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San Francisco 49ers 2015 NFL Draft Grades

Posted By: Chris Ransom on 5/25/2015

San Francisco 49ers 2015 NFL Draft Grades

Chris Ransom grades the San Francisco 49ers 2015 NFL Draft. Does San Francisco have a bright future after trading down two picks to get Arik Amsted with the seventeenth pick in the 2015 NFL Draft?

17. Arik Armstead, 3-4 LE, Oregon A+ Grade

The San Francisco 49ers needed to make a change at 3-4 left end. Sure adding 3-4 right end Darnell Dockett to replace Justin Smith was start, but the 49ers still needed someone to replace Ray McDonald who got suspended multiple times for Domestic Violence.

A lot of mocks projected Armstead to go 15th to the 49ers. So to trade down two picks to get Armstead at 17 was a very smart decision.

46. Jaquiski Tartt, SS, Samford F Grade

San Francisco already has Antoine Bethea starting at strong safety. Not just that they drafted Eric Reid as a free safety in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft before following that up with Jimmie Ward who was a third round prospect that 49ers reached for in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

I'm amazed by the fact that the 49ers ignore cornerback yet continue to reload at safety. It's almost like when the Lions ignored the offensive line and kept drafting receivers in the first round during the Matt Millen era.

There were better safeties available. Not just that, the 49ers didn't need a safety.

79. Eli Harold, 3-4, LOLB, Virginia A+ Grade

Eli Harold should have gone a round earlier. Harold has the versatility to play 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker on either side.

Harold can start next to Aldon Smith as a rookie as a bookend pass rusher going up against right tackles. If Smith struggles, and Harold gets more sacks than him in 2015, then Harold can move over to right outside linebacker in year two where he would face left tackles in one-on-one battles.

Harold may not get you 10 sacks a year like Smith. He can stop the run and drop back into coverage though. That's why the 49ers got an A+ grade here.

117. Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma F Grade

Blake Bell has limited experience at tight end after previously playing quarterback at Oklahoma. The 49ers did not get a quality tight end and will either have to surrender to Vernon Davis or draft a pedestrian replacement if the 49ers ever opt to part ways with Davis.

126. Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina A+ Grade

Sure the 49ers have Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush came in to be a #2 running back after previous stints with the Saints, Dolphins, and Lions. Maybe drafting a #3 running back is a reach, but I find it so ironic that Mike Davis is coming in to replace Marcus Lattimore.

Lattimore was incredibly talented, but injury prone at South Carolina. The 49ers drafted Lattimore 131st overall. Davis replaced Lattimore at South Carolina and is getting picked 5 picks ahead of where Lattimore went in the fourth round.

132. DeAndre Smelter, WR, Georgia Tech B- Grade

DeAndre Smelter is a decent pick when you consider that he has the size to replace Michael Crabtree. As long as he has the hands on Sunday this will be a good pick. When you consider that Crabtree underperformed and dropped some easy passes, you have to be optimistic about this selection despite Smelter's lack of college production.

165. Bradley Pinion, P, Clemson C Grade

Bradley Pinion made history as the first punter to forgo his senior year of College to enter the NFL Draft. I questioned Pinion's choice at first, but when the 49ers took the junior punter in the fifth round, he showed punters that they can get paid if they leave College Football to play in the NFL. I think we could see more punters forgo their senior years to go Pro in the upcoming years if Pinion becomes a successful punter. Right now the 49ers get a C grade.

Valles can get by right guards in the NFL. For now Valles has to worry about beating out Ray Ray Armstrong for the backup right outside linebacker job. Armstrong was a strong safety at Miami, so I like Valles odds of winning that backup left outside linebacker gig where he will learn behind Khalil Mack or Sio Moore.

190. Ian Silberman, RT, Boston College D Grade

Ian Silberman was a right tackle at Boston College. He will replace Jonathan Martin as a backup right tackle on the 49ers.

244. Trenton Brown, LG, Florida A Grade

The 49ers needed to replace Mike Iupati. Trenton Brown can play any position on the offensive line whether it is left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, or right tackle. That's why I like this pick a lot especially because it is in the seventh round.

254. Rory Anderson, TE, South Carolina F Grade

Rory Anderson was another terrible selection at tight end. I'm not sure what the 49ers are trying to accomplish here.

San Francisco 49ers Team Grade: C- Grade

San Francisco lost Justin Smith to retirement and failed to re-sign Ray McDonald. Adding Darnell Dockett in Free Agency as a 3-4 right end and then drafting Armstead to start out as a 3-4 left end and move over to 3-4 right end when Dockett retires, solves the 49ers' problem at 5 technique.

The rest of this draft was terrible selection awesome selection after Armstead went to the 49ers with the seventeenth pick. There are a combination of talented steals that will be starters along with some terrible draft choices overall.

Ignoring 3-4 middle linebacker and cornerback in the 2015 NFL Draft was completely irresponsible. It's almost like the 49ers have already decided to tank the season for a premium cornerback or 3-4 middle linebacker in the 2016 NFL Draft.

At the end of the day, this draft was below average, but not terrible. At least it was more responsible than promoting Ned Yoast from defensive line coach to head coach of the 49ers after Jim Harbaugh bolted for Michigan.

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