The 49ers have both quality and quantity with their 2021 NFL Draft picks. After a blockbuster trade with Miami, San Francisco will begin its selections at No. 3 overall in the first round.
When the draft is finished, for now, the Niners will be on the clock an appropriate nine times, thanks to having three picks in the fifth round.
What might they do with that impressive haul with GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan? Here are Sporting News’ projections for the 49ers over seven rounds come April 29-May 1:
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49ers mock draft 2021
Round 1, Pick 3 (from Texans through Dolphins)
- Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (6-3, 214 pounds)
The 49ers moved up to get a QB to follow suit behind the Jaguars and Jets. Jones has been the early and consistent favorite to be the choice over North Dakota State’s Trey Lance and Ohio State’s Justin Fields because of a high floor with pocket awareness smarts, accuracy and decision-making that line up with Shanahan likes best in a passer. Lance has more upside overall and Fields brings the immediate running element, but Jones’ unique winning pedigree is appealing, too.
Round 2, Pick 43
- Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State (6-4, 315 pounds)
The 49ers gave left tackle Trent Williams a mega deal and reunited Shanahan with Alex Mack at center. But they could some youthful blocking burst for right guard. Davis was a rock for the Buckeyes’ rushing attack.
Round 3, Pick 102 (compensatory)
- Richard LeCounte III, S, Georgia (5-11, 190 pounds)
The 49ers aren’t desperate at safety with both Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt back in the fold as starters for one more season. But Ward will turn 30 this summer and Tartt, re-signed for only one year, will hit that mark in 2022. LeCounte can give them some versatile playmaking depth at first before competing to start.
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Round 4, Pick 117
- Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State (6-4, 203 pounds)
The 49ers have two after-catch playamkers on the front line with Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel but they could use a complementary home-run hitter with more traditional vertical attributes outside. Terry would be ideal for when they spread the field.
Round 5, Pick 155
- Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota (6-0, 202 pounds)
There’s good value to be had with this Canadian who has nice size and high effort. He’s a big, physical corner with some zone assets in coverage. St-Juste could end up replacing Ward in time, too, while LeCounte lines up for Tartt’s spot.
Round 5, Pick 172 (from Saints)
- Brenden Jaimes, OT/G, Nebraska (6-5, 298 pounds)
The 49ers can land an experienced swing backup here for their offensive line. Jaimes has natural quick feet for the outside but can develop into a stronger run blocker for some potential help inside.
Round 5, Pick 181 (compensatory)
- William Bradley-King, EDGE, Baylor (6-4, 252 pounds)
Bradley-King is a good late target to help the situational pass rush with his smarts, energy and variety of moves.
Round 6, Pick 195
- Pooka Williams Jr., RB, Kansas (5-9, 175 pounds)
The 49ers are rolling ahead with the 1-2 punch right for their scheme in Rahseem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr., but given those two’s recent durability issues, they need a viable third back. Here’s one that should remind them of Matt Breida. Williams is a tough change of pace with home-run ability.
Round 7, Pick 230
- Jose Borregales, K, Miami (5-10, 206 pounds)
Robbie Gould got signed for two more seasons, but he has limited range at 38 and the 49ers should think about bringing in some young booming competiton with their last pick.