Round 1: Pick 9 — Minkah Fitzpatrick (S) ALA
I originally had my eyes on Harold Landry or Roquan Smith, but with them both taken, Minkah was the consolation prize. Fitzpatrick is a true defensive back, as Eric Crocker has pointed out repeatedly, plug him in at any position in the secondary and he’ll likely succeed. With division-rivals Los Angeles Rams upgrading their wide receiving corps, the 49ers counteract with the addition of a potentially-elite defensive back in Fitzpatrick. Trent Baalke would be watering at the mouth while coaching this group of 49ers’ DB’s.
Round 2: Pick 27 — Kemoko Turay (EDGE) RUT
With Chubb and Landry gone before the 49ers picked the first time around, they finally address the edge position with Kemoko Turay out of Rutgers. Turay is a little bit raw and might need a little time to develop and come into his own in the NFL, but he will likely be worth the wait. He made a name for himself at the Senior Bowl, and just about everyone noticed. Turay could be the answer at the edge position for the future for the 49ers.
Round 3: Pick 6 — Fred Warner (LB) BYU
The 49ers select CA native Fred Warner to help solidify the middle of their defense. Warner is viewed as a new age, hybrid linebacker, and the fact that he plays exceptionally well on special teams will certainly help his case. He’s almost like a big safety playing down in the box. There are some character concerns regarding his motivation, but I think being close to home in Santa Clara will help Warner translate into the NFL as easily as possible.
Round 3: Pick 10 — Michael Gallup (WR) CSU
While the 49ers appear to be currently set at the wide receiver position, you can never have too much talent underneath the starters. Colorado St.’s Michael Gallup is a tad bit raw, but has all the tools necessary to become a solid WR2 in the NFL. His route-running improved greatly during his last season at Colorado St. and that should only continue to get better.
Round 4: Pick 28 — Jerome Baker (LB) OSU
Jerome Baker has shown fantastic leadership during his time at Ohio State, leadership that is drastically needed on the 49ers’ defense. He ran a 4.53/40 at the 2018 NFL Combine, showing teams his sideline-to-sideline speed. After the recent nightmares the 49ers have faced at the LB position, doubling down with Fred Warner and Jerome Baker can’t hurt.
Round 5: Pick 6 — John Kelly (RB) TEN
After spending the 2016 season behind star-running back Alvin Kamara, John Kelly finally had a breakout season in 2017 — finishing the year with 831 yards on 189 carries, and nine touchdowns . He was also found his stride in the passing game — catching 37 passes for 299 yards. He might not be Kamara, but Kelly would be an above-average addition at the position for the 49ers. Also, not having to start immediately would give him time to develop at his own pace.
Round 6: Pick 10 — Joe Noteboom (OG) TCU
Joe Noteboom shows flashes of all you’d want out of the prototypical OT, but he just is anything but consistent at that. He is extremely athletic, but just not strong enough currently to hold his own, especially in the NFL. If he is able to put on some weight and be more consistent in his game, Noteboom would be a solid starter or even better backup in the next few years to come on the 49ers.
Round 7: Pick 5 — Kurt Benkert (QB) VIR
If anything is NFL-ready with Virginia QB Kurt Benkert, it’s his arm strength! This guy is an absolute gunslinger. However, accuracy is definitely a problem with Benkert and will need to drastically improve on that to even make the roster in the first place. The 49ers should invest late in the draft in a developmental QB, just in case something drastic happens with CJ Beathard.
Round 7: Pick 22 — Deatrick Nichols (CB) USF
Deatrick Nichols is a bit undersized for the outside corner spot, but he would fit perfectly in the slot. He has great footwork, soft hands, and can close in on the ball very quickly. Nichols would have a solid chance at making the 49ers’ final 53-man roster.