Trades are almost certain to be in play
The San Francisco 49ers are in a great position with the No. 2 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, so what will they do? In this 49ers mock draft we explore what could happen if there are no trades at the top.
Though, given the quarterback market, trades are almost certain to be in play, and if they do the 49ers are in a prime spot to make a killing.
But if the order holds, this is a look at some of the intriguing possibilities, starting with Kentucky product, edge rusher Josh Allen at No. 2 overall.
#1. Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
In this mock draft, the Arizona Cardinals took Joey Bosa off the board. And if you read our recent look at ideal picks at the top of the draft, barring a trade-down scenario Josh Allen is the guy.
Allen is a physical freak with very nice burst off the edge.
My hot take of the 2019 Draft szn is Josh Allen is the best EDGE defender in the draft.
Elite bend, burst, and consistently lives in the backfield. 17.0 sacks in 2018. pic.twitter.com/105aLHi3K9
— Connor Livesay (@ConnorNFLDraft) January 10, 2019
He progressively improved in each of his four years at Kentucky, culminating with a 17-sack campaign in 2018 that also saw him rack up 21.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Taking him here is a no-brainer move for John Lynch and Co. especially given the team’s need at the position.
#2. Hakeem Butler, wide receiver, Iowa State
The 49ers have plenty of quickness at the receiver position. Dante Pettis looks to be the real deal and should explode in his second season, and of course when healthy Marquise Goodwin is very effective playing with Jimmy Garoppolo.
However, the one thing the receiving corps lacks is a big-bodied red-zone target. A guy who can go up and get 50-50 balls and make those “wow” plays. Well, look no further than Butler, who made plenty of those (like this one) last year at Iowa State.
#3. Michael Jordan, guard, Ohio State
Who wouldn’t want a dude named Michael Jordan? On a more serious note, this big man is no joke when it comes to moving bodies around inside and was an All-American who can play both guard and center.
Of course, San Francisco already has a darn good center. But the guard position was a shambles last year and is in need of a serious upgrade. Though Jordan needs help with footwork he has plenty of power and quickness off the line and would be a great fit in this team’s zone scheme.
#4. T.J. Edwards, linebacker, Wisconsin
There’s been a big shift away from bigger linebackers not named Leighton Vander Esch recently. But the 49ers would be smart to consider a guy like T.J. Edwards in the fourth round if he’s on the clock.
Though he’s a bigger guy (6-foot-1, 248 pounds) and isn’t going to test off the charts at the combine, Edwards is actually really good in coverage — a must in today’s NFL.
He racked up 112 tackles this past year as the top linebacker at Wisconsin. He also had 10 interceptions the past three seasons along with 15 passes defensed and is adept at blitzing, with eight sacks in his career with the Badgers.
#6. Jordan Scarlett, running back, Florida
We know how much Kyle Shanahan loves his diverse running backs. Guys who are slippery, have good vision and can catch the ball are his cup of tea. That fits Scarlett to a T. This past season, the Gators running back averaged 5.9 yards per carry and totaled 860 yards with five touchdowns on 141 touches.
— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 15, 2019
The big issue with him that NFL teams are going to have to get into is that Scarlett was suspended for the entire 2017 season due to his involvement in a credit card scam. His former Gator teammate, Antonio Callaway, was also involved in that, however, and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns.
#6. Ken Webster, cornerback, Mississippi
The 49ers definitely need help on the corners. Webster has a couple of red flags which have dropped his draft stock — he missed the 2016 season with a knee injury and was arrested for shoplifting last summer.
So, there’s a bit of risk associated with this cornerback. But he’s a player who might be worth that risk. A contributor right out of the gate as a freshman way back in 2014, Webster has plenty of experience playing in the SEC and did well for himself over the course of his career with three interceptions and 20 passes defensed.