So I'm in the process of doing a 3 round mock draft with a couple of friends and I got to do the 49ers (among a few other teams). While the whole 3 rounds are not completed yet, my 3 picks are finished. In this scenario, my 4 highest rated OTs are gone by 13.
13. RB CJ Spiller, Clemson
Gone by 13 notables: the top 4 OTs (Okung, Williams, Davis, Bulaga), Berry, Bryant, McClain
Still available after 13: Haden, D. Williams, Kindle
As you'll see in a minute, I agonized over both picks. The top 4 OTs being gone at this time really hurt my strategy, but I decided to go BPA and pick Spiller. The offense badly needs a home run threat on offense and somebody who can complement Gore. Spiller also solves a massive void in the return game.
17. OG Mike Iupati, Idaho
Gone by 17: D. Williams, Kindle, JPP
Still available after 17: Haden, Brown, Thomas, Graham, Campbell
I've been high on Iupati from day one. I did not get caught up in what the combine workouts said, and did not take much stock into the Senior bowl game. He is to me a shoe-in to be a pro bowler at the guard position and he also gives versatility to play OT if needed.
Leaving Haden on the board was tough, but at the expense of Iupati, no. The OL needs upgrades, badly. The really tough decision for me was Spiller or Haden, and went with Spiller. If I had the choice to do over, I may have done it the other way. If both are here with 13 and all 4 OTs are off the board I'd be ecstatic with either.
49. OT Vladimir Ducasse, Massachusetts
Gone by 49: Saffold, Allen, Gilyard, Price
Still available after 49: Robinson, Franks, Misi, Wootton
Adding Ducasse and Iupati I feel is a major pull for the 49ers. Ducasse is somewhat raw but coachable and a hardworker. Also is very athletic for his size. I feel I get good value here while finishing the renovations on the OL. I slot Iupati into his natural position of LG, where he will excel and move Ducasse to RT.
79. CB Jerome Murphy, South Florida
Gone by 79: McCluster, Norwood, Cook, Decker
Still available after 79: Cox, R. Jones, Jerry, Fox
Murphy fits the prototypical 49ers corner. Big, physical, a gamer. 49ers have had great success against big WRs recently (Fitz, Housh, Andre Johnson, Sims-Walker, Boldin, S. Rice) mainly because our CBs can matchup to their oppostion's physicality.
I passed on some good CBs in previous rounds because I felt that I would have good value on a CB in the 3rd and I was right. Murphy and Cox were still on the board - both fits for the 49ers scheme and loads of talent but with some character concerns. I'm confident Singletary and co can right that ship.
Comments, criticisms welcome. Take it easy on me though, it's my first mock on here.