s a good outside target who will go up and get the ball. He’s not the fastest wide receiver, but the 49ers have plenty of speed.”

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson

“Terrell was lost in the mix the last month or so while other CBs moved up draft boards. But he was the best cornerback in the ACC and he has a chance to be better than former teammate and Raiders 2019 second-rounder Trayvon Mullen.”

Neal Driscoll, Pro Football Network: OL Cesar Ruiz, Michigan

“San Francisco came within minutes of being Super Bowl 54 champions; however, they were not able to outlast Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers are a very talented team and will find themselves right back in the hunt. Drafting a mauler like Cesar Ruiz to be the focal point of the San Francisco offensive line would be money well spent.”

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today: DT Ross Blacklock, TCU

“Slippery and agile, Blacklock would give San Francisco a disruptive interior presence to replace Buckner. Without picks in the second, third and fourth rounds, the 49ers might be motivated to move back in a trade with any team hoping to leap into the first.”

Will Brinson, CBS Sports: RB J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State

“Would Kyle Shanahan take a running back this early? Maybe he would for an explosive player like Dobbins who would fit nicely in terms of pass catching and explosive one-cut runs.”

Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports: S Grant Delpit, LSU

“Trading for the Colts’ first-round pick makes me believe the 49ers are even more likely to trade this pick than they were before, but if they don’t, and Delpit is still on the board, it would make a lot of sense.”

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: S Xavier McKinney, Alabama

“The 49ers can use help at safety. McKinney is a do it all type defender who Robert Saleh can deploy all over the defense.”

Josh Edwards, CBS Sports: CB Jeff Gladney, TCU


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