Round 1: Pick 9 — Minkah Fitzpatrick (S) ALA

Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick is a lock to go in the top-10 in the 2018 NFL Draft. The team that lands him will be extremely thankful. Image credit: Mark J. Rebilas — USA Today Sports

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

Rutgers edge Kemoko Turay (#58) is 6’6″, 220 LBS, and would be an instant upgrade for the 49ers off the edge. Image credit: Juan Martinez — Double G Media

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

BYU LB Fred Warner (#4) came into college as a 4-star recruit, but his poor attitude and work ethic caused him to not quite live up to the expectations. Warner appears to have that in check, and the 49ers could greatly benefit from a player of his caliber. Image credit: Trent Nelson — The Salt Lake City Tribune

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

Colorado St. WR Michael Gallup (#4) stands at 6’1″, 200 LBS with 9 & 1/4″ hands. He ran a 4.51/40, and has the chance to become a solid starter with the 49ers. Image credit: Adam Bettcher — Getty Images

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

Ohio St. LB Jerome Baker (#17) drew an NFL comparison to the Falcon’s (and also former-OSU LB) Darron Lee by NFL Network’s Lance Zierlein. Image credit: Jamie Sabau — Getty Images

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

Tennessee RB John Kelly (#4) is a power-runner that operates with a low center of gravity. He would be a nice addition to the running backs already in SF. Image credit: Jim Brown — USA Today Sports

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

TCU OT Joe Noteboom (#68) is 6’6″, 319 LBS with 34 & 3/8″ hands. He has the frame to put on more weight, which he’ll have to do to succeed in the NFL. Image credit: Wesley Hitt — Getty Images

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

Virginia QB Kurt Benkert (#6) stands tall at 6’4″. Benkert is a total hit-or-miss, and if he makes the final 53, he has the chance to develpop into a solid backup or third-stringer. Image credit: Mark Gormus — Times Dispatch

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

South Florida CB Deatrick Nichols (#3) lucked out on a handful of his interceptions in his career, which might be a bit misleading when looking at the stats. His best chance is in the slot. Image credit: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports

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.