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JamesGatz83's 2014 49ers Mock

Well, we're almost there--finally. So, since we're at the end of what has been a brutally long wait, I figured I'd throw my mock into the ring. I'll be using OTC's Big Board to determine player availability, and I won't be projecting any trades. I do think we move up in Round 1, though.

1. (30 OVR): Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Lee was thought of as a lock for the top 10 going into the 2013 season. His stock fell due to concentration lapses and poor QB play, but I think he'd be a great value at #30. Ultimately, he makes plays.


2. (56 OVR): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State
We could use a young safety to develop behind Bethea, and Bucannon provides physicality and excellent ball skills.


2. (61 OVR): Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise State
Aldon Smith insurance. Plus, you can never have enough pass rush depth and Lawrence provides it.


3. (77 OVR): Lamarcus Joyner, DB, Florida State
Provides multi-position flexibility, as he spent most of his college career at S before moving to CB. Could step right in at slot CB.


3. (94 OVR): Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
Rangy and explosive with great ball skills. This draft will shore up our secondary for years.


3. (100 OVR): Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
Big, physical and familiar with our scheme. He could step right in to start, and then provide great depth and special teams play once Bowman returns.


4. (129 OVR): David Fales, QB, San Jose State
Perfect guy to come in and compete with Gabbert for the backup job. Our QB depth will be much improved.


5. (170 OVR): Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
Rangy (6'3", 198) and consistently productive. Played very well against a dominant FSU secondary in 2013. Adds depth and competition to the WR corps.


7. (242 OVR): Nikita Whitlock, FB/DE/TE, Wake Forest
Interesting prospect in that he was an absolute monster at DT in college, but only played at around 250-260 pounds. Could be the next Bruce Miller or fill the role of Dobbs or Tukuafu?


7. (243 OVR): Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
Relatively productive at ASU (25 TDs in 2 seasons) after transferring in from the JUCO ranks. Has a little return ability.


7. (245 OVR): Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Coastal Carolina
Yes, I know I just took 2 RBs back to back, but it's the 7th round and we'll likely stash both on the practice squad. Taliaferro is a big back (6'0", 230) who was incredibly productive, albeit against lesser competition.
Lol, lost me at Lee #30....

Dude sux, when are you guys going to do your homework???
Originally posted by CWin4949:
Lol, lost me at Lee #30....

Dude sux, when are you guys going to do your homework???

Marqise Lee had over 1700 yards receiving in 2012 and over 1100 in 2011 and was widely thought of as one of the best players in the country. Why exactly do you think he sucks? Since you've done your homework and all.
Originally posted by JamesGatz83:
Originally posted by CWin4949:
Lol, lost me at Lee #30....

Dude sux, when are you guys going to do your homework???

Marqise Lee had over 1700 yards receiving in 2012 and over 1100 in 2011 and was widely thought of as one of the best players in the country. Why exactly do you think he sucks? Since you've done your homework and all.

I could skip school completely and still know that Lee is NOWHERE near #30 value and can name at least 3-5 better options at #30 not only at WR but overall positions in general.

Point is moot though, we're not going to be picking at #30 and we sure as heck aren't taking Lee.
Not a huge fan of Lee and not sure we need a safety that high. I like Joyner, Lawrence, and Desir.... not sure we draft a QB this year.

Maybe throw in some OL depth?
I like it. If we stay at #30 I'd have no problem with Lee. I think he can be the guy he was two years ago.
Originally posted by CWin4949:
I could skip school completely and still know that Lee is NOWHERE near #30 value and can name at least 3-5 better options at #30 not only at WR but overall positions in general.

Point is moot though, we're not going to be picking at #30 and we sure as heck aren't taking Lee.

Any chance you're a fan of a PAC 12 school other than USC? Lee racked up 2800 yards receiving in his first 2 years, and if you told someone he'd be available at #30 before this past season, they would've laughed in your face. If you want to write him off because of horrendous QB play in 2013, that's your mistake.

Please name WRs that will be available at #30 that are better than Lee.

And thanks, Captain Obvious. Almost every point made on here is moot. The draft forum is pretty much specifically geared toward the debate and discussion of hypothetical situations. That said, I do agree that we will likely move up from 30--as I mentioned in the original post.
Originally posted by NYniner85:
Not a huge fan of Lee and not sure we need a safety that high. I like Joyner, Lawrence, and Desir.... not sure we draft a QB this year.

Maybe throw in some OL depth?

OL is a definite possibility, though I do like the depth we have with Looney, Martin, Snyder, and Marquardt.
Originally posted by btthepunk:
I like it. If we stay at #30 I'd have no problem with Lee. I think he can be the guy he was two years ago.

Yep, people seem to have short memories, but it's typical of the pre-draft media hype that people would fall in love with Cody Latimer and come to hate Marqise Lee.
Originally posted by JamesGatz83:
Originally posted by CWin4949:
I could skip school completely and still know that Lee is NOWHERE near #30 value and can name at least 3-5 better options at #30 not only at WR but overall positions in general.

Point is moot though, we're not going to be picking at #30 and we sure as heck aren't taking Lee.

