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San Francisco 49ers Mock Draft: What to Do with The No. 9 pick?

Thanks to a mid-season trade acquiring QB Jimmy Garoppolo, the future is bright for the San Francisco 49ers. Since they don’t need a passer, San Francisco has any number of things they can do at pick 9. The Niners won their last 5 games after inserting Garoppolo into the starting role. They still have some holes on offense and they need some playmakers on defense as well.

Here are five options for the San Francisco 49ers to consider with the ninth-overall pick.

  1. DENZEL WARD, CB, OHIO STATE

The Niners signed free agent Richard Sherman this offseason but is ostensibly a one-year deal. With Ward, he fills an immediate role as a nickel corner, and then he can slide out to the boundary after Sherman’s departure. I don’t have Ward ranked as one of my top two corners but I know he is more highly thought of in league circles.

  1. ROQUAN SMITH, LB, GEORGIA OR TREMAINE EDMUNDS, LB, VIRGINIA TECH

It has become quite obvious that after only one year, Reuben Foster is not a trustworthy player. Between off the field issues and injuries, Foster cannot be counted on. If he is on the field, then he can fill the MIKE role. Smith or Edmunds would then be the starting WILL. Edmunds is a big fast backer while Smith is a shorter but thick player. Both are tremendous in space. There is a chance only one will be on the board when they pick.

  1. CALVIN RIDLEY, WR, ALABAMA

Ridley would give San Francisco a deep threat wideout. He can line up at all three wide receiver positions. Other than the resurgence of Marquise Goodwin, the WR room in Santa Clara is a bit underwhelming. Ridley would immediately be WR1.

  1. COURTLAND SUTTON, WR, SMU

Sutton is a height-weight-speed guy. He is a big body that is capable of being a red zone threat. He is different from Ridley. He relies more on physicality than speed. Sutton tested better athletically than I thought many had expected. Sutton is my top WR but I would not be shocked if the Niners went with either receiver in the first round.

  1. TRADE BACK

The 49ers do not have a second-round pick because of the Garoppolo trade. In an instance where they have multiple targets left on the board, I could see them trading back. Maybe one of the top QBs fall or maybe a team wants someone else. They could target a linebacker like Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State or one of the corners further back in the first and perhaps they can pick up a second rounder in the move back.

What do you think about these choices for the 49ers? Let us know in the comments!

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