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2017 San Francisco 49ers Mock Draft Monday 5.0

Posted Mar 20, 2017

Take a look at a new wave of expert predictions for what the San Francisco 49ers will do with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.



The 2017 NFL Draft is just 38 days away. And while Draft Day draws closer, opinions still differ as to what the San Francisco 49ers will do with the No. 2 overall pick.

Stanford pass-rusher Solomon Thomas has become the trendy pick. Thomas had a fine season for the Cardinal in 2016 with 8.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss, but he made a name for himself in the Sun Bowl against North Carolina. Thomas may have only recorded one sack against the Tar Heels, but he dominated the line of scrimmage and got constant pressure on highly-touted quarterback prospect Mitchell Trubisky.

Below is our fifth round of expert predictions with 17 guesses for what will happen on April 27.

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Thomas

"Thomas has the versatility to play up and down the line of scrimmage, and he seems like a perfect match for what John Lynch is trying to build."

Todd McShay, ESPN: Thomas

"With a good combination of quickness and power, Thomas would be a good fit for the defense Robert Saleh hopes to build out West."

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

Chad Reuter, NFL.com: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

"Kyle Shanahan is playing the waiting game for Kirk Cousins, so the 49ers look to instead add a leader in the secondary."

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Thomas

"The 49ers don't need another big body in the middle, but Thomas is the top player on the board and gives them another disruptive defender to anchor an emerging defense."

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports: Thomas

"Yes, there is the Stanford connection with general manager John Lynch, but more importantly, Thomas is an excellent football player who adds immediate pass rush help on the defensive line."

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Thomas

"There are a lot of scouts who think this will happen, even though the 49ers need a quarterback. Thomas can be special."

Rob Rang, CBS Sports: Thomas

"Head coach Kyle Shanahan was hired to help spark a listless offense that ranked 27th in the NFL in points scored and dead last in passing last season but ignoring better players just to draft a quarterback may only guarantee another poor season in 2017. Thomas is a natural disruptor who has drawn comparisons to LA Rams star Aaron Donald. Sandwiched between massive defensive ends DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead and new defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, he could give the 49ers the dominant defensive line to compete in the NFC West, with the need at quarterback more likely to be addressed with a veteran."

Dan Kadar, SB Nation: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

"While Jimmie Ward will get a chance to prove himself as a safety this offseason, Hooker can be a transcendent talent at the position. The Ed Reed comparisons are real."

Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Trubisky

"I absolutely remain convinced that Trubisky is the best quarterback in this draft class and that he would be an excellent fit in the system that Kyle Shanahan will install in San Francisco. This is a moot point if something happens between the Redskins and Kirk Cousins."

Jared Dubin, CBS Sports: Thomas

"Between the Stanford connection, Thomas' athletic testing at the combine, and all the noise around Thomas heading to San Francisco, this seems like where the No. 2 pick is heading."

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Trubisky

"Kyle Shanahan is the new quarterback whisperer and the 49ers are in desperate need of a quarterback. Trubisky is the best of the bunch in a decidedly less-than-spectacular class. The hope is that Shanahan, who replaces Chip Kelly, can do with Trubisky what he did with Robert Griffin III during his rookie season in Washington."

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated: Adams

"The pick is Adams here, because a) he deserves to be a top-five option, and b) in Adams and NaVorro Bowman, the 49ers would have their defensive field generals."

Kristopher Knox, Bleacher Report: Adams

Luke Easterling, USA Today: Thomas

"Don’t be surprised if the 49ers pass on the top quarterbacks for a powerful edge defender who helps their scheme transition."

Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com: Thomas

Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

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Final Tally (17 total)

Thomas: 9

Adams: 3

Trubisky: 2

Lattimore: 1

Hooker: 1

Fournette: 1


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