First I'm going to guess we hire Baalke for GM, assuming that everyone who is talking about that is right. 2Nd I'm going to assume Schefter is correct and Clayton+Jason la Canfora are correct when they say Baalke won't be able to interest Harbaugh. This is not what I WANT to happen, I rather have a gm like Ted Sundquist and a coach like Harbaugh or Gruden. But you dont always get what you want. So I'm going to guess that we do this:
HC: Mike Mularkey
9ers get a conservative HC like Mularkey who Jed admires because he's part of ATL's structure or whatever and he is here to mold a young QB. Him loving to run the ball might actually be a good thing in that case because it wouldn't put to much on the QB's shoulders and kill their development. The Falcons also use some play action off their run game. Also my guess is he would switch to a 4-3 D like the Falcons run
1st pick: Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas
Luck won't be available here and Mallett is the only other QB in the first round that will be ready to play. He has a strong arm and fits the whole "run and then use play action, plus take shots down the field" idea that Mularkey would probably use. He makes questionable decisions sometimes so a good running game will be crucial to his development. But he can get the ball down field and fit the ball into extremely tight windows. He's got a great arm.
2nd round: Cameron Jordan, DE Cal
Ideally we'd take a CB or a FS here but most likely the 2 FS we could use, DeAndre McDaniel from Clemson and Rahim Moore from UCLA will be gone in the first round. Picking another FS would probably be a reach here, except maybe Deunta Williams but after he broke his leg that might impact his draft stock. I don't know how bad the injury is. So I picked a DE here who has done a decent job rushing the passer at Cal (6 sacks each last 2 years) and he's not easily moved either because he has good size.
3rd round: Rashad Carmichael, CB Virginia Tech
I really like this guy because even though he's kind of small, he's got a lot of speed and we need some speedy corners so we don't always get lit up by fast WRs and quick WRs. He also has 10 picks over the last 2 years so he's quite a ball hawk. I'm worried his stock will really rise though after the combine. But he makes a lot of sense here for a team like us, I expect us to be interested no matter who the HC and DC and GM are.
4th round: DeAndre Brown, WR Southern Mississippi
He's a big WR who can make tough catches and you can throw jump balls to. We haven't had a WR who is physically superior to CBs because of height and jumping ability in a while, so he would be a unique fit for us. His stock could rise if he runs well at the combine though. He's probably only in this area since he wasn't able to produce like he has before after he dealt with some nagging injuries.
4th round: Lance Kendricks, TE Wisconsin
He's a good TE who is bigger and stronger than Delanie Walker, but still is good at going out and catching some passes. I'd like to see us get another TE like him or Luke Stocker who can be used differently than Vernon. With Vernon's speed and a strong armed QB, you could really utilize his athleticism down the field. So the other QB will work the shorter/intermediate areas more. I could be wrong on this, I dunno. But it is also important because Delanie is not a great run blocker, and so when we bring a guy like Byham in teams usually know its a run. With 2 good TEs who can both block and catch passes, it makes you more predictable. Right now we have Vernon who plays almost all the time and then a run blocking TE in byham and a pass catching TE in Delanie.
5th round: Cliff Matthews, DE South Carolina
Picking another DE who can rush the passer. His bro is in the NFL playing like a beast for the Packers and he can sack the QB. He should atleast turn out to be a rotation player on a decent team, so with a 5th round he's worth a shot.
6th round: Owen Maricic, FB Stanford
He can block pretty well, and Norris is pretty much done for. He also has decent hands and can catch a few passes out of the back field. He can also get the ball a few times in short yardage situations.
6th round: Kris Adams, WR UTEP
Nobody has probably seen him play a whole lot, but he lit it up vs BYU and seems to have decent speed(had 3 plays over 40 yards or something like that) and averaged 22 yards/catch over the season. He's also 6'3'' and managed to score 14 TDs. I'm not sure where he's supposed to get drafted or if he is at all, this is pretty much a shot in the dark here. I've seen all the other guys on my mock play multiple times but him not so much. I think he has a lot of potential though, and we could use a WR like that.
7th round: whoever, take a flyer on someone. Maybe get a kicker.
resign in free agency:
David Baas C
Ray McDonald DE/DT
Tony Wragge back up OG/C
Dashon Goldson FS(he sucks but he's cheap so I'm sure the 9ers will take him back, especially if Baalke is the GM)
let go of/not re-sign:
Nate Clements, he's not playing well anymore and he's starting to get paid way too much money
Takeo Spikes-I'd like to keep him but I'm not sure if he fits in a 4-3 D here, plus he probably wants to go to a winning team
Manny Lawson-I'd love to keep him in a 4-3 since he's good in coverage and vs the run but he's probably sick of this FO and losing and constant coaching changes and bad coaches, so he leaves for greener pastures or a bigger paycheck
Nate Davis-Not sure another coach wants a QB with dyslexia where it takes him 2 years to learn a playbook, not to mention we'd probably want a vet behind our new young QB.
Alex Smith-Time to move on for both parties, enough said.
Troy Smith-He's not the answer and I don't see why a new HC would want to keep him around. We can get a better vet to mentor our new QB.
Aubrayo Franklin-He'll leave for a better contract somewhere else to try to masquerade as a 3-4 NT for another team. I thought he was a lot better last year than this year, he's getting in his 30s and no way should we pay him what he wants.
Westbrook-I would keep him but he probably doesn't want to stick around.
Free Agents signed:
CB Champ Bailey-Replaces Nate and is still a great player. We should pay him a lot of money so we'll finally have a CB who can cover well. Ideally we'd get Jonathon Joseph or someone, but nobody is sure what's happening with the new CBA and the 4 year FA vs 5 year FA situation and what happens to restricted FAs.
OLB Ben Leber-Have no idea if he signed an extension or anything in MN, but if not then bring him here. He can still play and we need an OLB opposite Bowman and next to Willis. He shouldn't cost a lot either and he's a veteran who can bring some leadership.
RG Harvey Dahl-Think he got injured this year but I'm not sure. Either way he can replace Chilo at RG and fit in with Mularkey since they're farmiliar with eachother.
DT Marcus Stroud-He was a beast when he was in Jacksonville. He was always in a 4-3 and now Buffalo's trying to transition to a 3-4. He should hopefully not be too expensive and work well for us. He has been kind of forgotten in Buffalo. He can get to the QB a little bit but mainly he is a run stopper.
RB Jerome Harrison-He had a good year in Cleveland last year and then this year they discovered the greatness that is Peyton Hillis so he got traded. Now he's in PHI and not playing as much. We could pick him up to be our 3rd string RB and bring some quickness.
QBs Trent Edwards and Kerry Collins-Edwards would just be a back up, Kerry probably would be too but would provide more of a veteran presence for Mallett. Edwards is the 3rd stringer and Kerry is 2nd but may start if Mallett is not ready.
Thoughts? This is pretty realistic IMO, maybe not the FA but as far as the draft and the HC and GM it is. The FAs should not be too expensive either, but some of those are kind of high profile guys so we'll see.