The San Francisco 49ers watched from afar as the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams fell to the New England Patriots 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII. The NFL now sets its sights on free agency beginning on March 13th Pierre Garcon jersey
, and the 2019 NFL Draft, which starts on April 25th.Bleacher Report analyst Matt Miller released his first 7-round mock NFL Draft of the year Monday, projecting all six picks for general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Let’s take a look at the selections and how they fit on the 49ers’ roster.Round 1, Pick 2: Quinnen Williams, DL, AlabamaThe Arizona Cardinals selected Ohio State’s Nick Bosa first-overall in Miller’s mock. With the draft’s top pass rusher off the board, the 49ers are pegged a first-round defensive lineman for the fourth time in five years. Alabama’s Quinnen Williams would join Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas among a loaded 49ers defensive front that underwhelmed as a unit in 2018. Here’s Miller on how Williams could fit within the crowded group:Buckner racked up a career-best 12 sacks on the season while playing multiple positions along the 49ers’ defensive front. Williams would likely rotate along with Buckner, exploiting the inevitable matchup advantages two players of their caliber would create. Thomas has underwhelmed and Armstead is currently slated to play under the fifth-year option at the cost of $9 million. It’s possible the 49ers feel Williams allows them to get younger, better and (slightly) cheaper at the position.Williams (6-3, 285) totaled 71 tackles, an impressive 19.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks for the Crimson Tide in 2018. He’s far-and-away the draft’s top defensive lineman and is routinely within the first two players (along with Bosa) on most reputable draft boards. While there’s no denying the danger of ignoring other, and perhaps greater roster needs, the 49ers would be taking a “best player available” approach with Williams at No. 2.Round 2 - Pick 36: Oshane Ximines Authentic Laken Tomlinson jersey
, EDGE, Old DominionWith Williams in the first round, the 49ers still lack the edge rusher to complement what would now been seen as an elite defensive front. Impact talent can still be found at the beginning of the second round where the 49ers address their need for a pass rusher in Miller’s mock. Ximines was on the 49ers’ roster during the Senior Bowl in January and praised the team’s coaching staff. He (6-4, 255) totaled 58 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception in 2018. He’d likely be used during obvious passing downs or sub-packages in the 49ers’ 4-3 defense, which is the majority of defensive snaps in today’s NFL. Round 3 - Pick 67: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, StanfordThe 49ers’ offense continued to struggle in the red zone this season. The team’s most potent weapon on offense, tight end George Kittle, only managed five touchdowns during his record-breaking 1,377-yard season. Miller’s third-round selection of Arcega-Whiteside would be a significant remedy. At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, Arcega-Whiteside bullied the Pac-12 with 63 catches Youth Marquise Goodwin jersey
, 1059 yards and impressive 14 touchdowns. He averaged 16.8 yards per reception, excelling at high-pointing the football and making the contested catch. Arcega-Whiteside would be a routine mismatch for Shanahan against opposing defenses.Round 4 - Pick 97: Amani Hooker, S, IowaSafety is among the 49ers’ most depleted position groups, fielding eight different combinations in 2018. Starting duo Adrian Colbert (ankle) and Jaquiski Tartt (forearm) both landed on injured reserve in 2018. Neither were playing well before their season-ending injuries. Rookie Marcell Harris exceeded expectations at the end of season and looks to compete for a starting role at strong safety next season. Free safety is still very much up for grabs, leaving ample opportunity for Hooker. The Iowa safety totaled 65 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, seven pass breakups and a sack for the Hawkeyes in 2018.Round 6: Bruce Anderson, RB, NDSUThe 49ers’ depth chart at running back is already crowded. Jerick McKinnon (torn ACL) and Raheem Mostert (broken arm) will both be returning this offseason to join the now seasoned Matt Breida and Jeff Wilson. Despite long odds of making the roster, the 49ers are still likely to add new blood to the position. Anderson (5-11, 210) totaled 124 carries, 924 yards and nine touchdowns in 11 games for the Bison. He averaged an impressive 7.5 yards per carry. Anderson also added 12 catches http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-george-kittle-jersey
, 199 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He’d likely be competing for a role on the practice squad.Round 6: Gerri Green, LB, Mississippi StateEditor’s note: The 49ers don’t have a seventh due to Shon Coleman trade, but do have a sixth round comp pick due to Aaron Lynch departure. At this late in the draft, it’s sort of po-tay-to, po-tah-to for draft position.The 49ers have done well late in the draft the past two years. Safety Adrian Colbert, defensive lineman Jullian Taylor and receiver Richie James, all seventh-round picks in 2017 and ‘18, have all made the team’s 53-man roster and seen meaningful snaps. Could Gerri Green be the next to carve out a role? The Mississippi State linebacker, at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, totaled 31 tackles, seven tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2018. He’d likely be competing for a backup role as both a situation pass rusher and SAM linebacker.How would you grade this seven-round haul? If you can’t see the poll below, click here. Back in October, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson asked for a trade before the NFL trade deadline. Nothing ever came of the request Earl Mitchell jersey
, but it was an issue the Cardinals would have to address at some point. He was never going to end up with the San Francisco 49ers, but it was a situation that would be worth following.We can officially call an end to PP watch. On Wednesday at the Waste Management Open Celebrity Pro-Am in Scottsdale, Arizona, Peterson had a great shot on the 16th hole, and shortly after rescinded his trade request.I don’t recall ever seeing this kind of thing, but given that the tournament was taking place near Phoenix, this is not entirely shocking. And honestly, it’s kind of a cool way to approach it. I would prefer drama in the desert, but if not, this is one way to clear things up.The Cardinals have taken care of some notable business thus far this offseason. Along with Peterson rescinding his trade request, they got word that Larry Fitzgerald will be back for another year, and of course they hired Kliff Kingsbury to take their offense to a new level. They have plenty more work to do, but they should be improved from last season.