Experts Grade the 49ers 2018 NFL Draft Class

Every year following the draft, analysts rank how each team’s front office performed over the course of the NFL Draft. Post-draft grades assess which teams filled roster needs and project the potential success of each prospect. The San Francisco 49ers added nine players during the three-day event, addressing a number of needs and beefing up the talent on the roster.

Table inside Article
Round, Pick Name School
Round 1, Pick 9 OL Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame
Round 2, Pick 44 WR Dante Pettis Washington
Round 3, Pick 70 LB Fred Warner BYU
Round 3, Pick 95 DB Tarvarius Moore Southern Miss
Round 4, Pick 128 DL Kentavius Street N.C. State
Round 5, Pick 142 CB D.J. Reed Kansas State
Round 6, Pick 184 S Marcell Harris Florida
Round 7, Pick 223 DT Jullian Taylor Temple
Round 7, Pick 240 WR Richie James Middle Tennessee

Take a look at how the NFL national pundits graded the 49ers 2018 picks:

“Armed with two second-round picks, they moved up to get Pettis, a competitive receiver/returner that was adequate value. Warner is a solid linebacker worthy of a third-round pick; he'll shore things up at whatever spot the team requires at the second level (Will, Mike, or Sam). Moore, a late-riser, is an athletic player with starter potential. The 49ers stuck with Street despite his knee injury, and he could prove to be a great value in a couple years.”

ESPN: B-

“There were a couple of reaches here, but we have to factor in the Garoppolo deal, too. So the 49ers are in a much better spot than they were when Lynch took over.”

“San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch took a safe approach for his second draft class. That's not a bad thing, as offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, wide receiver Dante Pettis and linebacker Fred Warner are good players with high floors. They should each help this team immediately.”

MMQB: B

“Some may have been surprised by the selection of Dante Pettis, but entering this draft, San Francisco’s biggest need was simply 'skill position.'"

"As the 49ers acquired Jimmy Garoppolo for the 43rd overall pick, he must be included in this haul and provides a significant boost to San Francisco’s draft grade."

SBNation: B-

“Mike McGlinchey has a high ceiling, but the Niners could have addressed some defensive needs for better value in the first. Still, it was a good draft class for the Niners overall.”

“I did like the pick of second-round receiver Dante Pettis, who will fit nicely in Kyle Shanahan's offense. Fourth-round pass rusher Kentavius Street is a player who could pay dividends down the road, but he tore an ACL during a pre-draft workout. So he's a year away.”

"McGlinchey, Pettis and Warner were good ways to open John Lynch's second draft. San Francisco still has a playoff-caliber team, more so for Jimmy Garoppolo and what's around him on offense."

“Taking Mike McGlinchey at No. 9 would have felt like a huge reach last week, but it became apparent closer to the draft that the Niners couldn't wait to get him.”

Draftwire: B+

“Mike McGlinchey wasn’t a top-10 talent, but it’s hard to blame the 49ers for taking the most polished, experienced tackle in this draft to protect their investment in Jimmy Garoppolo. The value, athleticism and potential they got in the following rounds is what has me excited, from a big-play machine in Dante Pettis to high-upside, underrated defenders in Fred Warner and Tarvarius Moore. Day 3 brought more of the same, with tons of potential and quality depth on both sides of the ball. Their last pick (Richie James) might have me the most excited.”

ProFootballFocus: Above Average

“While many had the 49ers targeting a specific need at the top of the draft, they pulled a bit of a surprise by selecting the top tackle on the board in Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey. One half of the best double team in college football, McGlinchey provides them a new starter at right tackle."

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