The 49ers draft a No. 61 center in ESPN’s latest 7-round mock draft

ESPN has a new overlord for the NFL Draft. One of my friends, Jordan Reid, will soon be “the next Mel Kiper Jr.” It’s cool to read, after reading Jordan’s work over the last few years.

Jordan released a 7-round mock draft about the worldwide leader. Unfortunately, we do not get too many of them from “experts”, so let’s see who he chose for the 49ers.

61. San Francisco 49ers

Cam JurgensC, Nebraska

Write this with a pen for one of my favorite team player passes. Jurgens’ gap-to-gap style fits perfectly into Kyle Shanahan’s plan. For a team looking for interior design help and a young center, he could quickly become a contributor here.

Based on how this draft has gone up to this point, there is not an edge-rusher or security that makes sense in this place. So instead of reaching out for a specific position of need, the Niners draft drafts Jurgens, who could end up beating Daniel Brunskill out on the right guard and serve as Alex Macks’ replacement after the regular season in 2022.

Jurgens has rare power and movement abilities that allow him to reach defenders at the second level that most inside offensive linemen cannot.

Sports Info Solutions has a “bounce percentage”, meaning the rebound was forced to skip a race when he ran behind the specific offensive lineman. Jurgens was the seventh-best among all interior linemen.

93. San Francisco 49ers

Nick CrossS, Maryland

The 49ers need help at the back, and Cross is an underrated view in a loaded safety class. As a traditional single-high, high-post security, he provides a unique third-level presence.

Cross has been one of the more popular players mocked by the Niners this cycle. Cross is a consistent tackler that can fly while excelling in man coverage. Another positive trait that stands out when you see Cross is not only his range, but you can see him directing the traffic before the ball is snapped.

Communication is essential to any successful defense, especially for the 49ers, who exchange their security responsibilities from game to game.

105. San Francisco 49ers*

Marcus JonesCB, Houston

First and foremost, a nickel corner on the next level, Jones was a touchdown waiting to happen in college. Whether it was as a return specialist or generating revenue, good things always seemed to happen when he was around football. The 49ers should create some competition in the nickel spot, and Jones is a useful opportunity with the potential to break through defensively and on special teams.

Jones is another player that the Niners have visited during this draft cycle.

I’m worried about how Jones will match bigger wideouts at obvious passes. Your first reaction would be to put him in the slot, but more and more play-callers are moving wide receivers around the formation.

Jones did not test during Houston’s pro day as he was still recovering from shoulder surgery, but he is running like the wind. Ironically, despite his on-ball production, you will notice that Jones is giving up more big games down the field than you would expect.

This would be a home run choice if Jones never played a snap in defense as a rookie due to being one of the most electric returners in college football history. I would place a safe bet in that Jones returns a punt or kick to the house as a rookie.

134. San Francisco 49ers: Thomas Booker, DT, Stanford
172. San Francisco 49ers: Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri
187. San Francisco 49ers (via DEN): Bo Melton, WR, Rutgers
220. San Francisco 49ers*: David Anenih, EDGE, Houston
221. San Francisco 49ers*: Ryan Van Demark, OT, UConn
262. San Francisco 49ers*: Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State

You will see lots of “A” marks for Niners if their draft ends up like the one above. The secondary is addressed while also filling a gap along the inner offensive line.

Booker adds athleticism along the interior. The 309-pound defensive lineman ran a 4.94 40-yard line on the NFL Combine. Booker does not have a deep bag of pass-rushing moves, but that’s what you pay Kris Kocurek for – to develop players.

Melton is another wideout who has visited the 49ers. Melton needs to get more consistent, but he is a playmaker with the ball in his hands and a threat in the open field. Kyle Shanahan gets another playmaker.

I’ve never seen Anenih or Demark play. Still, you can not go wrong with grabbing the trenches in the draft – especially with Mike McGlinchey coming in after a serious injury and not having a backup, provided Jaylon Moore works with the guards.

I was wondering if the team would add a potential long-term backup in the draft, and that’s Purdy.

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