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Review of Mel Kiper’s 2021 49ers mock draft 4.0

With the 3rd pick in the draft, the 49ers are now captivating the attention of the football world. The Jaguars and the Jets seem sure locks to draft Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson back to back to open up the 2021 draft, but the 49ers are where the uncertainty begins. 

Giving up as much draft capital as they did, it’s a certainty that they’re grabbing their QB of the future, despite the few trying to get attention who claim that they traded up for Kyle Pitts. The debate revolves around which QB do they see as their QB of the future. 

In Mel Kiper’s 49ers mock draft 4.0 he believes that they’re taking Mac Jones. 

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What’s interesting here is that Kiper is deferring to his league sources who say strongly that Mac Jones is the pick at 3; however, he believes that it should be Justin Fields. The argument for Mac Jones is that he is the more elite passer in the pocket and off of play-action, both of which are heavily utilized by Kyle Shanahan. However, does that make him a superstar and worthy of essentially 3 first round picks? 

Kiper has Mac Jones as his 4th rated QB and 12th overall prospect, behind Lawrence, Wilson, and Fields. We view this the same as Kiper and projected Jones going 3rd to the 49ers, despite believing that it wasn’t worth the picks that it cost San Francisco in the trade. 

With the 2nd round pick in Kiper’s 49ers mock draft, he sees them taking corner Tyson Campbell. 

We saw them going with the same position here, but instead of taking Campbell we saw Greg Newsome falling to them. Although Newsome is clearly the better corner, Kiper’s mock already has him off the board so San Francisco takes Campbell. He’s a press corner who would be looked to as the replacement for Richard Sherman who it seems will be allowed to walk in free agency. Campbell was inconsistent in his time at Georgia, but showed flashes as a physical press corner. He’s 6-1 and 195 pounds and combines his size with excellent speed. He’s aggressive as a run defender and would be looked upon to help cover divisional opponents like Deandre Hopkins and DK Metcalf. 

If the 49ers had stayed put with the 12 pick, it would be extremely likely they would have went corner and landed a Caleb Farley or Jaycee Horn. By trading up they’ll have to address that need in the 2nd round or later. In Kiper’s 49ers mock draft 4.0, they get their QB of the future and can use that rookie contract to their advantage for the next several years. Controversy aside, Jones is the most ready QB in his class to start in the NFL and will allow them to move on from Garoppolo. 

Tyson Campbell gives them a tall press corner with excellent speed and ball skills. Although he isn’t as polished as others in his class, he has a great motor and plays the run aggressively. He fits in well with this San Francisco defense as they look to retain the identity they had prior to Robert Saleh’s departure. 

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