Mel Kiper’s Draft Grade for the Niners

San Francisco 49ers: GRADE: C+

They didn’t address their need at wide receiver until the sixth round and didn’t take an OLB until the seventh round. Kentwan Balmer is a solid DT prospect for their scheme, and I like Chilo Rachal‘s aggressiveness at guard (he can also play right tackle). Reggie Smith is kind of a tweener at safety or corner. He has ability, but needs to settle on a position. Cody Wallace was the No. 1 center on my board. Josh Morgan is a decent receiver. OLB Larry Grant can make this team as backup.

It seems to me the Niners had a pretty pedestrian draft on paper, but it will take a couple of years to really see how this draft contributes to the club, (or did not). It was a shame that the Niners only had 6 picks in this draft given this was a very deep draft, with a lot of player parity.

MN

 

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