49ers’ 2014 Mock Draft of first three rounds

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As the San Francisco 49ers continue to build their draft board, we can only speculate on which players GM Trent Baalke will target. From wide receiver to cornerback, those are the two most talked about positions the 49ers will likely target with their first two picks. And with an abundance of talent at the wide receiver position, the question remains will the 49ers target a tier No. 1 wide receiver like WR Mike Evans or sit back and wait for a tier No. 2 wide receiver? And with the 49ers likely moving vertically on draft day, for the sake of where they stand currently, we have created our first 49ers’ mock draft of the first three-rounds based on where they stand now. So without further ado, here is my first 49ers 2014 mock draft.

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1. WR Jordan Matthews (First-Round No. 30)

Analysis: A player that I have been following all season long, Matthews showed why I said he may be targeted in the second-round last month. A player that has now sky-rocketed up draft boards with one of the top NFL Combine workouts of any receiver, he will now likely go in the tail-end of Round 1, making him a viable option for the 49ers. At 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds, Matthews has the size, speed (4.46), and football IQ to make a nice splash his rookie season. A big target that can win his fair share of battles between the 20′s while becoming a nice deep-threat on obvious passing situations, Matthews would be a nice addition and an insurance policy for WR Michael Crabtree if he decides to test free-agency after the 2014 season.

2. CB Kyle Fuller (Second-Round No. 56 via Kansas City trade for QB Alex Smith)

Analysis: With the 49ers desperately needing depth at the cornerback position with the uncertain futures of both CB Carlos Rogers and CB Tarell Brown, Fuller would be a nice addition to the 49ers secondary. A player that loves to play aggressive while providing help in run support, Fuller would be a nice fit alongside CB Tramaine Brock and CB Chris Culliver.

3. CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Second-Round No. 61)

Analysis: You can never have enough quality cornerbacks and with Jean-Baptiste standing 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, how can you pass him up? A player that would easily challenge the bigger wide receivers of today while also providing a big lift in red zone defense, Jean-Baptiste would be another defensive weapon that Vic Fangio can work with in his favor. And with Culliver also playing in a contract year, there is no reason for the 49ers not to draft two cornerbacks this year.

4.  SS Deone Buchannon (Third-Round No. 77 via Tennessee Titans trade)

Analysis: The 49ers grab the second best strong safety in this year’s draft and how could you argue the selection? A very likely possibility especially if SS Donte Whitner departs via free-agency, Buchannon would provide the 49ers with a young strong safety to groom for the future. A hard hitter with the aggressive style to match, Buchanon will be a nice addition on special-teams to start his NFL career.

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5. DE Dominique Easley (Third-Round No. 94)

Analysis: Easley would be a nice addition alongside DE Tank Carradine. A quick and explosive first step as Easley explodes off the snap, he has been hampered by a torn ACL in both knees, leaving his draft stock to fall. However, the 49ers would be wise to draft Easley as he is a first-round talent just like RB Marcus Lattimore last season. A player that would be a nice risk/reward selection, Easley is well worth the risk.

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