1. Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota 6-6 310 5.02
Hard to believe that a D-lineman with Hageman's potential could realistically be the on the board at this point, however based on the many mocks and draft boards out there, it is plausible that he will be. Has an excellent combination of length, power, and athleticism to dominate against the run and collapse the pocket or get penetration against the pass. Due to his height and reach looks to be a weapon blocking field goals when he's not batting down passes. Will line up as a DE in a 3 man front and would man either DT spot in passing situations.
2. Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt 6-3 212 4.46
Trade 56 and 129 to move up 8-10 spots
Tall and highly productive receiver with enough athleticism and toughness to make plays inside or outside the numbers on short or long patterns. Can "go up and get it" plucking the ball out of the air due to his length and hands, because of these attributes Matthews projects to be a legitimate red zone threat as a pro. Widely viewed as a polished route runner, could step in and start right away if needed, can line up in the slot or on the outside.
2. Phillip Gaines CB Rice 6-0 193 4.38
Talented enough to become a #1 corner. Possesses good size, agility, speed, and quick feet, all of which are readily apparent in games and by his performance at the combine. The knock on Gaines is that he needs to be more physical against the run which imo is more than offset by his ability to cover. Could start right away if needed but initially looks to be third corner at the beginning of the season.
2. Marcus Smith OLB Louisville 6-3 251 4.68
Trade 77 and 94 to move up about 20-25 spots
Athletic high effort defender, who can rush the passer, drop back into coverage, and defend the run. Against the run, Smith maintains good awareness of the ball carrier while using his 34 inch arms to keep the D-Lineman off him to make the play. When rushing the passer uses his quickness and agility to harass the QB. Has the burst and closing speed needed to run the looping stunt that the Smiths have been effective at.
3. Dion Bailey S USC 6-0 200 4.66
Versatile, will begin his career backing up both safety spots. Savvy player with a nose for the ball who gets in on lot of tackles and had 9 interceptions the last 2 years. Very good at diagnosing the play and reading the QB's eyes. High effort competitive player who likes to hit and will contribute right away on special teams. Eventual starter, but needed now because Reid has had 2 concussions and Dahl is brutal in coverage.
5. John Brown WR Pittsburgh State 5-10 179 4.34
Small school scoring machine who had 45 touchdowns in 34 starts. Speedy deep threat who last year hauled in 61 passes totaling 1,198 yards for a 19.6 avg. with 14 tds. Had 23 punts totaling 264 yards for an 11.5 avg. Returned 23 Kickoffs averaging 32.4 yds. Over three years finished with 185 catches for 3,380 yards and 32 touchdowns. Although Brown compiled his stats at the Div II level, he is a viable prospect who could become a dangerous return man as well as a deep threat due to his combination of speed, acceleration, and agility.
7. Brett Smith QB Wyoming 6-1 3/4 206 4.51
Lacks prototypical size and arm strength, but possesses very good quickness. Smith can throw running to his right or left equally well. Has excellent accuracy in the short to intermediate middle of the field hitting the receiver in stride. Uses his legs to extend plays while scanning downfield for the open target, can also get yards on the ground if nothing is open. Although Smith is a shade under 6-2, his combination of intangibles and resourcefulness in the pocket make him worth a shot in the 7th round if there.
7. Gator Hoskins TE/FB Marshall 6-1 253 4.73
Productive player, who last year caught 50 receptions for 821 yards and 15 tds. At Marshall lined up as a WR and as an inline TE, has experience blocking but is definitely a work in progress. Could be our 3rd TE, Back-up FB, and play special teams.
7. Brandon Thomas G Clemson 6-3 317 5.06
What Niners mock would be complete without a redshirt injury special. Mostly played left tackle but also saw action at guard. Has 34 3/4 inch arms but lacks ideal height for an NFL left tackle, looks to move to the inside in the pros.
[ Edited by Needle on May 1, 2014 at 8:04 PM ]