LAS VEGAS — Sixty names went off the board before the San Francisco 49ers made their first selection of the 2022 NFL Draft, but once the wait ended the team took USC linebacker Drake Jackson No. 61 overall. San Francisco took LSU running back Tyrion Davis-Price No. 93 overall in the third round and SMU wide receiver Danny Gray No. 105 overall.
San Francisco traded its first round pick to Miami before the 2021 draft in the deal that brought quarterback Trey Lance to the 49ers. The 49ers own six picks from the fourth round through the seventh.
49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel requested a trade before the draft, KRON4’s Jason Dumas reported. There were no reports of any progress towards a trade Thursday or Friday, but the 49ers did draft a running back and wide receiver — two positions that Samuel played in the offense.
Drake Jackson played three seasons for USC, totaling 103 tackles, 12.5 sacks and two interceptions in 27 games. He was named to the All-PAC 12 Second Team in each of his three seasons.
Jackson’s most productive season came when he was a freshman in 2019. He made 46 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and defended three passes. The effort landed him on Pro Football Focus’ Freshman All-American Second Team.
Jackson is listed at 6-foot-3 and 254 pounds. He hails from Corona, CA and was a four-star prospect out of Centennial High School, choosing the Trojans over offers from Arizona State, Oregon and other schools.
NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote the following about Jackson:
“Jackson lacks play strength but has the frame to add muscle and mass. He’s a loose-limbed, restless pass rusher with the activity level to find angles and openings in both his primary and secondary rush. However, he lacks successful counters to do it consistently against stronger tackles. Jackson also lacks the take-on toughness and functional anchor needed to hold up at the point on run downs. He has developmental rush potential, but needs a major upgrade in grit and technique against the run.”
Tyrion Davis-Price played three seasons at LSU, winning a national championship in 2019 and rushing for 1,003 yards in 2021. He finished his Tiger career with 1,744 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.
Davis-Price backed up current Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire as a freshman in 2019, scoring six touchdowns and helping the Tigers win an NCAA title. He started four of nine games in 2020 before taking over as the full-time starter in 2021.
Against Florida in 2021, Davis-Price set the LSU record for rushing yards in a game with 287 and added three touchdowns. He was measured at 6-foot-0 and 211 pounds.
Read Zierlein’s analysis of Davis-Price below:
“Big, athletic back offering an enticing blend of size and explosiveness to go with an SEC pedigree. Davis-Price’s early season tape was listless and lacking pro quality, but that changed over the second half of the year. He’s an enigmatic back featuring urgency, indecisiveness, physicality and finesse on any given carry. He got much better as the season progressed and clearly finds a rhythm when given volume carries. Scouts say that staying motivated will be a major factor in future success. Davis-Price’s athletic ability and hammerhead finishes will help him create yardage. He has the size and upside worthy of consideration in the middle rounds.”
Danny Gray played two seasons at SMU after transferring in from Blinn College. He racked up 803 receiving yards and nine touchdowns as a senior, landing on the All-AAC First Team.
Gray’s best asset is his speed. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds — the seventh-fastest time at this year’s combine. He opened the 2021 season with a touchdown in five straight games.
Gray was the 13th-highest ranked 2020 junior college prospect coming out of Blinn College, choosing the Mustangs over TCU, Auburn, Baylor and other schools. He measured in at 6-foot-0 and 186 pounds before the draft.
Zierlein wrote the following about Gray:
“Two-year starter on the FBS level with athleticism and play speed to project a continuing ascent at the next level. Gray stepped into a top playmaking role for SMU in 2021 and showed an ability to work all three levels of the field. His long, gliding strides separate from coverage on attack-oriented routes but he has the bend and agility to become a quality target working underneath. He needs to get a little stronger and limit the focus drops, but Gray has an inside/outside skill set with intriguing upside as a future WR3 with more work.”