2014 49ers Draft (Assuming Boldin, Whitner and Brown resign)
1. Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech (Trade own '14 1st & 4th to Cleveland for 26th overall)
2. Davante Adams WR Fresno State (From Kansas City)
2. Deone Buccanon SS Washington State
3. Victor Hampton CB South Carolina (From Tennessee)
3. Robert Herron WR Wyoming
4. Prince Shembo OLB Notre Dame (Compensatory for Dashon Goldson)
5. Brandon Linder OG Miami (FL)
6. De'Anthony Thomas KR Oregon
7. Tajh Boyd QB Clemson (From New Orleans)
7. Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma (From Carolina)
7. Jonotthan Harrison C Florida
With Baalke's ability to find corners in the middle rounds, I don't see the front office going that direction in the first round. That leaves three options in the first: take BPA, target WR or target another position. The likely WR prospects that we would go up and get (Watkins, Evans and Lee) would all cost several picks to get. With 12 picks one might suggest it should be done. Baalke will understand that the depth beyond those three in this class are equal for about 5-7 receiver prospects. He waits to take one (Adams) in the second and trades up in front of New England to take Jace Amaro. This guy is a huge target with pillows for hands that can line up all over the field. His presence in the red zone is what makes this pick valuable. McDonald will still be used a lot on running plays and will get an occasional ball thrown his way.
Davante Adams will be groomed behind Boldin to become our future at the WR position. Herron provides a shifty slot guy that can get separation against aggressive DB's.
Baalke uses a third rounder to get one of the most physical CB's out there. Hampton is a bulky corner who plays with swagger. He will thrive in our defensive scheme.
I believe Whitner will resign for 2 years and Buccanon will be groomed to take over when he leaves. Deone is a favorite on here and I can see why. He plays with physicality and loves to get his nose dirty. We give him time to develop his coverage skills.
Pass rush is always a need and Prince Shembo is a great downhill pass rusher. As a situational pass rusher, he will thrive early in his career. He will also be a great ST guy.
De'Anthony Thomas is drafted as a pure KR. James may be on the way out and there hasn't been many positive return plays the last few years. Thomas won't see the field as a RB so this is a pure Devin Hester type of role.
With a tough Senior Bowl, Tajh Boyd has seen his stock drop severely. Clemson covered up his flaws by throwing short quick routes and his accuracy wasn't as exposed. Harbaugh will try to work with him as he is athletically gifted as anyone.
The C position will change next year with Goodwin likely leaving. The front office has been planning for this by grooming Kilgore to take over. I don't see Baalke using an early pick at the position. He brings in Harrison to provide competition in training camp.