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AdrianLesnar Final Mock - Dreaming of a Superbowl

Pre-Draft Free Agency:

Maurice Hurst, DT3T
Ben Garland, IOL

Draft:

*TRADE* SF trades R1P3 and R2P43 to ATL for R1P4, R2P35 and R3P68

R1P4: Justin Fields, QB

I have it on good faith that the 49ers REALLY like Trey Lance. I won't pretend to know who the 49ers are going to select, but based on the information from my source, gun to my head, I would choose Trey Lance as the favorite to be drafted. Now, I did not get info from that same source about Justin Fields, but I'd have to assume he is close. I might be telling ATL, of which Trey Lance is a rumored target and perfect fit given their current scenario, that while we are slightly leaning Trey Lance, a swap of seconds and their third rounder would be enough to sway our decision and guarantee them their guy. Enough has been said about Fields on here, and so I'll just leave it at I think he can take this team to the next level, and when tasked with picking between Justin Fields or the guy with such a high ceiling that he may even develop into Justin Fields…. well, my pick is obvious.

R2P35: Jason Oweh, EDGE

It looks like the Niners and Dee Ford are both hopeful that he may be able to get on the field this year, but I just can't depend on that. Even if he does, what production can he offer beyond this year? Jason Oweh is an odd case, and a potentially golden opportunity – not often do you have literally the perfect prospect from a size and athleticism standpoint available in the second round because of a head-scratchingly complete absence of production. I'm willing to gamble that, as a designated pass rusher, and especially opposite Bosa, Oweh can be an immediate contributor, and a long term Ford (and Armstead) replacement.

*TRADE* SF trades Jimmy Garoppolo and Jeff Wilson Jr. to DEN for R2P40 and R6P191

R2P40: Travis Etienne, RB

Rumors are rampant that DEN is ready to move on from Lock, as they really have a stacked group of offensive skill players built to win now if they can just plug in a QB. Not quite as rampant, but there have also been rumors of DEN's interest in Jimmy G, likely aided by our relationship with their front office. I'd assume that Mac Jones is the only QB still available at the time of their pick in the 1st round, and he may even be off the board by then if another team decides to jump ahead of them. Either way, I think DEN would rather spend a second rounder on Jimmy G who can plug right in if healthy than take the gamble on a similar talent in Mac Jones with a top ten pick of which 4 of the previous picks were used on QB, leaving their choice of blue-chip talent. Jeff Wilson Jr. becomes redundant and expensive with the signing of Gallman, and while I am really sad to see him go, DEN has more use for him with Phillips leaving and their RB corps thinning out as a result. Travis Etienne, however, is not redundant. He is a true #1 RB, and with Mostert likely paid elsewhere after this final year, he is primed to be our #1. Hopefully, though, we realize this year how unstoppable a 1-2 punch of speed in Mostert and Etienne truly is, and we are able to keep both players in the future.

R3P68: Spencer Brown, OT

Mike McGlinchey is on the final year of his contract and has not earned a second one. Spencer Brown is a near identical copy of Mike McGlinchey coming out of the draft, albeit with a lower floor -- hence the difference in draft capital -- but with much higher upside given his all-time elite athleticism paired with his length. He rewrote the record books with his pro-day performance, and his numbers translate to the field with his easy movement skills, explosiveness off the snap, and abnormal bend for a player his height. Add in that he has been training with Joe Staley, who raves about him, and you know that the Niners are interested.

R3P102: Benjamin St. Juste, CB

It's no secret that our CB room needs some help. I absolutely fell in love with St. Juste during the senior bowl. I was already intrigued because of his ridiculous length, but watching the way he moved and how fluid he moved and flipped his hips at his size, I was enamored. Watch the kid interview, and he just screams maturity and confidence. I saw Crocker comp him to Ahkello Witherspoon because of similar length, athleticism, and movement skills. It would seem that St. Juste has the mental aspect that was apparently holding back Ahkello's game from reaching its potential on a consistent basis.

