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49ers make 3 picks in final round to close out draft



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It’s finally over. After nine picks, all from the third round on, the 49ers have concluded their 2023 NFL Draft slate.

While seventh-round picks aren’t exactly the most exciting, San Francisco has had some great success in that round.

In the Shanahan-Lynch years, their seventh-round picks are as follows: Adrian Colbert, Jullian Taylor, Richie James Jr., Jauan Jennings and Brock Purdy. All had NFL production; Taylor had the least with 12 games played after dealing with various injuries.

The first of their final three selections, at pick No. 247, was their second tight end of the day, Oklahoma’s Brayden Willis.

He is viewed as more of a blocking tight end with H-back potential. He had serious receiving production his senior year, catching 39 passes for 514 yards and 7 TDs. He also handled 10 carries for 26 yards.

Next up, at 253 overall? Their second Michigan Wolverine of the draft.

This time it was wide receiver Ronnie Bell. He had a great senior season with 62 catches, 889 yards and 4 TDs.

While he’s undersized, he’s described as being a possession slot receiver who is excellent on third downs. That sounds quite a bit like their last seventh-round receiver, Jauan Jennings. Here’s how Bell tested, per ras.football:

And for their final pick?

San Francisco went back to the defensive line well, and back to the Big 10.

With the 255th pick overall, they went with Purdue outside linebacker Jalen Graham. In four years at Purdue, he had 169 tackles, 12.5 for a loss, with a couple sacks and three interceptions.

His testing leaves a little bit to be desired, but again, it’s the seventh round.

With that, the focus will shift to undrafted free agents, where the 49ers always seem to find some intriguing names.