St. Paddy's Day Mock Draft
1(30): trade 2(62) and 7 for Cowboy's 16: WR Marqise Lee (Will be a star in the NFL. Rare talent being overshadowed by Watkins. Way more polished and legit than Mike Evans. Doesn't just step in the #3 spot as a situational speed WR or return man, but represents a true replacement for Crabtree and Boldin down the line.
2(56): trade 3(77) for: 34: CB Jason Verrett (Steps right into Nickel CB. Stock may slip a little b/c of surgery).
3(94): DT Dominique Easley (Talented situational pass rusher. Slips because of serious injury concerns. A great value pick here. Alternative pick: S Craig Loston. Develops behind Bethea and Reid for a year. Young interchangeable safeties next year).
3/4(comp): WR Bruce Ellington or Robert Herron (Change-of-pace/speed WR. Prefer Ellington as the better all around WR. Despite his size, he has toughness and is more polished. Herron is the true speed WR though).
4: CB Pierre Desir or Phillip Gaines (Baalke finally gets his dreamy-tall CB. Both are a little raw and will likely require a year plus to develop. But with Brock/Culliver/Verrett starting, we can afford to develop them, and they both have giant upside).
5: ILB Lamin Barrow (Nice ILB prospect, and immediate special teams contributor).
6: traded for Gabbert
7: TE Colt Lyerla (Real star power if he can get his head on straight. Love Vernon, but he's 30, and McDonald did not look much better than Celek last year. If he turns out to be Titus Young, it doesn't hurt too bad to cut a 7th round draft pick).
7: QB Connor Shaw (Undersized, and a bit injury prone. But there is no denying his talent and ridiculous td/int ratio. We already know Gabbert is the future, but just in case...).