R4P117: Kendrick Green, IOL

Green has positional versatility, but I am drafting him specifically to play center. Ridiculous athleticism, good size, and eye catching grip and upper body strength have me feeling like we may truly only need Alex Mack as a one season stop gap. Green particularly shines as a zone lineman as he reaches, pulls, and climbs as well as anyone.

R5P155: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR/PR/KR

Smith-Marsette will be a much better pro than college player once he is in a system that lets him shine. A 110m hurdle champion, he is both a speedy deep threat and a springy route runner. Where he really shines as a target for the Niners is in his YAC ability. He is a very creative runner who excels in space, and when we're not using Smith-Marsette to dial up deep shots for Fields, we will be giving opposing defensive coordinators fits trying to figure out who's getting the ball between him, Deebo, Aiyuk, and the running backs.

R5P172: James Wiggins, S

Wiggins is only available because of injury history. He is one of the most athletic safeties in the class, and can be used in that new safety-linebacker hybrid position that is becoming popular in the league. Personally, I also think he can play corner, as I comp him favorably to L'Jarius Sneed who played great for the Chiefs last year.

R5P180: Keith Taylor, CB

I was high on Keith Taylor before the start of the season, but I really fell in love with him at the Senior Bowl. Similar to St Juste, this is a big human with long arms who should not be moving nearly as effortlessly as he does. He did give up some catches at the Senior Bowl, both in practices and in the game, and I want to say I remember him giving up a touchdown, but even on these completions that he gave up, he was ALWAYS in phase. That's what I care to see. We can coach him up on how to finish at the catch point, but he already possess everything that can't be taught.

R6P191: Alaric Jackson, OT

Alaric Jackson was a good tackle in college but will need to move inside at the next level. He reminds me of Laken Tomlinson. Being inside will mask some of his deficiencies, but he is an absolute people mover.

R6P194: Janarius Robinson, DE

Height: 6053
Weight: 263 lbs.
Arm: 35-1/4" (!!)
Hand: 10-7/8" (!!)
Bench: 25 (!!)
40: 4.69
10: 1.64
Vert: 34"
Broad: 121"

Oh, and he's got good ankle flexion and snap anticipation to boot.

R7P230: Jonathan Marshall, DT3T

Height: 6031
Weight: 310
Bench: 36
40: 4.88
10: 1.67
Vert: 32"
Broad: 114"

UDFA: Donald Hammond III, QB

Raw as heck and coming from a triple option system, Hammon may never amount to anything. But if you want to talk about arm talent complemented by the ability to run, Hammond has it in spades. I'd argue that any ball Zach Wilson can throw, Hammond can too. The question is, will he be able to do everything else that an NFL QB needs to do?

UDFA: Kene Nwangwu

It's obvious what Mostert's 4.2 speed has done for the offense, and in this mock, we added the 4.3 speed of Etienne. Kene Nwangwu looks to have easy speed somewhere in between the two, and I'd love to see what would happen if able to plug all three into the offense. If Etienne can prove to be an effective between-the-tackles runner at the NFL level, which I believe he has the strength and contact balance to do, and Kene can develop as a pass catching option, which I also believe he can do, then we may be looking at a 3-headed monster in the near future.

Post Draft Free Agency:

Ronald Blair, DE
Steven Nelson, CB
Jamar Taylor, CB

Key Positional Breakdown:

QB: Justin Fields, Josh Rosen, Nate Sudfeld (PS: Donald Hammond III)

Justin Fields is the obvious QB of the future. I was a Rosen truther coming into that draft, and I do believe he still has potential to be an elite backup.

OL: Trent Williams, Laken Tomlinson, Alex Mack, Daniel Brunskill, Mike McGlichey, Spencer Brown, Kendrick Green, Alaric Jackson, Ben Garland

Having Alex Mack anchoring the center position, and allowing Brunskill some positional certainty should make our offensive line much stronger than last year. Having Spencer Brown, Kendrick Green, and Alaric Jackson waiting in the wings makes me think next years will be even stronger. We will likely carry one more outside lineman than I have listed here (Shon Coleman?), but Brunskill is effectively the 6th OL or swing tackle if mandated by injury, with Alaric Jackson also able to play outside in a pinch, and Green and Garland able to plug in anywhere along the interior.

