Originally posted by nickbradley:
Based on team needs and the types of players the 49ers prefer, I believe we're starting to see the 49ers first round draft board take shape.
To begin, I think there are a few players that the 49ers would trade up for if they were available in the 15 - 20 area:
- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama - Its clear we're scouting for the Feature RB of the Future, and if a Running Back like Richardson slipped into that range (Running Backs are notorious for slipping in the draft), we would pull the trigger.
- Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis - On the Defensive line, we have a lack of depth and Soap and RJF are free agents after 2012 -- moving up to snag Poe would make a lot of sense
- Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State - Same here; move up to get Soap's replacement
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame - we would have to carry 6 WRs, but I think that the team is willing to do that in order to get Floyd.
- David DeCastro, G, Stanford - Yeah, If David DeCastro fell to, say, Chicago at #19, the team would strongly consider making a move...although I'm a bit skeptical about their willingness to move up that far
- Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford - May sound unusual, but I don't think the 49ers are entirely opposed to moving Anthony Davis to Guard (he's a former guard anyway).
If any of the above players fell to the 15-20 range, the Niners would consider trading up.
The following players are those that the 49ers would take at #30:
- Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford - Harbaugh basically runs his offense with two starting tight ends, so we draft another starting tight end...Walker is not starting caliber
- Peter Konz, C/G, Wisconsin - Can compete to start at guard as a rookie, and will be the starting center of the future
- Mark Barron, SS, Alabama - Goldson is on a 1-year contract, Whitner is signed through 2013...there is nobody else there
- Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia - Unlikely to be there, but would start at RG on day 1.
- Dre Kirpatrick, CB, Alabama - This makes more sense than people think. More and more scouts are saying that Kirkpatrick could be an elite free safety with his size and range, and Chris Culliver was a Free Safety in College. So drafting Dre Kirkpatrick would give the 49ers two DBs that can play CB and FS at a high level. Makes more sense the more that I think about it.
If all these players are gone, we try and trade out of the first round. In the mid-second, I think the 49ers would target:
- Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
- Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
- Alameda Ta'amu, NT, Washington
- Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
- Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa State
- Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
- Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
I agree about the idea that one to four players in the top 15 could be targeted if they drop a bit. To me those would be in this order:
DeCastro--One of the best OLs, top 15 pick. OG who played for Harbaugh and is a natural RG. IMO, he would be one of the few 1st rounders for us who could come right in and start. Now is he worth that extra second, I say yes given just how much of a "fit" at need he truly is.
Poe--I know I know...we don't need an NT, yet he's too much of a talent not to consider if he drops to 20, let's say. Because Ice is a UFA next year, we need to bolster the talent at NT, and I. Williams is not the future, IMO. With Tomusla, Poe could be the best NT, better than Raji!
Glenn--Another OL who's best position is playing inside at OG, but can play OT as well. Verisatile, just like Harbaugh likes 'em. Can compete immediately for the ROG position and he won't be as expensive to jump for. IMO, we would have to jump in front of Cincy to do it though.
Floyd--The only WR to jump for if he drops to a certain point. He's from ND and Jed loves those guys. I still think though that WR can be had later and may not be of great value trading up for him.
Other than those four, I see us staying at #30 and landing a very good player who will contribute immediately. I see these positions being targets @ #30: