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49ers draft grades: Some surprise picks lead to a wide range of marks for 2018 class

The grade is in for 49ers' draft pick Mike McGlinchey

With the ninth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the 49ers selected tackle Mike McGlinchey out of Notre Dame. Matt Barrows breaks down the pick and grades the newest addition to the team.
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With the ninth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the 49ers selected tackle Mike McGlinchey out of Notre Dame. Matt Barrows breaks down the pick and grades the newest addition to the team.

The only position the 49ers could have drafted for that would've been a huge surprise was quarterback.

After locking up Jimmy Garoppolo during the offseason, that spot was set. The draft would be the place where San Francisco would find other positions to build on the momentum the former New England Patriots backup helped the 49ers achieve at the end of last season.

Unlike with the Raiders, a team widely expected to look at defense, analysts were a bit more spread out in their pre-draft predictions regarding the 49ers. So some were a bit shocked by the selection of Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey.

Several analysts graded the 49ers' draft haul, using a wide range of marks. Here is the team's full draft class and a closer look at what analysts had to say:

The 49ers' 2018 draft class

Round 1, 9th pick: Mike McGlinchey, offensive tackle, Notre Dame

Round 2, 44th pick: Dante Pettis, wide receiver, Washington

Round 3, 70th pick: Fred Warner, linebacker, BYU

Round 3, 95th pick: Tarvarius Moore, defensive back, Southern Miss

Round 4, 128th pick: Kentavius Street, defensive end, N.C. State

Round 5, 142nd pick: D.J. Reed, defensive back, Kansas State

Round 6, 184th pick: Marcell Harris, defensive back, Florida

Round 7, 223rd pick: Jullian Taylor, defensive tackle, Temple

Round 7, 240th pick: Richie James, wide receiver, Middle Tennessee

NFL.com

Analyst Chad Reuter thought the 49ers could have gotten better value with their first pick, but overall liked the team's haul:

"McGlinchey brings power in the run game, and if he can learn to be a better pass protector, the 49ers will have a great find. He's a solid player, but linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and safeties Derwin James and Minkah Fitzpatrick would have been better values. ... Reed joins Pettis in the return game, but meets the team's need for a slot corner. James should have been a fifth-round pick, as his hands and elusiveness are top-notch and his toughness belies his slight frame.

Grade: B

CBS Sports

Football analyst Pete Prisco had good things to say, but his overall grade wasn't as complimentary:

"They landed a solid offensive tackle in Mike McGlinchey in the first round, and he will be their left tackle when Joe Staley retires. ... 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."

Grade: C+

Pro Football Focus

The site's two analysts, Sam Monson and Steve Palazzolo, broke down each day and, instead of giving letter grades, used a scale of elite, good, above average, average and below average. Here's a bit on Day 1:

"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. ... His game still needs some refinement, but he was one of the best offensive linemen available in this draft and should provide a solid upgrade to the line."

Grade: Above average

Yahoo! Sports

Analyst Frank Schwab was not impressed with the 49ers' draft, but spoke on why the team's whole package is a winner:

"The 49ers march to their own beat. ... But if you look at the totality of the 49ers’ moves during the Kyle Shanahan-John Lynch regime, we’d have many more questions about them had they not been gifted Jimmy Garoppolo in a trade ... that’s looking like one of the all-time steals."

Grade: D+ for the draft, A if you include Garoppolo

Sports Illustrated

SI's Andy Benoit liked what San Francisco did with its selections:

"The Mike McGlinchey selection made more sense after Trent Brown was traded. ... Some may have been surprised by the selection of Dante Pettis, but entering this draft, San Francisco’s biggest need was simply 'skill position.' ... The five picks after Warner all aim at fortifying the depth of this quietly ascending defense."

Grade: B

USA Today

Draft analyst Nate Davis felt so-so about the 49ers' class:

"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. ... Fred Warner is additional insurance as the Niners prepare for the extended or permanent absence of 2017 first-rounder Reuben Foster."

Grade: C+

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