3 needs far too early for San Francisco in 2022 NFL draft
While the 49ers expect to retain a playoff-caliber team through 2022, the team has significantly significant needs in next year’s NFL Draft.
Even though the San Francisco 49ers ended their 2021 NFL draft efforts just over a month ago, general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan must already start thinking long term. , which means that they have to consider some of their first needs for the 2022. project could be.
Right now, Lynch and Shanahan are banking on their most recent draft picks going as smoothly as possible, including the eventual transition from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the team’s top selection last April, Trey Lance.
This hopefully means the Niners won’t need to add a quarterback anytime soon, perhaps for the next 10+ years if Lance becomes one of the next big NFL superstars. And by adding two rookie offensive linemen, Aaron Banks and Jaylon Moore, while also counting two pro Bowl-caliber veterans in left tackle Trent Williams and center Alex Mack, San Francisco can hope that this particular unit will be locked down for at least. less the next few years too.
That said, there will always be some weak spots, some of which could represent an immediate strengthening or could potentially see player departures in just under a year.
Trading for Lance took out the 49ers’ first-round pick over the next two years, but they still have seven total picks for the 2022 draft, including one each in rounds 2 and 3. And although it is terribly difficult to tell. Assessing how a large 2022 table with top-ranked players will look like this coming April, it’s possible to determine some of the Niners’ biggest draft needs.
Especially those three bigger ones.