Any chance you're a fan of a PAC 12 school other than USC? Lee racked up 2800 yards receiving in his first 2 years, and if you told someone he'd be available at #30 before this past season, they would've laughed in your face. If you want to write him off because of horrendous QB play in 2013, that's your mistake.

Please name WRs that will be available at #30 that are better than Lee.

And thanks, Captain Obvious. Almost every point made on here is moot. The draft forum is pretty much specifically geared toward the debate and discussion of hypothetical situations. That said, I do agree that we will likely move up from 30--as I mentioned in the original post.

Sorry, not going to waste 30 mins making a list and arguing over which WRs are better than Lee, when it doesn't even matter.

We can revisit this in 3 years if you like....

Like I said, point is moot, we're not taking Lee and we won't stay at #30...
Not a fan of Lee.

BUTTT I love many of your other picks.

Real out-of-the-box thinking w/Whitlock
Not really a fan of Bucannon, and especially not of Skov. I think the 49ers need a guy who is better able to drop into coverage to offset the loss of Bowman. That said, I do like the other picks up until the 7th. Lee, Joyner, Desir, Fales, all good prospects that I'd be happy with. In the 7th I'd rather see a guy like Millard who is a true h-back prospect and not more RB's. Millard is also a lot more polished than a guy like Whitlock and would have been a much earlier pick had he not suffered the ACL injury.

This year I look at the 7th especially as a chance to buy low, pick up guys who have dropped down the boards due to injury issues, stuff them on IR and let them come back and compete for a spot next season.
Originally posted by CWin4949:
Sorry, not going to waste 30 mins making a list and arguing over which WRs are better than Lee, when it doesn't even matter.

We can revisit this in 3 years if you like....

Like I said, point is moot, we're not taking Lee and we won't stay at #30...

You forgot to add an IMO at the end of that. You not seeing it happen is fine, but can't state something as fact that you don't actually know.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on May 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM ]
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by CWin4949:
Sorry, not going to waste 30 mins making a list and arguing over which WRs are better than Lee, when it doesn't even matter.

We can revisit this in 3 years if you like....

Like I said, point is moot, we're not taking Lee and we won't stay at #30...

You forgot to add an IMO at the end of that. You not seeing it happen is fine, but can't state something as fact that you don't actually know.

We shall see
Originally posted by CWin4949:
I could skip school completely and still know that Lee is NOWHERE near #30 value and can name at least 3-5 better options at #30 not only at WR but overall positions in general.

Point is moot though, we're not going to be picking at #30 and we sure as heck aren't taking Lee.

Lee was one of the most dominant receivers in the country. Coming into this past season, he was the consensus top receiver in college. Yes, he had an off year, had some injury issues...etc, but he's still one of the very best receivers in the draft and is being strongly under-valued right now. There's things to criticize about his game, his hands can be iffy at times but he consistently creates separation and is a true playmaker in every sense of the word. He needs to work on adding strength and securing the football better but I see him being drafted lower than he rightfully should and turning out to be a pretty good pickup for someone.

If the 49ers took Lee at #30, I would not be upset with that.




Separation Skills-2-Excellent flexibility and fluidity as a route runner. Very good quickness and change-of-direction skills on tape (verified by 4.01 20-shuttle). Unique trait is ability to get out of breaks without losing momentum. Shows good acceleration out cuts to create separation. Strong feel working against zone coverage to weave through traffic and find soft spots. Biggest weakness is lack of strength getting off press coverage, and he has room for improvement in terms of savvy as vertical route runner (body positioning).


Ball Skills-3-On 2013 tape, struggled more tracking ball over shoulder and had more focus drops than previous two seasons. Statistics agree with tape: According to Greg Peshek's WR Metrics, Lee had worst 'drop percentage' (12.3) of nine top WR prospects in class. Was much more reliable in 2011 and 2012, but after going back and studying tape from those seasons again; there were warning signs (too many double catches, inconsistent focus, frequently looking to get up field before securing ball). May never have elite ball skills, but does have the body control and natural hand-eye coordination to develop into a reliable target with hard work and more attention to detail. In addition, he has good leaping ability (38-inch VJ) to contest on jump balls and flashes ability to make acrobatic catches in traffic and/or along sideline.


Big play ability-2-Long strider for size with deceptive top-end speed and good extra gear to track ball downfield. Plays faster than 40-time but not elite burner (like Odell Beckham Jr., Brandin Cooks). Does not have size/length of a Julio Jones or AJ Green to win one-on-one downfield battles, either. Ability to create after catch is good but not exceptional. Shows very good body control and stop-start ability. See him hesitate/dance too often after catch. At his best when he makes quick/decisive initial move to shake first defender, and then accelerate upfield. Gets tripped up too easily on occasion. Very good experience returning kicks and some experience returning punts.

Competitiveness-2-Adequate toughness. Willing to work middle of field. Plays with emotion. Gives quality effort as run blocker, but lacks ideal strength to consistently sustain. Competitive runner after catch, but ball carriage is loose. Must be more conscious of ball security in crowds. Could do better job selling routes when he's not primary.