Posted April 18, 2014

San Francisco 49ers Mock Draft Tracker

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San Francisco 49ers 2014 NFL mock draft tracker: Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State (Bill Frakes/SI)

What will the San Francisco 49ers do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

April 17, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 7.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 30: Kony Ealy, DE/OLB, Missouri

We said: The latest Aldon Smith situation could force the 49ers to find an OLB earlier than they initially planned. Opinions are somewhat mixed on Ealy — a few have him far higher than this; I’d argue that late-Round 1 should be his ceiling. That said, assuming he develops at even half the rate that Smith did after arriving in San Francisco, he would provide a legitimate safety net in the event that Smith is cut loose.

April 10, 2014  2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 30: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

We said: The 49ers don’t have many holes, but their top two would have to be at cornerback and No. 3 receiver. From that standpoint, San Francisco appears well-positioned at No. 30. Verrett is a feisty, undersized slot corner who battles and finds the ball, and there are receiving options to be had as well. Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin doesn’t fit the slot role at 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, but he’s a big, athletic target who might be too enticing to pass up.

April 1, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 30: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

We said: The 49ers took chances on running back Marcus Lattimore and defensive end Tank Carradine in the 2013 draft, knowing full well that both players might have to “redshirt” as they recovered from injuries suffered in college. So, there’s probably no aversion in that front office to the idea of Fuller, who was sidelined in his senior year with a sports hernia, but shows a lot on tape when healthy. And he was healthy at the combine, running a 4.49 40 and looking good in the agility drills. Fuller played everything from tight and off coverage outside, to slot corner, to safety in college, and the 49ers could use that kind of versatility in a secondary that took hits when Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers left.

March 25, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 30: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

We said: The 49ers wisely took a shot on ex-Vikings CB Chris Cook this offseason, yet they still find themselves a bit thin in the secondary — with the loss of Tarell Brown to Oakland stinging. Adding Fuller to a mix that includes Chris Culliver, Tramaine Brock, Eric Wright and Cook would make the situation a lot friendlier. Bonus: Fuller lined up in multiple spots at Virginia Tech, so the 49ers could be creative with how they used him.

March 18, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 30: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

We said: With Carlos Rogers cut and Tarell Brown signing across the bay in Oakland, cornerback should rank highest on San Francisco’s need list (Vikings free-agent cornerback Chris Cook was added). Verrett is viewed as a likely slot corner in the NFL. He’s undersized at 5-9, 185, but he’s extremely competitive and athletic, and provides tight coverage. If the 49ers have to have another receiver, even with Anquan Boldin re-signed, FSU’s Kelvin Benjamin is the best of the remaining first-round-rated pass-catchers.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 30: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

We said: Yes, the Seahawks won the Super Bowl to end the 2013 season, but the 49ers and their fans will always wonder if the story of the NFC West would have turned out differently had Michael Crabtree been on the field for the entire season. Colin Kaepernick may have Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis together in 2014, but let’s give this offense a good backup plan at the bottom of the first round. Cooks is a smaller, tough receiver with impressive speed, and the Niners could use someone to split deep coverage and allow Kaepernick to unleash his deep ball more often.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 30: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

We said: The 49ers might lose Anquan Boldin to free agency, thus leaving them shy a physical fail-safe receiver on the outside who can go snatch Colin Kaepernick’s passes from DBs. Benjamin was inconsistent for the Seminoles, yet his 6-5, 244-pound frame (matched with a 4.53 40) falls right in line with what the 49ers crave at wide receiver.

Round 2, pick 56: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida

We said: Another typical 49ers pick at 56: an athletically gifted player with high upside in Watkins.

Round 2, pick 61: Keith McGill, CB, Utah

We said: San Francisco doubles down on DBs in Round 2 with the tall, athletic McGill, who can play cornerback but has safety experience.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 30: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

We said: Receiver and cornerback are the short-term needs in San Francisco, but Hageman’s potential to be a long-term force on the defensive line might change the 49ers’ thinking. With Justin Smith nearing the end of his career, San Francisco would view Hageman as his eventual replacement, while hoping it can get some early production from him as he rounds off the rough edges of his game. Hageman’s talent and ability aren’t in question. The former high school basketball player has freakish athletic ability and might post impressive numbers in Indy and come out of the combine as one of the first round’s risers. But he needs to improve his technique and show more consistent effort, and the team that takes him may have to show some first-year patience with him.

Feb. 6, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 30: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

We said: At some point in the draft, head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke will look hard at receivers, knowing that if Michael Crabtree had been healthy all season, the NFC might have gone a different way. But there’s also the matter of the defensive line over the long term — and that’s the cornerstone of Vic Fangio’s defense. Hageman, with his knack for blasting opposing linemen from the nose-shade and three-technique spots, would be an exceptional complement to Justin Smith in the short term — and Smith’s ultimate replacement over time.

Jan. 9, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 28: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

We said: NFL scouts will not love seeing the moments of inconsistency from Benjamin. What they will love is how he uses his 6-5 frame to box out defenders, as he did on the game-winning catch in the BCS title game. The 49ers obviously coveted that sort of ability in trading for Anquan Boldin, one of the best at winning contested balls. Benjamin would add another option.

Dec. 5, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 26: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

We said: The 49ers have been searching for corner help since the offseason, which explains moves to add Nnamdi Asomugha (later waived) and Eric Wright. Verrett does not have top-end size at the position, but he’s demonstrated shutdown abilities throughout his career.

Sept. 24, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 21: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

We said: The 49ers spent the preseason trying to piece together their cornerback depth chart — they signed Nnamdi Asomugha this offseason, then twice added Eric Wright. They could use an influx of young talent there, and the physical Ekpre-Olomu has shown himself to be a playmaker in Oregon’s secondary.

April 30, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 32: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

We said: With Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine gone, Jernigan should be the star of Florida State’s D-line in 2013. He’s a monster up front and could project to fit multiple defensive schemes.

2 comments
MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

Going to be an Interesting Draft this Year for the NINERS especially the 1st 2 Rounds, they DO NEED that 1 more Offensive Piece and COOKS or BENJAMIN could be that but I doubt COOKS will be their at #30. But they could also use a Guy like TIMMY JERNIGAN if he Fall's that Far even though that Secondary Needs Help now which should be Primary a Primary Concern but maybe they'll sign that CB from the TITANS then WR or D-LINE.

Cartesian
Cartesian

Bet they take Cooks #1 and not Benjamin.