RB: Raheem Mostert, Travis Etienne, Wayne Gallman (PS: Kene Nwangwu, JaMycal Hasty)

Speed, speed, speed. The run game has been our strength under Shanny, and it will now be stronger than ever with Shanny finally getting his feature back that he was hoping Jet McKinnon or Joe Williams would be. Mostert and Etienne will be option 1A and 1B with Gallman handling the tough short yardage carries. Ideally Mostert stays beyond this year, Etienne is a true bell cow that can also be relied upon for short yardage situations, and we plug in Nwangwu as a much more dynamic replacement for Gallman. More likely, however, is that Nwangwu is replacing Mostert's speed next year.

FB: Kyle Juszczyk

Nothing needs to be said here.

WR: Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel, Jalen Hurd, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Jauan Jennings, Richie James Jr.

I was hoping we'd keep Bourne, as I'm not huge on WR5 and WR6, but I think this has a chance to be the best WR corps under this regime if Hurd can actually get healthy. The first 4 options are very strong, and if Justin Fields is as advertised, we are going to be very scary.

TE: George Kittle, Charlie Woerner, Ross Dwelley

I'm probably looking to draft a TE next year pending the development of Woerner, but any TE room that includes George Kittle is immediately to be considered elite.

DL: Arik Armstead, DJ Jones, Javon Kinlaw, Nick Bosa, Samson Ebukam, Zach Kerr, Maurice Hurst, Ronald Blair, Jason Oweh, Darrion Daniels (PS: Janarius Robinson, Jonathan Marshall)

Robinson and Marshall may make the roster, but they are raw. Their athletic upside, however, is higher than any backup on our roster, and so expect them to play sooner rather than later in their NFL careers. If this defensive line can stay healthy, the Niners are back atop the defensive power rankings.

LB: Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw, Azeez Al-Shaair, Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles

While we likely look to free agency or the draft next year to improve the backend of the LB corps, Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw are elite, and should prohibit any major resources from being spent on the position. Personally, Al-Shaair consistently impresses me when he is able to see the field in relief duty.

DB: Jason Verrett, Steven Nelson, K'waun Williams, Jaquiski Tartt, Jimmie Ward, Emmanuel Mosely, Benjamin St. Juste, Keith Taylor, Tarvarius Moore, James Wiggins [PUP: Jamar Taylor] (PS: Obi Melifonwu)

Emmanuel Mosely has looked really good at times, but he is a CB3 or CB2 on a good day. Jason Verrett and Steven Nelson are a much better starting duo, and you can feel very confident if Mosely needs to step in. I'd expect St. Juste to also be ready fairly early in his career. Taylor and Ward have NCB versatility and so I would not keep a true backup NCB on the roster unless and until Taylor is ready to go. I'm likely looking to NCB next year in the draft.

In the draft we added:
2 key starters (Justin Fields, Travis Etienne)
1 key rotational player (Jason Oweh)
3 depth players (Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Benjamin St. Juste, Keith Taylor)
4 backups with a chance to replace expiring contracts and start next year (Spencer Brown, Kendrick Green, Alaric Jackson, James Wiggins)
3 developmental players (Janarius Robinson, Jonathan Marshall, Kene Nwangwu)
1 prayer (Donald Hammond III)

In free agency we added:
1 key starter (Steven Nelson)
2 key rotational players (Ronald Blair, Maurice Hurst)
2 depth players (Ben Garland, Jamar Taylor)
Sick draft. Hear hear. I would draft a cb higher but other than that excellent job
I honestly think we keep Jimmy for the yr. I'm not a Oweh guy...he's pretty damn raw for my liking at that pick.

Everyone else I love...good job.

