Al Hartman Reviews the 49ers Draft Picks
Al Hartman believes the 2018 NFL Draft has probably got to be one of the most unpredictable rounds he’s ever watched and here’s why: Harold Landry was shockingly passed up when everyone thought teams would be fighting each other for the “best defensive end.” Landry is one of several names that didn’t end up where fans thought they would. He’s joined by Josh Jackson who was predicted to go to the Philadelphia Eagles and Isaiah Oliver to the Cleveland Browns, among notable surprises. But what about the 49ers?
Taking everything into consideration, Al Hartman is content with the 49ers first pick, Mike McGlinchey, OT out of Notre Dame. McGlinchey is the top tackle in his class and straight out of the box, the 49ers can deploy him as a sturdy pass protector. The pick makes perfect sense in the context of the 49ers protecting their most prized asset, Jimmy Garoppolo. Lest fans forget, Jimmy Garoppolo signed a five-year $137.5 million contract so the clock is ticking for the 49ers. As for McGlinchey, at the very least, he’s solid and ready to step in for Joe Staley whom management may believe is already nearing the end of his career. Al Hartman thinks fans should just wait and see how McGlinchey can provide value.
In Round 2, the 49ers traded up for Dante Pettis WR, a projected third round player. Compared to the first round, this pick puzzled many fans, including Al Hartman. The pick only began to make plenty of sense after reviewing his career and profile. Al Hartman is convinced the 49ers are looking at molding Pettis to replace Pierre Garcon. An excellent runner and playmaker, Pettis comes without the injury concerns surrounding Marquise Goodwin.
Meanwhile, in Round 3, the 49ers picked Fred Warner ILB. Remember what was said earlier about this draft season throwing everyone for a loop? Fortunately, the surprises end there. Al Hartman loves this pick. Warner is a very versatile LB who can replace Malcolm Smith. But Warner is no ordinary top-ranked LB you see every year, he’s one guy who can run, and run fast. At the NFL combine, Warner ran a 4.64 40-yard dash and leaped 38.5 inches in the vertical jump. He’s light and quick, and can carry the 49ers to assimilate a new breed of hybrid LBs.
The 49ers also picked Tarvarius Moore DB. Like Fred Warner, Moore is lightning fast, running a 4.32-second 40-yard dash twice at his pro day with a 38.5-inch vertical leap and 11-foot-1 broad jump, according to the NFL. Al Hartman believes this is another hybrid pick by the 49ers. Down the line, Warner can see action at safety or CB. Regardless, Al Hartman is excited to see how this pans out.
All in all, Al Hartman is amused by how Coach Kyle Shanahan managed to keep his picks under wraps. Again, the outcome of the 2018 NFL Draft is out of left field, that one can only