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49ers Mock Draft 2.0

Mar 31, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Let's do a mock draft for the 49ers first 3 rounds.

Round 1 - Trade pick #30 of round 1, pick #29 or round 2, and 2015 first round pick to Tennesse for pick #11, and pick #10 of round 6.

With pick #11 of the first round - Sammy Watkins - Wide Receiver, Clemson - The 49ers make a move up for an explosive playmaker. Experts compare Watkins to Torrey Smith of the Ravens and Percy Harvin of the Seahawks.

Round 2 - With pick #24 of the second round - Pierre Desir - Cornerback, Lindenwood - Desir put up a stand out performance at the Senior Bowl. At 6'1", Desir has experience in a variety of defensive schemes and finished his four year collegiate career with 25 interceptions.

Round 3 - Trade pick #13 of round 3, to Chicago in exchange for pick #18 of round 3, pick #17 of round 4 and pick #7 of round 6.

With pick #18 of the third round - Weston Richburg - Center, Colorado State - Like Desir, Richburg was a standout at the Senior Bowl. The 6'3", 300 pound center had scouts buzzing with his toughness and will provide competition for the starting center job.

With pick #30 of the third round - Anthony Johnson - Defensive Tackle, LSU - Will push Quinton Dial for a spot in the defensive line rotation.

With pick #36 of the third round - Donte Moncrief - WR, Mississippi - As a 21-year-old rookie Moncrief will have time to develop and compete with Jonathan Baldwin for the final WR spot on the 2014 roster.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


