There is no question that the San Francisco 49ers will likely trade-up in the first-round to grab a top tier wide receiver. A draft class that is filled with talent at the wide receiver position, they will surely target WR Mike Evans, WR Brandin Cooks and WR Odell Beckham Jr. However, how that will set the tone for the rest of their 2014 draft class remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, they will make a splash.
So which names should the Forever Faithful be expecting to hear when the 49ers are on the clock in San Pedro Square? Well rest assured we have identified those players as they likely have gold helmets next to their name. So without further ado, here is our 49ers’ seven-round mock draft.
1. First-Round (trade up from No. 30)- WR Brandin Cooks (Oregon State)
Analysis: I specifically asked GM Trent Baalke about Cooks’ ability because he is the one player that I see the 49ers trading up for aside from Evans and Beckham Jr. A great complement No. 3 receiver, Cooks will likely be their man.
2. Second-Round (No. 56)- OLB Marcus Smith (Louisville)
Analysis: The 49ers need more depth at the outside linebacker position and Smith fits the bill to a tee with his elongated wingspan and big hands. A pass-rusher with speed, Smith will harass quarterbacks with his sack/fumble technique while creating what’s that word? “Competition” at the outside linebacker position with OLB Corey Lemonier.
3. Second-Round (No. 61)- Traded in deal for Cooks
4. Third-Round (No. 77)- CB Bashaud Breeland (Clemson)
Analysis: 49ers GM Trent Baalke has not drafted a cornerback higher than the third-round and as a result he will do the same in this year’s draft class as they select Breeland. A player in which Baalke spent extensive time with as he had dinner with the Clemson cornerback, Breeland continues to be linked to the team with his high-potential ability.
4. Third-Round (No. 94)- DE Dominique Easley (Florida)
Analysis: Baalke loves to find talent in the later rounds and he selects a sure-fire top 15 pick that slipped simply due to injuries. This may turn out to be the steal of the draft as Easley is a force to be reckoned with. Paired with DE Tank Carradine, the two Florida kids will be the future of the 49ers once DE Justin Smith retires.
5. Third-Round (No. 100)- ILB Shayne Skov (Stanford)
Analysis: The 49ers select the first Stanford product since head coach Jim Harbaugh took over the reigns in 2011. A high-character, high motor, all effort player, Skov will make a name for himself early on as a special-teams ace.
6. Fourth-Round (No. 129)- CB Aaron Colvin (Oklahoma)
Analysis: Colvin came in for a pre-draft visit and Baalke loves selecting players who’s stock fell due to injuries. Just like Easley before him, Colvin gets the nod.
7. Fifth-Round (No. 170)- QB Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech)
Analysis: The 49ers need a quarterback to groom and despite the 49ers trading for QB Blaine Gabbert, a practice squad type presence may be in the cards for Thomas. A player I had the 49ers targeting back in January, it looks more apparent that Thomas is on their board.
8. Seventh-Round (No. 242)- SS Shamiel Gary (Oklahoma State)
Analysis: Regional Scout Bob Morris spent time with Gary after his Pro Day. They seem to like him and have him on their board.
9. Seventh-Round (No. 243)- DE Michael Sam (Missouri)
Analysis: The 49ers met with him after his Pro Day and I see this scenario being a likely one as the 49ers locker room is strong enough to handle the controversial but talented Co-SEC player of the Year.
10. Seventh-Round (No. 245)- FB Ryan Hewitt (Stanford)
Analysis: The 49ers lost FB Anthony Dixon via free-agency and need a backup for FB Bruce Miller, enter Hewitt.