In a release of ESPN’s latest NFL Mock Draft between two of the very best in Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, they both released their updated Mock Draft. Two draft gurus that are considered the best in the business, they seem to disagree on the San Francisco 49ers first-round selection (No. 30). Not only do the players differ which is somewhat expected, but more surprisingly is the side of the ball, as Kiper goes offense while McShay goes defense.
Here is a brief look at who Kiper believes the 49ers will take along with an analysis:
Selection: WR Jarvis Landry (LSU)
Knowing how Jim Harbaugh has raved about the pass-catching ability of Michael Crabtree, I think the coach will like what he sees of Landry when he rolls the tape. It’s not Harbaugh’s final call to make, but what they’d get in Landry is a really strong hands-catcher who is fluid in and out of his breaks and doesn’t care about making catches in traffic. Landry is a competitor, and isn’t afraid to throw a block. He’s done a good job of building on the considerable base of talent he flashed coming out of high school.
While I agree with the position, I do not necessarily agree with the pick. Sure Landry is an LSU product prompting Kiper to select him just like FS Eric Reid but he is nowhere near a first-round talent.
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Here is McShay’s selection as he pencils in a defensive tackle:
Selection: DT Ra’Shede Hageman (Minnesota)
The Niners would like to add a receiver with the ability to take the top off of a defense, but there isn’t one available here worthy of a first-round pick. But while the 49ers’ defensive front seven is outstanding, now is a great time to bring in another young D-lineman to develop, with Justin Smith turning 35 in September. Hageman has some boom-or-bust qualities (he needs to improve his consistency and technique), but he showed improvement last season, is tall, well-proportioned and naturally strong, and not many guys his size move like he does. Landing with a defense like San Francisco’s could be exactly what he needs.
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This is an even bigger head scratcher for me considering the 49ers already have DE Tank Carradine waiting in the wings. And while I agree Hageman to be a boom-or-bust type of prospect his inconsistent play has me a bit worried. However, that could be due to his limited college football background as he’s still learning the game. One of five players I said to watch going into the Senior Bowl, Hageman is definitely a wild card.