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Top 49ers Offensive Prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft

Apr 23, 2024 at 7:15 AM


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With the 2024 NFL Draft just around the corner, the anticipation is palpable as San Francisco prepares to make their first first-round selection in over two years. Here, I present the top prospects for each offensive position, both inside and outside the top 100, with their potential to shape the team's future and draft grades.

Quarterback - Michael Penix Jr., Washington

2nd-round grade

Strengths:

  • Pocket passer
  • High IQ and processing
  • Blitz beater

Concerns:

  • Durability (Four season-ending injuries)
  • Accuracy outside the pocket.

Michael Penix Jr. is a great pocket-passing quarterback with a high IQ pre- and post-snap. He can read the defense well and beat the blitz under pressure. He is very accurate when throwing deep downfield.

Quarterback - Jordan Travis, Florida State

5th-round grade

Strengths:

  • Leadership
  • Athleticism
  • Ability to throw on the run

Concerns:

  • Size
  • Pocket presence
  • Durability

Jordan Travis is a pure passer with good timing and accuracy in the short and intermediate areas of the field. He is also an athlete who is fearless in using his legs to extend the play from the line of scrimmage. Under pressure, Travis tends to rush his decision-making and make ill-advised throws.

Running Back - Jaylen Wright, Tennessee

3rd-round grade

Strengths:

  • Top speed
  • Inside/outside zone
  • Pass protection

Concerns:

  • Route running
  • Isolated opportunities

Jaylen Wright is one of the most physical runners with 4.3-speed, agility. and good vision to cut back. He struggles to run the entire route tree but is excellent in pass protection. Wright will also present the option of being a return man on special teams.

Running Back - Isaac Guerendo, Louisville

4th-5th round grade

Strengths:

  • Patience and vision
  • Short-yardage and goal-line
  • Speed to win on the edge

Concerns:

  • Injuries
  • Pass protection
  • Lack of bursts

Isaac Guerendo is the fastest running back in the draft, with 4.33 speed. He is most familiar with the zone-based running scheme and has outstanding open-field speed, which allows him to pull away from defenders. Guerendo tends to run with a high pad level, allowing defenders to tackle him more easily.

Wide Receiver - Adonai Mitchell, Texas

1st-2nd round grade

Strengths:

  • Quick release
  • Route running
  • Ball tracking

Concerns:

  • Beating press defenders

Adonai Mitchell is a smooth route runner who creates separation from defenders all over the field. He has elite 4.3 speed and could be a dynamic X receiver at the next level. Mitchell struggles against physical corners who like to press. He will have to figure out how to consistently beat press man coverage in the NFL.

Wide Receiver - Tahj Washington, USC

5th-6th grade

Strengths:

  • Great hands
  • High IQ
  • Off-script plays

Concerns:

  • Size
  • Beating press man

Tahj Washington is a versatile receiver with 4.5 speed. Washington finished the 2023 season at USC with over 1000 yards. His greatest attribute is his ability to make a play-off script. Also, he lacks elite speed; he can dominate using his quick moves in the slot. Washington's size and weight force him to struggle against pressman defenders when lined up outside.

Tight End - Ben Sinnott, Kansas State

3rd-round grade

Strengths:

  • Run blocking
  • Versatility
  • Motor

Concerns:

  • Creating separation
  • Speed to run vertical

Ben Sinnott is the second-best tight end in the draft overall. His versatility allows him to line up at different positions in the formation: outside, inline, or in the backfield. He's a good pass catcher and run blocker. Sinnott's lack of speed enables him to separate downfield. Sinnott may not be the most explosive tight end, but he consistently moves the chains.

Tight End - Tip Reiman, Illinois

6th-round grade

Strengths:

  • Size
  • Inline blocking
  • Strength

Concerns:

  • YAC

Tip Reiman is one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft. He plays with excellent leverage and explodes off of the line of scrimmage. Reiman has good hands but struggles with his release versus man coverage. Don't expect yards after the catch from Reiman. He would be the 49ers' Charlie Woerner 2.0.

Center - Jackson Powers-Johnson, Oregon

1st-2nd-round grade

Strengths:

  • Physical and mean
  • Athleticism
  • Great hand use

Concerns:

  • Quickness

Although Kyle Shanahan prefers quick centers who can move, Jackson Powers-Johnson will bring a different dynamic to the offensive line with his mean streak and physical style of play. His ability to kick inside to guard makes him versatile. Powers-Johnson makes all the calls up front on the offensive line and could be the perfect future center for the San Francisco 49ers.

Center - Hunter Nourzad, Penn State

4th-round grade

Strengths:

  • Mauling hands
  • Efficient movement skills in both pass and run game
  • Initial quickness

Concerns:

  • Struggles against stunts
  • Injuries
  • Age (Will turn 25 after the draft)

Hunter Nourzad is an athletic center that has very dangerous hands. He obtains an Ivy League degree in engineering from Cornell. Although he lacks elite athleticism, he's a smart guy who uses smarts and techniques against defenses.

Guard - Christian Haynes, UConn

2nd-round grade

Strengths:

  • Physical and mean
  • Wide zone blocking
  • Explosive

Concerns:

  • Size

Don't judge a book by its cover and be fooled by Christian Haynes's size. Haynes is one of the best finishers in the 2024 NFL Draft. He perfectly fits Shanahan's outside zone because UConn ran a similar system. Hayne has active hands and a powerful first strike off the line of scrimmage.

Guard - Mason McCormick, South Dakota

4th-round grade

Strengths:

  • Finisher
  • Pulling
  • Mean streak

Concerns:

  • Footwork

Mason McCormick is one of the meanest guards entering the NFL. He's one of the best finishers and punishes defenders in the run game. Let's say he loves to put people in the dirt. McCormick's inconsistency shows up in pass protection due to a lack of footwork.

Tackle - Roger Rosengarten, Washington

2nd-3rd-round grade

Strengths:

  • Athleticism
  • Zone scheme fit
  • Hand strength

Concerns:

  • Pad level
  • Play strength

Roger Rosengarten is an average pass protector with excellent hand strength to keep defenders from getting inside or outside. His strength lies in his run blocking, where he's able to use his speed in athleticism. Rosengarten's athleticism would thrive in an outside-zone running system.

Tackle - Jovon Foster, Missouri

4th-5th-round grade

Strengths:

  • Outside zone scheme fit
  • Great angles
  • Good against twists and stunts

Concerns:

  • Natural strength
  • Footwork
  • Plays high

Javon Foster is one of the best run-blocking tackles in the draft. In pass protection, Foster needs to lower his pad level so he doesn't get pushed back into the backfield. He can identify stunts and twists well but struggles against the power moves.



The 49ers have ten picks in the upcoming draft. Only some of the selections will be on the offensive side, but if the team can get a player or two off this list, they will be in good hands for years to come.
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    Wayne Breezie is a 49ers content creator. He had his first guest appearance on Ronbosports in 2012. He began writing for a Facebook group called the League of the 49ers. Next, he began writing for Nothing But Niners in 2017. In 2018, Wayne Breezie made his debut on YouTube’s Nothing But Niners show. In 2019, he started his podcast called Nitty Gritty Niners. After putting the pen down for several years, Breezie saw an opportunity to write for 49erscap.com. His first published article was in January of 2022 with 49ersCap, and he currently writes and produces weekly podcasts.



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