FA (the remainder of it)
Geoff Schwartz - good RT/RG who can either be a versatile backup, or compete for a starting role. If Davis continues to struggle, he can fill in nicely.
O.J. Atogwe - He's a backup at this point, which is fine, since we have no backup to speak of, and the draft is very thin at safety
My basic philosophy is that while we're stacked defensively, and need to draft developmental defensive players in order to take over the aging starters, on offense we're quite deficient, and need starters now. Further, I don't think we can house too much depth, and are thus better getting quality players, rather than going for boom or bust prospects. I'm all for trading up for the right player, or trading down as well, and have gone back and forth between the two ideas. I don't love the options available to us at 30--although Fleener makes sense for a number of reasons.
Trade (30) and (62) and next year's 3rd for 14th pick
1. David DeCastro OG Stanford- our O-line is terrible on the right side, and Anthony Davis is struggling to live up to expectations. The good news is that there's lots of potential there, the bad? Potential doesn't prevent defensive lineman from crashing into our QB within 1.5 seconds. DeCastro knows the system, is ready to play now, and is about the safest OL prospect since Joe Thomas. He's Steve Hutchinson, and will provide for us what Evans and Nicks provided NO. If Smith is our starter, we need to surround him with a talented cast--especially on the line.
3. Devon Wylie WR Fresno St. - May fall a bit on draft day due to size (5'9''), but is a quick and fast receiver, with return ability. Becomes our starting punt returner, and will eventually take over as the slot receive.
4. Akiem Hicks DE University of Regina - Has incredible size for a 3-4 end, with very long arms. Is a raw player, but has had nice production, and can develop behind Smith and company for a few years. Exactly the type of defensive player I like looking at in this draft. Character concerns will need to be investigated.
5. Desmond Marrow CB Toledo - Talented and tall corner. A developmental prospect with upside.
6. Chris Awusu WR Stanford - Will his track speed propel him higher? Doubtful. Considered a FA type prior to the combine. I can see Harbaugh taking a flyer on his old player here.
7. Delano Johnson OLB Bowie State - Developmental pass rusher. See the trend with 4th round down? The team is deep for now, build for the future with later picks. Also can be the situational pass rusher we need.
7. Brad Starks WR West Virginia - Purely a developmental prospect, who can learn behind Randy Moss, and play a similar role in 2 years. PS player.