placeholder image

Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Are these the 49ers’ ideal top 2 draft picks?

Apr 12, 2024 at 11:20 AM

Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
With the 2024 NFL Draft less than two weeks away, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter recently identified the ideal top two draft picks for each team. The San Francisco 49ers have 10 selections in the upcoming draft, with their first two picks at No. 31 overall and No. 63.

Reuter noted, "I kept some semblance of realism in this process, however, assigning each player only once and making reasonable projections of where prospects may be selected."

Who are the standout picks for the 49ers? Reuter envisions the team addressing both offense and defense with their initial selections. It's widely anticipated that San Francisco will bolster its offensive line with their first-round pick, a position largely ignored in free agency.

Reuter has singled out former Houston offensive tackle Patrick Paul as an excellent choice at No. 31 overall, providing competition at the right tackle position.

"Paul is a key selection for the Niners because star left tackle Trent Williams, who'll turn 36 years old this summer, misses a couple of contests each year, and Colton McKivitz could use some competition at right tackle," Reuter notes. "His length (36 1/4-inch arms), strength (30 bench reps) and agility (7.65 three-cone) are intriguing at 6-7 1/2 and 331 pounds."

Paul's stellar performance in the 2023 season earned him career-high overall (81.1) and pass-blocking (91.5) grades from Pro Football Focus. Throughout his collegiate career, he exclusively played at left tackle and allowed just nine pressures and one sack in 496 pass-blocking snaps last season.

Moving on to pick No. 63, Reuter sees former Rutgers cornerback Max Melton as an ideal fit for the 49ers.

"Melton's athletic combine display (4.39 40, 40.5-inch vertical, 11-foot-4 broad) put him on the map for the first two rounds, but teams like San Francisco needing depth at cornerback should also appreciate his eight career interceptions at Rutgers," Reuter wrote.

Three of those interceptions came during his senior 2023 campaign with the Scarlet Knights when the 6-foot Melton added 32 tackles, including four for a loss, a sack, and six passes defensed to his collegiate resume.

While he conceded 12 touchdowns over his career, Melton limited opposing quarterbacks to a 65.7 passer rating when targeted during the 2023 season.

Related News


More San Francisco 49ers News

placeholder image

49ers' Top 5 Non-Divisional Games for 2024

By Marc Adams
May 15

The NFL schedule has been released and the San Francisco 49ers now know when and where they will play each regular season game. The divisional games are always important. You want to win your division above all else. But the 49ers also have some important non-divisional games. Some of these games very well could play a part in NFC postseason seedings. Because of this, I've chosen three NFC games as the top non-divisional games for the 49ers. These are the five most important non-divisional games for the 49ers—the games that could play the biggest role in whether or not San Francisco wins a Super Bowl. RELATED: Complete 2024 San Francisco 49ers Schedule

placeholder image

Two 49ers land in top 10 of PFF's wide receiver ranking

By David Bonilla
5 hrs

The San Francisco 49ers' wide receiver situation remains unresolved as Brandon Aiyuk, the team's leading receiver last season, did not join organized team activities (OTAs) this week as he seeks a contract extension. This was expected, given the voluntary nature of the current phase of the offseason. Despite contract uncertainty, the top of the 49ers' wide receiver depth chart is not expected to change for the upcoming season. The starters will be Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel, with a healthy dose of Jauan Jennings and rookie Ricky Pearsall sprinkled in. This group is expected to pose a formidable challenge for opposing defenses, with Aiyuk and Samuel considered one of the top duos in the NFL. Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus recently

placeholder image

49ers sign 6th-round draft pick Jarrett Kingston to 4-yr, $4.16 million rookie deal

By David Bonilla
May 15

The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly signed former USC offensive lineman Jarrett Kingston to his rookie four-year deal. The team made him a sixth-round draft pick, selecting him 215th overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. This leaves wide receiver Ricky Pearsall, the team's first-round selection, as the only unsigned 49ers draft pick. According to, Kingston's four-year contract is worth about $4.16 million. This includes a signing bonus of approximately $138,000 and a 2024 salary-cap hit of about $830,000. When asked about his pre-draft evaluations, Kingston said, "I feel like I am athletic. I think whatever like the ratings were, but I feel like I'm really athletic. I think my background playing all these different positions, like defensive and tight

placeholder image

49ers unfazed by Brandon Aiyuk's absence; Brock Purdy opens up about draft day jitters

By David Bonilla
May 21

The San Francisco 49ers kicked off organized team activities (OTAs) this week, and star wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk was the most noticeable absentee. However, his absence wasn't unexpected. Aiyuk and the 49ers reportedly remain far apart in their contract extension negotiations, and this portion of the offseason remains voluntary. Head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked how he feels about Aiyuk not being around for OTAs. "The same as I do about all these guys that aren't here," Shanahan responded. "I mean, I wish they were here, but it's something that's part of the business. Anytime it's part the business part, you try to respect it, stay out of it as much as possible, and look


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone