San Francisco 49ers NFL Draft 2024 guide: Picks, predictions and top needs

“The Beast,” Dane Brugler’s comprehensive guide to the NFL Draft, is here.

The San Francisco 49ers have the 31st pick in the NFL Draft when Round 1 begins on April 27 in Detroit. The 49ers own a total of 10 picks in the seven-round draft. That includes a fourth-round pick they received from the Dallas Cowboys in the Trey Lance trade last summer and four compensatory selections. Their original fourth-round pick was moved to the end of that round due to an accounting error that also cost them their 2025 fifth-round pick.

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NFL Draft Details

• Round 1: April 25, 8:00 PM ET
• Rounds 2-3: April 26, 7:00 PM ET
• Rounds 4-7: April 27, noon ET

All rounds will be broadcast on ESPN/ABC and NFL Network and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.

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About the 49ers

• Head coach: Kyle Shanahan (eighth season with team)
• Last year’s record: 12-5

There were times last season when the 49ers looked like the top team in the NFL. They rolled over the Cowboys early and strangled the Philadelphia Eagles so badly in early December that they never recovered. However, the talented 49ers could also look flat, as they did during a three-game losing skid and even at the start of the playoffs. One of the problems was a defense that struggled to get consistent pressure from the edges and often struggled to stop the run. The 49ers replaced coordinator Steve Wilks with an in-house assistant, Nick Sorensen, and they revamped their defensive line, including adding veteran edge rusher Leonard Floyd. Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch hope the changes will lead to a more consistent unit in 2024.

The 49ers’ key position needs

Offensive tackle: Left tackle Trent Williams will be 36 when the season starts, and Colton McKivitz is a serviceable, but not elite, right tackle. The 49ers could benefit from unusual depth at the position and find someone who can compete with McKivitz now and perhaps take over for Williams down the road. The 49ers could even trade up to the first round to find a tackle they like.

Recipient: All signs point to the 49ers keeping their top receiver triumvirate – Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel and Jauan Jennings – intact in 2024. But before 2025, Aiyuk wants a big contract extension, Jennings is scheduled for unrestricted free agency and the 49ers have an escape hatch in Samuel’s hefty contract. All of this suggests the team has acquired a receiver early and is grooming him for a significant role next season.

Nickel corner spine: As it stands now, Deommodore Lenoir is the team’s top nickel option for 2024. But he’s also one of the 49ers’ top two outside cornerbacks. One solution is to use a Day 2 pick on a nickel cornerback, allowing Lenoir to stay in one spot. Led by Michigan’s Mike Sainristil, it’s a good draft for fast, tough nickelbacks.

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April 17: Dane Brugler’s full seven-round mock | David Lombardi response
Our draft expert projects all 257 picks, including 10 for the 49ers.

11 April: David Lombardi’s fake design
It’s unlikely that ten rookies will make it to this team anyway, so it makes sense to make a choice to move up.

April 8: Nick Baumgardner’s fake design
A lineman with guard/tackle flexibility gives the 49ers options.

April 4: Matt Barrows’ fake design
A 10-spot trade will net an offensive lineman and a well-known family name will be added in a later round.

April 4: Bruce Feldman’s fake design
Feldman’s coaching information has him bolstering the 49ers’ offensive line in the first round.

March 25: Ben Standig’s experimental design
A best-player-available approach gives the 49ers a cornerback at No. 31.

21 March: Beat writer mock concept 2.0
David Lombardi takes a versatile offensive lineman.

March 5th: Dane Brugler’s mock design after the combination
Brugler also goes on offense in the first round, with eight tackles selected.

The 49ers’ last five top picks

2023: S Ji’Ayir Brown, pick No. 87 – A third-round pick, Brown took over safely after Talanoa Hufanga tore his ACL in Week 11. Brown’s performance was rookie-like – uneven – down the homestretch, but he looked good in the Super Bowl, which included an interception. He is in a good position to be one of the starters at safety when the season starts.

2022: THE Drake Jackson, pick No. 61 – Jackson played a role as a backup defensive end as 2023 began. But similar to his rookie campaign in 2022, his playing time steadily decreased. He ended up on injured reserve midway through the season with a knee problem and never played again. Jackson will compete with 2023 rookie Robert Beal Jr. this season. for play time.

2021: QB Trey Lance, pick No. 3 – It turns out that 2021 wasn’t a great year for quarterbacks, as many of the teams that drafted one early on have already parted ways with the player. That includes the oft-injured Lance, who lost out to Sam Darnold to be the best backup to start the season. The 49ers then sent him to the Cowboys for a fourth-round pick – No. 125 – in this month’s draft.

2020: DT Javon Kinlaw, pick No. 14 – Finally over the knee issue that plagued him early, Kinlaw had the best season of his career in 2023, finishing with 3 1/2 sacks. Still, he never became a full-time starter, the 49ers did not pick up his fifth-year option and the New York Jets signed him to a one-year deal last month. The 49ers had hoped Kinlaw could fill in for DeForest Buckner, whom they traded in 2020. Buckner has 32 1/2 sacks since the trade; Kinlaw has five.

2019: THE Nick Bosa, pick No. 2 — Before the 2023 season began, the 49ers rewarded Bosa with a five-year contract, making him the highest-paid defensive player in the league. But he didn’t sign until early September, which could have led to a slow start. However, Bosa quickly caught up. He was strong in the Super Bowl, posting a season-high 12 quarterback pressures.

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