This may be obscenely early… but I’m going to grade the picks made by the 49ers in the 2019 NFL Draft, as one must so soon afterwards. John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan made a total of eight selections hoping to improve their rosters depth and quality.

Round 1, #2 overall, Nick Bosa, DE: This was a no brainer – a great pass rusher with polish and the work ethic to make an immediate impact for a team who only had 37 sacks last season. Listening to Lynch speak after choosing Bosa, it appears he and Quinnen Williams were the only players under consideration for this pick. Grade: A+

Round 2, #36 overall, Deebo Samuel, WR: A quick glance at Samuel’s highlights will tell you that this was a much needed player. He possesses strong hands, explosiveness, toughness and the ability to be a go to weapon for Jimmy Garoppolo. The former Gamecock can lineup in the slot and outside the numbers which the 49ers badly needed. Grade: A+

Round 3, #67 overall, Jalen Hurd, WR: We’ve been clamouring for a receiver with size for years and the front office has responded by adding former Tennessee and Baylor player Jalen Hurd. Landing a 6’5, 230 pound receiver who has good hands, runs surprisingly good routes at his stature, plus has considerable room for growth makes this pick extremely exciting. The coaching staff will be hoping to refine his skills and take advantage of his physicality after the catch. Grade: B

Round 4, #110 overall, Mitch Wishnowsky, P: After Bradley Pinion’s departure, the 49ers had a need at punter so they selected one out of Utah. Wishnowsky can handle kickoffs, has two powerful legs and he is capable of punting with both feet (making the two powerful legs more relevant than it would normally be for a kicker!). This pick raised eyebrows but when you look closely you can see exactly why the team decided to go this route. Changing field position whilst pining the opponent deep inside their territory gives our deep defensive line ample opportunities to rush the passer and force turnovers. I really like this pick despite thinking it was a bit early. Grade: B+

Round 5, #148 overall, Dre Greenlaw, LB: With Brock Coyle’s retirement and the uncertain future of Malcom Smith, this selection was made with one eye on the 2020 season. Greenlaw is an athletic linebacker with good coverage skills. He plays with effort and is a decent tackler. Greenlaw will nevertheless need time to improve his play strength and technique. John Lynch said the coaches graded Greenlaw as good fit for a special teams role which most late round picks need to do while fighting for playing time. Overall this was a solid depth pick at a position of need. Grade: B

Round 6, #176 overall, Kaden Smith, TE: Stanford player anyone?! The depth chart behind Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle was underwhelming, so the 49ers decided to add Kaden Smith, a sure-handed pass catcher who possesses good blocking ability. At 6’5 250 pounds he has the requisite size; he runs good routes and plays the game with an infectious physicality which seems to be a theme with this year’s draft picks. The downside is Smith has average athleticism and he’s  slower than you’d like (he run 4.90 40 at the combine.) Expect early contributions from this player because of the scheme he came from and his intelligence. Grade: B

Round 6, #183 overall, Justin Skule, OT: A roll of the dice on a solid offensive line prospect hoping he can battle for a swing tackle job. He possesses great size and experience which will help his chances of making the roster. Grade C+

Round 6, #198 overall, Tim Harris, CB: Harris has the stipulated size to play corner in the 49ers’ scheme and he’ll come into camp hoping to sneak on to the roster or practice squad. A solid height-weight-speed late round flier for the team who graded very well in coverage last season from PFF. Grade: C+