Very early mock draft but I've got some players I'm already interested in and would like to see the 49ers pursue. Yes this is a Pac-12 heavy draft..and no it wasn't intentional. :P
Round 1-Jonathan Jenkins-NT-Georgia-I saw this in AB's mock and I really like this guy as well. I don't see Soap coming back after this season so NT will be an important selection, either find a guy as an immediate starter or as potential depth. Jenkins has the potential and the size to be a tremendous quality NT in the NFL. I've been impressed by him a lot although at this point I'm starting to feel as if he'll be drafted well before the 49ers get on the board.
Alternate Pick-Alex Okafor-DE-Texas-This would be the ultimate depth pick as this guy is a tremendous pass rusher and would be the solution to depth at OLB, having Okafor would allow for a true OLB rotation that would be both effective and pretty devastating to other teams.
Round 2-Desmond Trufant-CB-Washington-Comes from a football family, very polished, has good speed, size, agility, strength, has stepped his game up, would make for a potential starter right alongside Culliver for the long-term.
Alternate Pick-TJ McDonald-SS-USC-I love the thought of this pick, the son of former 49er great Tim McDonald playing for the same team as his father. McDonald seems to be perfectly suited to playing for this team, he's aggressive, a hard-hitter, intelligent, far better in pass coverage than the guy he replaced at USC who shall remain unnamed. I think this would be a wonderful pick for the 49ers if they could land McDonald and would go a long way towards shoring up the safety position long-term because as much as I like Whitner, his pass coverage has been atrocious at times.
Round 3-Shayne Skov-ILB-Stanford-Very good quality depth, good team guy, knows Harbaugh quite well already, can play ILB or OLB, good pass-rusher, solid tackler, this pick would be assuming that Larry Grant is gone. Skov could be utilized in a variety of roles, much as was done with him at Stanford.
Alternate Pick-Kwame Geathers-NT-Georgia-Another Georgia NT that can be a possibility if the 49ers miss out on the first wave. He's got tremendous physical size and would be a solid potential replacement for Soap. He'd be a handful for offensive lines to deal with and strengthen this team's already impressive abilities at stopping the run.
Round 3-Joseph Fauria-TE-UCLA-If Delanie Walker is gone, Fauria will provide a massive redzone target for Kaepernick. Fauria's more of the traditional type of TE that can find open spots in the zone and be a true safety outlet for a young QB. I like this guy, he's got tremendous physical size, is a solid blocker and is fantastic in the red-zone. Having a 6'7 target running around causing havoc would do wonders for this offense.
Alternate Pick-Quinton Patton-WR-Louisiana Tech-Don't ask me what it is but this guy throws off that Terrell Owens vibe. He seems destined to become an elite receiver, he has good size, not extremely fast but very quick and agile, great hands, can generate yards after the catch and is an all-around complete WR.
Round 4-Baker Steinkuhler-DE-Nebraska-Very good, almost prototypical size for a 3-4 DE. Fairly raw and would need some time to develop but he's got good pass rush skills and strength, perfect guy to be a rotational player and develop as an eventual replacement for Justin Smith down the road.
Round 5-Eric Gordon-CB-Tennessee-Undersized corner that would be perfect with dealing with speedier slot receivers. Quick and agile, he would be a good prospect to develop as the 49ers build up their secondary of the future.
Round 5-Sam Schwartzstein-C-Stanford-Very good in both the run and passing game, he'd make for good depth backing up Kilgore at center.
Round 6-Jeff Braun-OG/OT-West Virginia-Solid pass protector could provide depth at either guard or tackle in the NFL.
Round 6-Colin Klein-QB-Kansas State-Two Colin's don't make a right but Klein would is a QB with nice size who would be a good developmental prospect with Tolzien backing up Kaepernick.
Round 7-Brett Maher-K-Nebraska-I'd much rather have Dustin Hopkins instead but its unlikely that he'll still be available at this point.
Round 7-Dan Giordano-DE/OLB-Cincinnatti-More depth at OLB leading to a preseason competition between all the different OLB prospects.