I agree with MadDog that we have needs across the board on offense, defense, and special teams to address in the next two years. Our draft picks are going to be vital in fulfilling those needs.
Cut: ($11M in savings)
David Akers - K
Parys Haralson - DE/OLB
Jonathan Goodwin - C
Trade: ($8M in savings)
Alex Smith - QB for Titans conditional 2014 NFL Draft Pick (Range: 3rd to 5th round)
Resign: ($14M in 2013)
Dashon Goldson - FS (5 year, $40M)
Isaac Sopoaga - NT/DE (2 year, $6.5M)
Tarvares Gooden - ILB (2 year, $2M)
Randy Moss - WR (1 year, $2M)
Extend: ($3M in savings)
Justin Smith - DT/DE (2 year extension)
Sammie Lee Hill - NT/DE - Lions (4 year, $13M)
*Rated as a top 3 4-3 NT in terms of pass rush via Pro Football Focus, Hill also has a nice physical ability and size at 6-4, 320+ lbs. He also has shown ability to swat passes in the DT position - something we rarely see with our current personnel on the d-line. With the draft stocked at DTs, Hill isn't going to receive a large contract in free agency. I see him as the future starter somewhere on the D-line, and he'll rotate with Sopoaga, and provide relief to Smith and McDonald at the DE position
Matt Hasselbeck - QB - Titans *Rumored to be released* (1 year, vet min)
*He could receive some interest with all the teams needing a QB, but the success of young QBs getting into the post-season (Kaepernick, Wilson, Luck, RGIII, Dalton) may eliminate starting interest. The 49ers expressed interest in Hasselbeck a couple of years ago, and he'd be perfect for a mentoring role for Kaepernick, and fights Tolzien for the backup gig. If cut, he will not count against comp pick in 2014.
Jeff Otah - OT/OG - Panthers *Out of League in 2012* (1 year, vet min)
*Injuries sidelined him in 2012. But we aren't afraid to showing interest in those that have potential (ex. Geoff Schwartz). Plus, Otah won't go against comp pick calculations in 2014. Replaces Leonard Davis on the roster.
*Trade down to Jags 2nd round pick and pick up 2014 3rd round pick - Jags trade up to select Tyler Wilson - QB*
R2: Alex Okafor - DE/OLB - Texas (via Jaguars per trade down)
*Perfect complementary piece to our defensive unit. Okafor relies on his strength to provide disruptive pass rush, and has proper technique to be fundamentally sound in the run defense game. This is an upgrade to Parys Haralson.
2012 Stats: 61 Tackles, 12.5 Sacks, 16.5 TFL, 4 FF
*Trade up via 4th and 6th rounders to move up 8 spots*
R2: Travis Frederick - C/OG - Wisconsin (via trade up)
*All Big-10 Honorable Mention, Frederick has high intangibles and comes from a program with a track record of success. Experienced at center and guard, he'll instantly fit in our scheme.
R3: Quinton Patton - WR - LA Tech (via Panthers)
*Outside of Crabtree, we lack consistency and health at the WR position. Patton reminds me a bit like Eric Decker from the Broncos. He does everything well, but he's not an elite athlete. And with so many talented prospect declaring, we can get a steal in the early 3rd round.
2012 Stats: 103 Receptions, 1,392 Yards, 12 TDs, 13.4 YPC
R3: D.J. Swearinger - CB/FS - South Carolina
*This guy reminds me a bit like Dashon Goldson. Big hitter that played some CB in college, but will convert to full time safety in the pros. Great coverage ability with tackling ability, but needs to learn to wrap up.
2012 Stats: 79 Tackles, 7 PD, 2 INT, 2 FF, 3 TFL
R3: Travis Kelce - TE - Cincinnati (Comp)
*NFL bloodlines as his older brother plays for the Eagles, Kelce has solid intangibles that make him an intriguing prospect as the #2 TE option on the team. 6-5, 260 lb frame, he has shown fluidity in his route running abilities, and has solid hands. I would opt for Simms here from Michigan State, but his injury concerns put his draft value much lower.
2012 Stats: 45 Receptions, 722 Yards, 8 TDs
R5: Terry Hawthorne - CB - Illinois (via Colts)
*Down year on a bad team, Hawthorne's stock really fell in 2012. But, he's a developmental pick that can't be any worse than Brock. Hawthorne has a lot of starting experience, has flashed some ability in his career, but needs to put on some weight to bulk up for the NFL. Experience with kick returns.
2012 Stats: 44 Tackles, 1 INT, 6 PD, 4 TFL
R5: Dustin Hopkins - K - Florida State
*Top kicker in the draft. Big leg. Accurate.
*Trade up via 7th round pick*
R6: Devin Taylor - DE - South Carolina (via Jaguars per trade up)
*Tall and lanky, Taylor was expected to perform a lot better than what he displayed in 2012. Good speed and tackling ability, but poor technique to disengage from the offensive linemen. I'd love to see the 49ers draft this guy, and build him up to a 3-4 DE.
R7: Steve Greer - ILB - Virginia (via Bengals)
*2nd team all ACC, Greer projects as a nice fit in the 3-4 ILB position. Solid against the run, but vulnerable against the pass. Should immediately contribute to the special teams game.
R7: Drew Terrell - WR/PR - Stanford (comp)
*Harbaugh's boy here - Terrell will compete with Williams for a spot on the roster. Possible PS guy if not.
R7: Ryan Griffin - TE - Connecticut (comp)
*Better size and blocking ability than Celek