The San Francisco 49ers have a few holes to fix in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. These holes are set to be patched over with the expectation that Jimmy Garoppolo will be moved, allowing Trey Lance to serve as the team’s starter in 2022. With that in mind, let’s get to the full 7-round 49ers’ mock draft ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft.
San Francisco 49ers 2022 7-Round Mock Draft
Here are projections of every pick the San Francisco 49ers could make within a 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft with the Pro Football Network staff as the general manager. This is what we would do with the picks after the board shook out while doing a full 7-round, 32-team mock draft.
Round 2, Pick 61: Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati
The 2021 Jim Thorpe Award winner heads to the Bay as Coby Bryant brings sticky coverage and a wealth of experience to San Francisco. Bryant, targeted heavily opposite Ahmad Gardner, made opposing quarterbacks pay for throwing his way in 2021. He rarely allowed much in his coverage. He’s a ballhawk with a tremendous football IQ and even better athleticism.
Round 3, Pick 93: Marquis Hayes, G, Oklahoma
Securing the services of Marquis Hayes here is a big move for the Niners. Hayes presents early Day 2 talent at a position that isn’t coveted by teams ahead of San Francisco through Round 3. He has plenty of skill with his run blocks, but Hayes is a sound pass protector and as experienced as they come in this class. Hayes could slide into either guard spot at a moment’s notice.
Round 3, Pick 105 (Resolution JC-2A selection): Zachary Carter, DL, Florida
A versatile rusher, Zachary Carter heads to San Francisco with the final pick of Round 3. He can rush inside (a seemingly more natural fit) or as far out as 9-tech. It doesn’t matter too much for Carter, as he presents a size and speed combination that allows him to win against any lineman. Given that he’s in between positions, Carter will have to be deployed sporadically and properly to maximize his skill set.
Round 4, Pick 134: Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada
There aren’t many better receivers at the catch point in this class than Romeo Doubs. Lance will love his services on straight-line routes as Doubs increases his route tree. The Nevada WR has sneaky speed that he didn’t get to showcase in the pre-draft process, but there are numerous examples on tape. Yet, his biggest assets are his hands and ability to separate at the catch point.
Round 5, Pick 172: Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia
There are a lot of bodies in the San Francisco cornerback room. They grab one more here, hoping that Derion Kendrick can remove the stink of his pre-draft testing results and return to the player that was once considered a potential Day 1 pick. Kendrick wasn’t impressive at the Georgia Pro Day, but he plays to a different speed thanks to his technique. He’s a technically proficient cover corner who may be best suited for a CB4 role — a role that is growing in importance in today’s NFL.
Round 6, Pick 187 (from DEN): Kadofi Wright, LB, Buffalo
Fred Warner’s don’t grow on trees, nor do Kadofi Wright’s. Wright is a true three-down linebacker with sideline-to-sideline ability and a great pass-rushing skill set. He’s a massive man with incredible athleticism he showcases on every down. Few have Wright’s size (6’3″, 229) and speed (4.61 40-yard dash) at the position without losing strength (18 bench reps).
Round 6, Pick 220 (compensatory selection): Brock Hoffman, C, Virginia Tech
The name of the game in the latter stages of the 2022 NFL Draft is versatility. Grabbing someone like Brock Hoffman with a compensatory pick in Round 6 is a terrific value. Hoffman can play either guard spot or stay inside at center in a few years once Alex Mack departs. He’s no stranger to a pancake block and has strength for days without losing balance.
Other players in consideration: Dawson Deaton, C, Texas Tech; Luke Wattenberg, C/G, Washington
Round 6, Pick 221 (compensatory selection): Jeffrey Gunter, EDGE, Coastal Carolina
A long EDGE with sneaky strength, Jeffrey Gunter lands with San Francisco to close out Round 6. Gunter uses that strength with his rushes, routinely knocking tackles back into the passing lanes or disrupting the point of attack on run plays. With 30 reps on the bench press at the Coastal Carolina Pro Day, he put the NFL world on notice, but that strength was more than apparent on his tape.
Other players in consideration: James Houston IV, LB, Jackson State; Josh Ross, LB, Michigan; Arron Mosby, DL, Fresno State
Round 7, Pick 262 (compensatory selection): Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State
With the final pick of the 2022 NFL Mock Draft, the 49ers make Brock Purdy Mr. Irrelevant. Once seen as a potential first-round talent, Purdy never truly elevated his game at Iowa State. Yet, he rewrote the Iowa State passing record book during his time at Ames. Purdy
is a deceptive passer in terms of his arm strength but forces the throw too often, relying on his playmakers to make the plays. He may not be the starter at the NFL level we once thought he could be, but Purdy is more than capable of having a long career as a backup and handling himself whenever called upon in game situations.
Other players in consideration: EJ Perry, QB, Brown; Eric Barriere, QB, Eastern Washington
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