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2020 NFL mock draft: San Francisco 49ers select Neville Gallimore

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The 49ers’ defense reloads.

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The San Francisco 49ers are up next in our Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft. Earlier in the draft, the Niners got Jimmy Garoppolo a nice present in Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy.

It’s not often that a Super Bowl runner up gets two first-round picks in the subsequent draft, but San Francisco has a golden opportunity to stay atop the NFC with a pair of potential starters. POD Commenter Son of Sparticus is in charge of the 49ers in this mock, and now he is coming to the stage to announce the second 49ers pick:

“With the 31st pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers select:

Neville Gallimore, DT, University of Oklahoma

After taking the best WR in available at #13 in Jerry Jeudy and shoring up their biggest need, the 49ers swing back around and address their second biggest need: interior defensive line. The taking of Jeudy was made possible by trading stud DT DeForest Buckner to the Colts earlier this offseason. They had a choice up front on defense and chose to pay Arik Armstead over Buckner.

Gallimore fits perfectly as a penetrating 3-tech in San Francisco’s base 4-3. At Oklahoma, Gallimore was double teamed often this past season. In the National Semifinal vs LSU, Neville was the primary focus of attention. He was double teamed about 80 percent of the plays I watched. In San Fran, that’s not going to happen often with Armstead and Nick Bosa on his flanks.

Gallimore is described by some as very similar in style to Javon Kinlaw—stout vs. the run and can generate a good to very good pass rush from the inside. He has a high motor as well as upper-level athleticism for his position. Of particular note, his explosion scores and 40 time are elite.

Adding a disruptive force like Gallimore on a rookie contract will allow this group to stay together another 3-4 years due to the reasonable cap expenditure for such an elite unit. I did take a serious look at filling what might be need 2B, cornerback. A.J. Terrell is a guy who would fit nicely in the 49ers backfield and it was a tough decision between him and Gallimore. In the end, filling Buckner’s void proved too tempting, as elite D-lines are few and far between. With two day one starters filling the biggest needs of the this NFC championship team, good money says that San Francisco will be in right back in the hunt for Super Bowl LV.”

Catch up with all the picks from our POD Community Mock here.

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