Once again, the San Francisco 49ers made it to the NFC Championship Game and fell short, losing to the Philadelphia Eagles. They have consistency, but depth at crucial positions keeps holding them back. They have the chance to address that in the 2023 NFL Draft, and in this mock draft they do exactly that.
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Pick 99: Jordan Battle, Safety, Alabama
Pick 101: Garrett Williams, Cornerback, Syracuse
Emmanuel Moseley departed in free agency, leaving an already thin position group with less talent. So, addressing this need early is going to be crucial for the 49ers, and they get a player in Williams who could’ve gone in the first had it not been for an ACL injury. Williams tracks the ball downfield extremely well and has the speed to stay with receivers as well. As a tackler, he does a great job of wrapping up as well, which helps when he is relied on in run support as well. Williams only allowed 92 receptions on 139 targets for 1,205 yards and eight touchdowns over three seasons, while securing four interceptions and 14 pass breakups. Williams can be relied on by San Francisco to bring a physical mindset each time he steps on the field.
Pick 102: Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, Cornerback, TCU
Pick 155: Olusegun Oluwatimi, Center, Michigan
Pick 164: Wanya Morris, Offensive Line, Oklahoma
After the departure of Mike McGlinchy, the two competing for the starting right tackle job are Colton McKivitz and Jaylon Moore. That isn’t fantastic, so adding another capable starter in Wanya Morris is the ideal move here. With 576 snaps at right tackle last season, Morris allowed only two sacks and eight total pressures. Morris plays with natural leverage and routinely wins at the point of attack because of that. The big thing with him is executing with better technique, but the athletic upside is there for Morris to develop into a long-term starter, and compete for a starting job as well.
Pick 173: Parker Washington, Wide Receiver, Penn State
Pick 216: Jalen Redmond, Defensive Line, Oklahoma
Pick 222: Brayden Willis, Tight End, Oklahoma
Pick 247: Tre Tucker, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati
Pick 253: Robert Beal Jr., Edge, Georgia
The 49ers and getting late round defensive linemen that they turn into stars goes hand in hand, and they could do so again with Beal. The edge group for the 49ers is headlined by Nick Bosa gets thin extremely quick. They did draft Drake Jackson last year, and Clelin Ferrell has turned his career around, but that’s about it. To add more depth is Beal, who had an under-the-radar career at Georgia. Still, he accumulated 55 pressures, and 10 sacks over that time. Routinely, Beal converts speed to power well to overwhelm blockers and plays with a hot motor on every play. Beal will need to work on his hand counters as they are a bit inconsistent, but with his athleticism, he will still make an impact.
Pick 255: D.J. Johnson, Edge, Oregon