  • Lucky Phil
    I like that Watkins pick but no way he lasts until 11. He should be gone by #5. Here are my picks; trade #1 and #3 (DAL) for Dee Ford. Trade #2 and future 2nd to move up and get Paul Richardson the 2nd best WR in the draft. Trade Crabtree for a 3rd and future 2nd. Take P. Desir, #2 (KC). Trade future 2nd for Jimmie Ward (S). #3 for J. Huff, 2nd #3 for J Herron and final #3 for G Atkinson (RB/WR). #4 Khari Fortt. #5 C. Lyerla (TE/FB). #6 Demitri Goodson (DB). Jack, you sold me on P. Desir, even though he's small school I would take a chance on him.
    Apr 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM
  • Rivera
    What I wish we would do that would piss off everyone is trade up and draft manziel. Weve been a strong team as well as seahawks because of our low cap numbers on our qbs. Which allowed us to build a team around them. Kapernick is wanting around 20mill a year and if we give him That we will most likely lose crabtree and the best LG in football, with vernon davis contract coming up soon. But if we got manziel we wont win a superbowl this year ( not that we will with kapernick) but we keep that low cap number at qb and continue spending xtra cap on building a team around our future... Trade kap to browns for #4 get j football and at 30 grab a wr.. We will make playoffs for bext 5 years and win 2 superbowls... # get brave balke
    Apr 29, 2014 at 11:44 PM
  • stonefly
    Richard Sherman went in the 5th round from Stanford where JH turned him from receiver to corner, was he still coaching Stanford when he was drafted? Except for 2012 the draft has worked out fairly well for a team that uses the draft and a few select players from FA (Sorry N Asamoua, sp?) I mean hard to argue with being relevant again!
    Apr 27, 2014 at 5:55 PM
  • Kallen
    Jack Hammer has zero credibility if he thinks Watkins will be available outside the top ten. Honestly. He was one of the best prospects to come through in the last decade. I know what your thinking, "Crabtree fell when we got him before", but that was different. He had some red flags (and we have witnessed those come true with injuries and a contract holdout). There is no such thing as a sure thing (ever), but Watkins is about as close as it gets.
    Apr 26, 2014 at 8:48 AM
    Response: I didn't make the picks out of thin air. I ran the draft simulator at a number of times and Watkins fell to 11 repeatedly.
  • Zl1vette
    Only one problem: Sammy Watkins won't make it past the first 5 picks. I think that they have a better shot of trading with Atlanta or Tampa Bay and grabbing Mike Evans.
    Apr 23, 2014 at 7:48 AM
  • Bob
    I like it but NO CHANCE Watkins is there at #11.
    Apr 17, 2014 at 7:41 AM
  • heath
    I only see around 5 guys making roster since we are so stacked-with that being said. We need top CB and top WR. Round 1 CB Verret,Roby, fuller or Dennard if he falls.Round 2 Benjimin, Lattimer,Beckem jr,. We need 2 good corners and 2 wr out of first 3 rounds, then take a LB and a Saftey.Trade all other picks we can because they not gonna make stacked team anyways
    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM
  • Chris
    I quit reading after seeing Sammy Watkins at pick #11. What were you smoking when you wrote this? He won't last that long. Giving up a #1 doesn't make sense, either.
    Apr 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM
  • Davideo
    Trade down out of the 1st round (30) for a mid 2nd (early 40's) and 3rd round pick (80's-90's range). (Trade the original 2nd (56) and 5th (170) and move up in the 2nd round (early 40's). Trade the 2nd (61) and the 4th round picks (129) for a mid 2nd rounder. Trade (2) of the (4) 3rd round pics away for next years draft. Hopefully, the draft could look like this: (3) 2nd round pics in the 40's. (2) 3rd round pics (77-100) and (3) 7th round pics, plus (2) extra 2nd round pics next year.
    Apr 6, 2014 at 5:18 PM
  • oldniner
    Baalke has been quoted as not believing in the "one great player away from a Super Bowl win". I could see him trading up to #25 - maybe-but more likely to trade down for more seconds and thirds if the guy they want at #30 isn't there. He would shoot himself in the head before trading away a future #1. More likely he'd trade for someone else's future #1. Lots of desperate teams out there. Baalke will play them like a fiddle.
    Apr 5, 2014 at 9:03 AM
  • Mike C
    The best deal. Move up to take two first round draft picks. Give up both second round choices. One third round choice, and give away ffith round. Next years second round would sweeten the deal as well. The Niners only have two more good years to make it to the SuperBowl. They need to take a Corner and wide receiver, immediatley. Now that Cuuliver may be suspended, it will be awful in the backfield. Again, if any reciever get hurt, OH BOY.
    Apr 4, 2014 at 10:58 AM
    Response: Per the CBA, Culliver won't be suspended until after this goes through the legal system. He'll likely make it through this entire season.
  • G9er
    Jack: Would love to see 9ers draft Sammy Watkins, but can't see Baalke trading 1st round 2015 draft pick! His MO is trade when he has the advantage! Can't remember who, but another sports writer took a survey of who the 9ers should draft first and 75% of responders said a CB 1st and then a WR 2nd! Odds are 9ers will trade down in first round for additional 2-3 Round picks, using them to get players they want!!
    Apr 4, 2014 at 12:37 AM
  • Nale Gunn
    Love that Watkins pick! Here's mine; Dee Ford (1st) Moncrief (move up 2nd) Keith McGill (2nd) Telvin Smith, move to SS(3rd) Dontae Johnson, CB (3rd) J. Huff (3rd) G. Atkinson, wr/rb (4th) Khari Fortt, LB (4th). Call Me Crazy!....What you called me crazy? LOL
    Apr 3, 2014 at 8:25 AM
  • cole austin
    so your saying you would not like clowney at #2 or watkins and get gilbert at #13 and we would still have a round picks for giving up next years first round what will be in the range of 25th-32th pick and the other picks we give up this year think about it.
    Apr 2, 2014 at 2:22 PM
    Response: No. You told us to call you crazy so I did. Why would the Rams want to help a division rival like that?
  • cole austin
    So call me crazy but what about this? trade for the rams 2 and 13th pics this year get the best WR & CB in the draft and give them our first round pick this year and next year. also give them our 2rd and two 3rd round picks and 4 round and also 7 round pick so that would give us #2 #13 #61 #94 #170 and then we would have 2 7th round picks left we can trade and give away.
    Apr 2, 2014 at 1:38 PM
    Response: You're crazy.
  • Dallas Niner Fan
    Works for me, assuming Watkins is there. But being an SJSU alum can we not get Fales in there somewhere?
    Apr 2, 2014 at 7:22 AM
    Response: Fales isn't worthy of a pick in top 100, but he would be a nice choice in round 5 or later.
  • pat
    I'd do this if Watkins were to fall to 11, but everything I read indicates that would be unlikely. It might still be worth it for evans though. Any reason to suspect Tennessee is looking to deal? I've been thinking about what we could get back for Crabtree considering his contract situation. If the offer was a mid first plus a first rounder in 2015 for Crabby and the 61 pick, I think you have to do it. Would that be close to his value and who might be interested, Dallas?
