During Day 2 of the 2022 NFL draft, fans watched as the San Francisco 49ers finally made it to the stage and announced their three selections after remaining quiet during Day 1, electing not to trade wide receiver Deebo Samuel for a higher pick.
With the 61, 93 and 105 picks, the 49ers added power and strength to the team, which satisfied ‘Niners nation across social media.
Drake Jackson, DE, USC
At 61, Drake Jackson added to San Francisco’s already deep rotation of defensive linemen, beating out edge rusher Nick Bonitto of Oklahoma. Jackson fulfills the need for a dangerous pass-rusher opposite Nick Bosa, and while he needs some “fine tuning,” he’s sure to thrive under defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, according to NBC Sports.
The consensus on Twitter was pretty much the same when it came to the 21-year-old as the 49ers first pick — enthusiastic delight.
“The rich get richer — #49ers continue to build along the defensive line with Drake Jackson,” @akashanav tweeted.
“They had to take care not to let it slip he’s who they wanted,” @KyleAMadson said. “Had they done so he might’ve been so far gone by the time they picked at No. 61. If he develops, this might be the moment nothing was the same for the NFC West.”
“Nobody in this draft class has the picture-perfect dip and bend as an edge rusher that Drake Jackson has,” @PFF_Sam tweeted. “Goes to the 49ers to become their new Dee Ford. That’s an outstanding pick here.”
“49ers really stayed Pat at 61 and got DRAKE JACKSON,” @Marco_Mart1205 said. “Him with Bosa is gonna be scary!”
There were tons of highlights floating around social media of Jackson, but this is probably one of the most impressive.
Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, LSU
Some were thrown for a loop when it came to the 49ers nabbing a running back with the 93 pick, but that doesn’t mean LSU’s Tyrion Davis-Price isn’t a good selection.
Price is shockingly speedy for being 6’0″ and weighing 211 pounds. He ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at combine, SB Nation reported, so he has a speed that will give head coach Kyle Shanahan “a violent north-to-south runner who has the ability to potentially take on an expanded role in the 49ers backfield from day one.”
“Don’t think it’s a bad pick,” @Eric_crocker said. “I understand why they took a RB. Just thought with their last 4 leading rushers being undrafted or a 6th round pick they’d wait. Are they looking for Tyrion Davis-Price to be THE GUY?”
“Seems clear that Shanahan wants another solid body in an injury-porous RB room — remember that’s where Deebo had to pick up so much slack last year,” @LombardiHimself said.
“This is a violent north to south runner that gives the 49ers a bonafide bruiser in the backfield,” @JLeeElliott tweeted.
Danny Gray, WR, SMU
SMU wide receiver Danny Gray has both potential and insane speed — he clocked a 4.33 40-yard dash at combine. Currently, it’s Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk ahead of Gray, and with the new comer’s speed, it could “help open up things underneath while also giving presumed starter Trey Lance a weapon to utilize on deep shots off play-action,” SB Nation reported.
“The #NFL really let #49ers HC Kyle Sanahan get SMU WR Danny Gray…” @49ersSportsTalk said.
“New #49ers WR Danny Gray isn’t just a deep ball threat,” @nwagoner tweeted. “He averaged 10.6 yards after the catch on passes thrown 5 or fewer yards downfield last season.”
“49ers add speed to their WR corps with their last pick, Danny Gray,” @mattbarrows said. “He hit it off with new WR coach Leonard Hankers on his visit with the 49ers.”
“You’ve got the No. 1 trait we were looking for in speed and your No. 2 trait is toughness,” a video shows of the 49ers draft night call to Gray.