Kurtenbach: My 49ers Seven Round Draft Layout (with Trades)

We can now admit that the NFL Draft is days away:

It’s not as fun as last season.

The 49ers’ first pick won’t come until day two, and if they do have a first round pick on Thursday, it’s likely because they just took out Deebo Samuel, who was the team’s 2021 offense.

For a team likely to draft a lot of linemen and depth players, this draft definitely lacks the zeal of last year’s quarterback draft.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun.

There is anything but consensus on what the Niners will do in this draft, but here are my best guesses on what will happen when San Francisco is on the clock:

49ers trade Nos. 61 and 93 for Chicago

Round 2 pick #48:

Jalen Pitre, Safe, Baylor

» The 49ers still need something to protect the ball. The top two priorities should be solid security and nickel.

So in this scenario, the 49ers move two draft picks to get one player who can do both jobs.

Pitre is the kind of player who can line up anywhere. A willing and capable tackler who has put in some serious hitting as an rim rusher and a hawk with incredible backfield spotting skills, Pitre is a player who defies definition and makes something happen at every snap. Take him to the field and reap the rewards.

Round 3 pick #105:

DeAngelo Malone, EDGE, Western Kentucky

He is a little short and a little skinny, but this guy has a crazy explosion off the line and more than expected strength for his body. He’s 15 pounds short of strength, but at the same time, he’s great for Kochurek’s “no brakes” defensive line.

Round 4 pick #134:

Donovan West, C, Arizona State

The spot was previously held by one of my favorite players in this draft, Wake Forest tackle Zach Tom, but with a not-so-subtle hint from John Lynch on Monday that Alex Mack will soon announce his retirement, the Niners need a new man in the middle has the edge. .

West hasn’t gone off the charts and may have trouble with powerful defensive tackles, but he’s a smart player who moves gracefully down the line. It’s great for the 49ers wide range system.

His wrestling experience in high school (essential to me for inside offensive linemen) comes through in his handiwork. West never had a college retention penalty, and flags of any kind were exceptionally rare.

This is a good class for centers. In other drafts, West could have gone off the board in the top 100. The nines were a little lucky, and they found their center of the present and future here.

Round 5 pick #172:

Matt Araiza, P, San Diego State

“I think Araiza, compared to his peers in his position, is the best player in this draft. He could come into the league and immediately become the best player in his position.