im assuming that there will be little accomplished by 49ers in free agency as far as adding new players to fill holes......the niners will concentrate on esigning their own guys, such as abrayuo franklin, barry sims, tony pashos, david baas, and dre bly..
with unrestricted free agency now likely requiring 6 years rather than 4, scratch off names like mankins, merriman, wilfolk, mcneil etc....the players who will be eligible arent going to be all that attractive (mike gandy, chad clifton, casey hampton, etc)
at draft time, if scott mcloughan sticks to his professed claim that you have to take the best player available, then niners may not take an olineman in round one...
especially if there is a run on olineman before niners pick....say okung to chiefs, davis to seahawks, campbell to raiders, bulaga to bills....
do you really spend a 1st rd pick on a rt tackle? is ther much of a difference between trent williams from oklahoma and ciron black of lsu (who i project to niners 3rd rd pick in this mock)....
so what I would like to see happen, but doubt mcloughan would actually do, is
round one (first pick) c.j. spiller, rb clemson......watching this guy is a must to appreciate how good he really is...a complete back, who can run inside, is an excellent receiver (his utube hilites show him getting downfield on a number of plays, as well as taking a short pass in flat and running forever), is tough (utube has one play where he decleats a man downfield blocking for the wr ford) and can return punts and kickoffs
he would add a much needed element of speed and big play capability to niners offense, and give jimmy raye alot of options as far as play calling...
round one (second pick)....golden tate wr notre dame...i will maintain he would make more of an impact on niners offense than iupati, not because iupati isnt a good player, but because tate is a special player....he is a guy who regularly makes big yards after the catch, is tough, football fast (he runs past defenders---no matter what he might time at the combine)...he can return punts....again, you see his work for the past couple of years you see big play after big play....watch the utube vs stanford, one play he catches ball , zig zags accross the field, actually giving up yards, until he gets the angle and cutsit upfield for a score...
spiller & tate could give the niners the type of fire power that the cards and colts have, playmakers that would put pressure on the defense
round two..perrish cox db oklahoma st.....the defense needs some infusion of young draft picks as well, perish cox would be an excellent pick if still on board....in their game vs georgia he did excellent covering bulldog standout wr aj green....also led ncaa in pass breakups w/ 19, showing his cover ability...returns punts...had some atittude problems that could lead to his falling out of round one...if cox is gone, maybe a safety like lsus chad jones or south florida's nate allen would be good picks here...as would cornerback kyle wilson (adding speed to the dbackfield)
round three...ciron black ot lsu...not a great sr year but had good career at lsu...played left tackle, but feet are better suited to rt tackle position
round four...jammie kirlew olb indiana...underrated player who I think could help in pass rush eventually...good production at indiana, has a parys harralson type body
round five....brandon carter texas tech...could upgrade guard position, has kevin gogan like size and temperment, and as some have mentioned handled nebraska's suh very well
round six...greg middleton de indiana....had 16 sacks several yrs ago, play has dropped off since then, but he has the talent to be good at def end in niners 3-4
round seven...michael hoomanawanui te illinois....a 270 lb + te who could help as bigger tight end who could block, something they lacked last year (though as maiocco pointed out, do they really lose much by having wragge serve in the role)
i think this would be a good draft for niners, but I dont really see mcloughan bypassing an olineman in rd 1, taking a wr in rd 1 (even though he may be the BPA)...i also suspect spillet may be a big riser up the boards as the draft nears, cox could be a 1st rd pick and other picks i've suggested may not be on board where i project them)
Im sure many will disagree, andthat is why I dod put reasons and arguments to try to support the picks