The San Francisco 49ers went 4-12 in 2018, marking their fourth-straight losing season.
The 49ers season got derailed early on when starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in just the third game of the season. With Garoppolo out, the team struggled under second-year head coach Kyle Shanahan. San Francisco will look make a jump in 2019 with Garoppolo back under center.
In last year's draft, the 49ers selected Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey in the first round.
How will they use their picks in this year's NFL draft? We're breaking down every selection below, including grades from The MMQB's Andy Benoit.
Here's the full list of picks the 49ers hold in the 2019 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, pick 2 (No. 2 overall):
Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
Andy Benoit's grade: A
The Niners forced seven turnovers in 2018, four fewer than the league’s previous all-time low. That’s staggering, given that they primarily run a traditional Seahawks-style zone scheme, where players keep the action in front of them and rally to the ball. With this approach, a lack of turnovers stems especially from your pass rush failing to disrupt the quarterback. The Niners, who rely on a four-man rush and generated no pressure off the edges last year, took a huge step earlier this offseason by trading for Kansas City’s Dee Ford. Adding Bosa could make them the NFL’s fastest-rising defense in 2019. He’ll likely align outside, opposite Ford and with underrated long-armed monster DeForest Buckner between them. But like his brother Joey, Nick Bosa can also rush from inside in obvious passing situations. The Niners now have a lot of weapons and options up front.
Round 2, pick 4 (No. 36 overall): Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Andy Benoit's grade: B
Some believe that Samuel will need the aid of schemed tactics like bunch alignments and pre-snap motion to help beat press coverage. Fortunately, Kyle Shanahan’s detailed, pass-friendly system is ripe with those. After drafting Dante Pettis last year, the Niners now have two young receivers to move around the formation, along with star tight end George Kittle and stud receiving backs Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon.
Round 3, pick 3 (No. 67 overall): Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor
Andy Benoit's grade: B-
As we covered in the Deebo Samuel write-up, San Francisco’s scheme is receiver-friendly, assuming that receiver has respectable fundamentals. With Hurd, that may take time, as his experience is predominantly at running back. Hurd appears to simply give the Niners depth and options, but given that this team had other needs (namely defensive back), we can assume he wouldn’t be here unless Kyle Shanahan had a specific plan for him.
Round 4, pick 8 (No. 110 overall): Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah
Round 5, pick 10 (No. 148 overall): Dre Greenlaw, LB, Arkansas
Round 6, pick 3 (No. 176 overall): Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford
Round 6, pick 10 (No. 183 overall): Justin Skule, OT, Vanderbilt
Round 6, pick 25 (No. 198 overall): Tim Harris, CB, Virginia
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