49ers 5-round mock draft: San Francisco drafts Georgia CB Kamari Lassiter in the first round, picks up Oklahoma tackle Tyler Guyton in the second

2T4E0A2 JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 28: Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Kamari Lassiter (3) lines up for a play during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators on October 28, 2023 at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

• Round 1, Pick 26: CB Kamari Lassiter, GeorgiaCornerback could be one of the top needs for the Niners next April. In fact, 51.1% of mock draft simulator users are picking a corner with the 49ers' first selection.

Round 2, Pick 58: T Tyler Guyton, Oklahoma At 6-foot-7, 328 pounds, Guyton’s massive frame is tough to get around. He then makes it even tougher due to how explosive and fluid he is in his movements.

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After kicking off our team-centric mock draft series with the Arizona Cardinals and the No. 1 overall pick (or not?), today we take the reins of the San Francisco 49ers.

This is a fun mock draft because the Niners are already top-heavy with enough star power to compete for a title. Now, it’s about finding one or two full-time contributing players and filling out the depth. 

ROUND 1, PICK 26: CB KAMARI LASSITER, GEORGIA

Cornerback could be one of the top needs for the Niners next April. In fact, 51.1% of mock draft simulator users are picking a corner with the 49ers' first selection.

Lassiter feels like the Niners' type of corner. He’s 6 feet tall and a two-year starter in the SEC despite being only a true junior — he’ll be one of the youngest players in the upcoming draft class.

The Georgia product is a physical cornerback who consistently competes at the catch point. He has allowed a completion on just 41.9% of the passes thrown into his coverage, with quarterbacks managing just a 56.9 passer rating when targeting him.

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ROUND 2, PICK 58: T TYLER GUYTON, OKLAHOMA

When you think of an early Day 2 offensive tackle to invest in, Guyton fits that mold.

At 6-foot-7, 328 pounds, Guyton’s massive frame is tough to get around. He then makes it even tougher due to how explosive and fluid he is in his movements.

The redshirt junior has played mostly right tackle for the Sooners over the past two years but has also played a handful of snaps at left tackle. He knows how to get in front of defenders, but staying in front of them is a work in progress.

He needs to be more forceful and precise with his hand placement to maintain blocks, but that can be taught.


ROUND 3, PICK 90: WR TRE HARRIS, OLE MISS

Harris was a transfer from Louisiana Tech to Ole Miss this offseason and has since been the primary benefactor of Lane Kiffin’s passing attack in Oxford.

Harris is listed at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, making him no easy task for cornerbacks to muscle up with. But what Harris actually does best is get yards after the catch — he is averaging 7.7 yards after the catch per reception this season, the sixth-best mark among SEC receivers.

If the Niners lose Jauan Jennings as a restricted free agent — or even if they don’t — Harris, with that contact balance and ability to churn out yards after the catch, will be the kind of player San Francisco gravitates toward.

ROUND 3, PICK 98: T MATT GONCALVES, PITTSBURGH

Offensive tackle remains one of the most drafted positions for the Niners in the PFF mock draft simulator, and you can never have too many good offensive linemen. So, with Goncalves on the board at the end of the third round, that’s the direction I went.

The 6-foot-6, 330-pounder likely would have been drafted a little higher than this had he not suffered a season-ending lower-body injury that required surgery. However, he was a consistent starter for Pitt for the last two and half seasons before that injury, and he did not allow a sack in 2022 and 2023.


ROUND 4, PICK 126: RB Raheim Sanders, ARKANSAS

The Niners always seem to use one of their mid-round picks on a running back. Though they won’t need to, if they have the chance to take a flier on a guy like Sanders, I think they might.

Sanders is listed at 6-foot-2, 242 pounds and reportedly runs a 40-yard dash in the 4.4s. In 2022, he earned a near-elite rushing grade of 87.4, forcing 65 missed tackles.

This season has not been as productive, but he has missed time due to injury. And even when he’s been out there, he has been playing hurt.

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ROUND 5, PICK 177: S MALACHI MOORE, ALABAMA 

Moore was a freshman contributor for Alabama’s secondary as a slot corner and safety, but when Brian Branch emerged in that defense, Moore’s playing time went down.

Branch was one of the best players in the 2023 draft class, so that’s not a kiss-of-death scenario for Moore’s pro outlook. He’s a bit limited athletically, but he's among the smartest players in that secondary.

 

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