End of the day I think we will come away with less picks than what we started with, I see some future picks and also think that's a reason we keep Jimmy 2022 draft picks.
Mo Hurst, 1 for 1 so far!
You heard it here first: Fields isn't the pick

Lance it is...I hope.
  • nn99
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Originally posted by adrianlesnar:
You heard it here first: Fields isn't the pick

Lance it is...I hope.

You think it's true that the front office prefers Lance, and the Shanahans prefer Jones? If true, I think we know who's gonna win
Hard to argue any of your picks. Looks really good. If I had to nitpick I'd say we are looking for more of an upgrade at WR/TE.
S.Nelson is a great addition
even though I know Shanny gets production from no name RB's
I've always wanted to see what happens when he has a stud at RB.
Etienne could be something else in this offense
Originally posted by nn99:
You think it's true that the front office prefers Lance, and the Shanahans prefer Jones? If true, I think we know who's gonna win

I know for certain that it's currently only a two man race. I am [extremely] confident, but less so, that fields is the odd man out.
[ Edited by adrianlesnar on Apr 24, 2021 at 2:17 PM ]
Originally posted by adrianlesnar:
I know for certain that it's currently only a two man race. I am [extremely] confident, but less so, that fields is the odd man out.

This is feeling like Mac if Fields is out of the picture. Hopefully you hear good news about Lance.
  • nn99
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Originally posted by adrianlesnar:
I know for certain that it's currently only a two man race. I am [extremely] confident, but less so, that fields is the odd man out.

Looks like your sources are legit

[ Edited by nn99 on Apr 25, 2021 at 7:09 PM ]

Originally posted by adrianlesnar:
I know for certain that it's currently only a two man race. I am [extremely] confident, but less so, that fields is the odd man out.

Great scoop man! Keep them coming :)
Originally posted by nn99:
Looks like your sources are legit



Originally posted by Costanza:
Great scoop man! Keep them coming :)

It's not like I'm talking to Lynch, Shanny, or York, and so I could too be wrong....man I hope I'm wrong or Thursday is going to be so depressing. With that said, I do wonder if medicals / epilepsy played a role. It was explained to me as if Fields wasn't even close, almost as if he wasnt even touchable
Originally posted by adrianlesnar:
Originally posted by nn99:
Looks like your sources are legit



Originally posted by Costanza:
Great scoop man! Keep them coming :)

It's not like I'm talking to Lynch, Shanny, or York, and so I could too be wrong....man I hope I'm wrong or Thursday is going to be so depressing. With that said, I do wonder if medicals / epilepsy played a role. It was explained to me as if Fields wasn't even close, almost as if he wasnt even touchable

Interesting. There might be something to the epilepsy thing....I thought it was weird that they leaked that to Rapaport. Almost like they're preparing people for Fields to slide?

Could also be the Niners just don't like him. But what you heard about him not being "touchable" says to me that it might be some medical issue or something we don't know about. Who knows...
[ Edited by Costanza on Apr 25, 2021 at 8:35 PM ]
Originally posted by Costanza:
Originally posted by adrianlesnar:
Originally posted by nn99:
Looks like your sources are legit



Originally posted by Costanza:
Great scoop man! Keep them coming :)

It's not like I'm talking to Lynch, Shanny, or York, and so I could too be wrong....man I hope I'm wrong or Thursday is going to be so depressing. With that said, I do wonder if medicals / epilepsy played a role. It was explained to me as if Fields wasn't even close, almost as if he wasnt even touchable

Interesting. There might be something to the epilepsy thing....I thought it was weird that they leaked that to Rapaport. Almost like they're preparing people for Fields to slide?

Could also be the Niners just don't like him. But what you heard about him not being "touchable" says to me that it might be some medical issue or something we don't know about. Who knows...

Or, hopefully, they just really don't want people to know that they're actually taking fields
Originally posted by adrianlesnar:
Or, hopefully, they just really don't want people to know that they're actually taking fields

I just don't see the reason for smokescreening this hard given the top 2 picks are locked in. Stranger things have happened though.
[ Edited by Costanza on Apr 25, 2021 at 11:40 PM ]
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