Even with the power to trade into the first round, and the rumors swirling on Jimmy Garoppolo and Deebo Samuel – the 49ers sat patient waiting to make their first selection of the draft in round 2.…If you were betting on where the 49ers selection and researching on Betway you may not have thought Drake Jackson, DE, USC woud have been the 49ers round 2 selection. The team afterall had more glaring needs than to add to their plethora of defensive lineman. Offensive lineman, receivers, defensive backfield, and linebackers seem to have been bigger priorities. The 49ers however, spent the months heading into the draft adding depth across their roster so that they could afford to pick the best player available.
The selection of Drake Jackson though should not be that much of a surprise thought. The 49ers have built their defense around a ferocious defensive line, and pass rush. Jackson, though a bit inconsistent, has the frame and upside to warrant a top 15 pick if not for the craziness going on at USC over the past few years. With a run on defensive backs earlier in the draft, the 49ers saw this opportunity, and it was simply too good to pass up. Jackson can contribute from day 1, and will line up on pass rush downs opposite Nick Bosa. As he gets better, he will see more field time. He's all around a ridiculous athlete.
The next 49ers selection were also on the side of surprising. Running back Tyrion Davis-Price hits the hole quick and hard, he's a 1 cut back that fits well in Shanahan's scheme, but he's also the third running back selected in the last two season. The 49ers are notorious for getting production out of later round backs, this seems like a reach, even if Davis-Price shows to be better than LSU's offensive would have you believe.
Danny Gray was also selected in the third round, finally filling in some depth at a position of need. As a receiver the 49ers are set with Deebo and Aiyuk - provided there are no contract issues with Deebo; however, it gets quite think from there. Danny Gray has crazy speed, and can take the top off of defenses. This makes him an appealing target for the Trey Lance deep bal - something the team lacks, and gives the 49ers some security on a tenative receiers situation.
With Spencer Burford, OL and Samuel Womack CB, and Nick Zakelj, OL - the 49ers used their day 3 picks to really focus on the areas identified as needs on the roster. Burford is a bit of a sleeper that looks pretty good on tape. His versatility will also be a help. Womack mayhave been taken a bit high for his size, but has upside, and Zakelj is a size/strength/measurables selection that the team hopes they can groom.
In the 49er round of the draft the team added Kalia Davis DL, not a position of need, but if he sits a year due to coming off an injury he could provide a good return on investment. Tariq Castro Fields, CB fell from what people believes was a 4th round prospect. Given the 49ers needs in the defensive backfield, adding competition with Castro-Fields seems like a good idea. The 49ers also owned the Mr. Irrelevant selection, last of the entire draft, they took a flier on quarterback Brock Purdy. Purdy is a play it safe kind of quarterback who makes good decisions, but the 49ers are heavily invested in the position even if Garoppolo gets traded. Nate Sudfeld got a large "for back up qb" contract - this selection seems low risk, low reward.