So first off.... I am NOT a draft guru, i just really enjoy the draft process.
I will be doing a few mocks before the draft gets here, obviously prior to the Senior Bowl and East West Game and the Combine, its hard to tell where alot of these guys will go in the mid to late rounds. I used CBS sports, DraftTek, and Bleacher Report 7 round mock, to get a feel for possible rankings and rounds they would go. I know that Bleacher is not the best to use, but theres not alot of mocks that go past 2-3 rounds.
So with that being said here is my mock and theory what will improve our team, which will be hard to do since were one of the most complete teams in the NFL.
Its clear that Kaep will need another season to get better at reading his progressions, but you CAN NOT deny his connection with Boldin and Crabtree! Baalke needs to keep them on the team. Kaep will need to be extended soon, and I think now is the time to get the best deal. I loved when we draft Iupati, but we dont have the cap room to keep him, Crabs is more important that a guard. I didn't always feel this way, i hated the diva, but he's opened my eyes the past 2 seasons.
We are a defensive team... its our bread and butter and we must draft to keep our defense at an elite level. Our secondary, both CB and SS, are needs. We drafted Dial and Tank last year, but we need to make sure that we have DL depth especially as Justin Smith gets older. Dorsey was a nice FA. Donte Whitner has been a great leader and plays smart, we must keep him! He may have lost a bit of speed in coverage, but he plays the run and makes recievers think twice about high catches along the middle of the field.
WR, CB, SS, C, QB, OT, PR
49ers Trade 1st round pick to Cleveland for 2nd(#35) and 4th rounder
**Cleveland drafts Allen Robinson
49ers Trade 2nd and late 3rd to move up to mid 2nd
2nd (f/ Cleveland)Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
Baalke goes and gets great value in a trade back to get that extra 4th rounder. Adams will be a playmaker for us down the road once Boldin is ready to retire. Tall fast and strong, perfect to take pressure off Crabtree and a great redzone target.Catches the ball well and has strong hands to fight for the ball and catch those lazers that Kaep throws.
2nd Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Quality over quantity, we trade up for a 1st round talent that had a poor year. Roby wont have to be a #1 CB immediately and can give us some needed depth. Plays bigger than his size and is a very good cover corner.
2nd (f/KC) Dominique Easley, DE, Florida
1st round talent that will sit out his rookie year due to injury ,ala Tank and Lattimore, Baalke draft special.
3rd Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
The Center class isn't very good apparently, but hes the best of 2014. Hoping he last's till here. If not wait till the 4th/5th for a Center. I hope that Killgore can fill in if the rookie isn't ready.
3rd(comp) Craig Loston, SS, LSU
This makes so much sense, he's a solid player that can take his time next season and soak up the defense. He reunites with former team mate Eric Reid and can learn from Whitner for a year and then fill in for injuries and compete for starting job.
4th(f/ Cleveland) Keith McGill, CB, Utah
A big corner to matchup with the bigger receivers that the NFL is producing
4th Daniel McCullers, NT, Tennessee
A big fattie to clog the middle and make running on the 49ers that much harder. Plus gives us more depth on the DL.
5th Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
We need someone to groom behind Kaep. This guy has been a webzone favorite. I also like Aaron Murray here. I think there will be alot of 1st and 2nd round QB's taken and the backup's will last further into the draft.
6th Justin Britt, OT, Missouri
An OT from the SEC to groom for a backup role.
7th Dri Archer, WR/PR, Kent State
A small school undersized speedster, perfect for kick returns. Hard to evaluate where he goes due to his small frame.
7th Asa Watson, TE, North Carolina State
Delanie 2.0? Worth a shot in the 7th
7th Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue
More CB options for TC, could be great for the PS
7th Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan
More competition for returning kicks, possession reciever.
[ Edited by irishluder on Jan 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM ]