The San Francisco 49ers added a total of nine players in this year’s NFL Draft that John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan hope to fortify the roster.
Chase Goodbread of NFL.com projected the top rookies who could make an impact in 2018, and four members of the 49ers draft class made the cut. Here's where he ranked each player.
Mike McGlinchey - No. 16
Lynch and Shanahan were steadfast on selecting McGlinchey with the ninth-overall pick. He's likely to start immediately at right tackle.
“If you're going to invest a $137.5 million contract in quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, you'd better invest something more in his health,” Goodbread said. “McGlinchey will bring an immediate return on investment to that end.”
The only offensive lineman on Goodbrread’s list projected higher than McGlinchey was fellow Notre Dame alum Quenton Nelson, who the Indianapolis Colts selected with the sixth-overall pick.
Tarvarius Moore - No. 58
Considered a late riser, the 49ers used a third-round pick on Moore. His size (6-foot-2, 193 ponds), speed (4.32 40-yard dash) and athleticism have the 49ers feeling like he can be a standout NFL cornerback. Moore joins Richard Sherman, Ahkello Witherspoon and Jimmie Ward at outside corner.
Dante Pettis - No. 88
Pettis adds to a talented wide receiver group that that thrived late in the season once Jimmy Garoppolo took over. His route running and playmaking abilities make him a candidate for snaps at all three receiver positions in Shanahan's offense. He could also win the 49ers punt return job as a rookie.
Fred Warner - No. 99
The 49ers found good value in the third round with Warner. At BYU, he amassed 262 total tackles, seven interceptions, five fumble recoveries and two pick-sixes. Warner will add to the 49ers depth at inside linebacker and could see meaningful playing time should someone go down with an injury.