    Apr 1, 2014 at 6:06 PM
    Response: Tennessee could use an extra pick. They need a lot of guys. Rumor has it that Crabtree could be had for a first rounder or high second.
  • rik
    i disagree with a couple of the guys you picked, nice need based drafting though, if we move up to 11 you gotta fill a need that is most pressing and with this culliver nonsense justin gilbert would be my pick, and i don't particularly like drafting Desir that high because he is a developmental player not someone with immediate help potential, would rather have a second tier receiver like Devante adams at that spot and then also i like travis swanson better than Richburg he has experience against much better competition in the SEC and he has experience playing in a run heavy pro style system at Arkansas he would be nice insurance policy if kilgore doesn't work out.
    Apr 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM
  • michael
    You trade up to #11 your either going for the guy i want from Michigan ST. Darqueze Dennard. Or your going for Mike Evens. You want Watkins you have to trade with Oakland at #5
    Apr 1, 2014 at 7:24 AM
  • Gonzola
    Thank God Roman is gone!!!! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Now it is time for voodoo magic to bring back Bill Walsh... or start to introduce the fun and gun. Word!
    Apr 1, 2014 at 6:33 AM
    Response: Thank God there are still some that don't look at calendars!
  • Jess
    Sammy Watkins will not be available at # 11. have to trade up to at least pick # 5
    Mar 31, 2014 at 8:34 PM
  • Chris
    I agree with "Gunner49" and want to hear why you think it would take a #1, #2, and a future #1 to get to pick #11 (when it would definitely get us into the 5-8 range. See-Falcons 2011) I want to hear why Sammy Watkins falls to 11. Can you really explain any of this?
    Mar 31, 2014 at 7:21 PM
    Response: I used the draft simulator at to provide a more realistic process. Watkins fell to #11 about 80% of the time, and was taken before #9 only once in 50 runs. VaNiner mentioned the draft trade value chart below. Pick #11 has a value of 1250, requiring the use of pick 30, and either 24 and 30 or 30 and next years 1. By keeping 24 I was able to get one of the better corners available in round 2. Forget the small school thing, Tim McKyer and Don Griffin helped the 49ers win back to back Super Bowls and both were from small schools.
  • Gunner49
    This sounds like something Sydney Mayhew would have written. Complete, utter nonsense. No way Baalke trades away this many picks and no way Watkins falls to 11. Also, you apparently haven't been reading the papers. The Niners needed a CB in the worse way before Culliver lost his mind this weekend. Now they need two of them. 1 guy from Linderwood (is that a kindergarten?) isn't going to get it done.
    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:43 PM
    Response: Nothing will happen with Culliver until after the case has gone through the court system. With the speed of the California legal system it is likely that Culliver won't go to trial until sometime in 2015. By that time the season will already be over.
  • Frank
    I have no doubts we'll see Baalke do some trading up...but it's more likely to be in the 2nd rd. He could also trade out of #30 to get a 3rd 2nd rounder. BL: there are plenty of quality WR's and CB's. No need to spend 3 picks to get Watkins. Besides w/Crabtree's Niner future uncertain and Boldin only signed for 2 yrs, Baalke needs to prepare for their departure. Standing pat or trading out of #30 he could arguably snare Matthews and Adams or a comparable "big" WR. Room to get a speedster later with a guy like Herron. I like Desir, but Baalke has to get 2 quality WR's and CB's with his first 6 picks. Forget the C, don't need him. Get that other big-time instead...much bigger need. CBMoncrief won't still be on the board that deep in the 3rd rd.
    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:12 PM
    Response: It's only costing 1 pick to get Watkins.
  • Genus49
    How did this mock (very fitting) get posted here? Maybe we can grab Clowney in the 7th round while we're at it.
    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:06 PM
  • VaNiner
    This a deep CB draft! Let's not get too excited with the latest small college DB. Pierre Desir is intriguing but a 2nd round pick? Point is that with 2 No1 and a 2 you should move all the way up to pick 7. Not sure Watkins is that once in every five year play worth trading up for. Is he as good as Julio Jones? Was Julio Jones worth the picks?
    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:30 PM
    Response: "To me, there is no debate here," Cosell said. "I think Sammy Watkins, based on what I've seen, is the best receiver in this draft. And I think you can make the argument that he's the best wide receiver to come out since the A.J. Green, Julio Jones 2011 draft. I mean, he's got size, speed, hands, shiftiness, explosion. I think Sammy Watkins is hands down the best receiver in this draft."
  • Marty One
    Others have pointed out, Sammy Watkins (top-5 talent) will not be there at the 11th pick. At 11th, you're likely targeting Mike Evans... the question then becomes are you giving up too much?... Desir is more like a 4th round pick based on most scouts' positional rankings. Desir is ranked about the 13th best CB, so to take him in the 2nd round is not that smart. Just to name a few CBs that might be ranked ahead of him with similar built: Marcus Roberson, Aaron Colvin, Jaylin Watkins, Antone Exum. Did I miss something that shot up Desir's value in the draft?
    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:08 PM
    Response: CBS Sports has Desir as a 2-3 round guy. Colvin tore up his knee at the Senior Bowl so he likely won't go until day 3.
  • mrwoodz511
    Trade up by all means, but don't lose next year's first. This is a deep draft, and next year looks to be deep as well, so having firsts is crucial
    Mar 31, 2014 at 2:37 PM
  • Gandrew
    I'd be happy with that. Although I would rather use the Third round pick #30 on a Safety. Any D-Line we take means we have to cut someone that can play in the League.
    Mar 31, 2014 at 2:37 PM
  • VaNiner
    No way SF gives up this many choices to move up to pick 11. Round 1, pick 11 has a chart value of 1250 points. SF's Round 1, pick 30 has a chart value of 620 points. To make up the point value, you can package Round 2, pick 56 at 340 points and Round 2, pick 61 at 292 points. Those three picks total 1252 points. Throwing in 590 to 620 point round 1 pick in 2015 makes no sense given the point total could be 1532 or more. The total point value you propose should be enough to move into Tampa Bay's spot at pick 7. At that spot, I'd pick Mike Evans if Sammy Watkins is gone.
    Mar 31, 2014 at 2:33 PM
    Response: Trading out of round 2 eliminates Desir. He has the type of size and ability the 49ers look for.

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