The mock draft is back to picking up some steam as Niners Nation mascot Paul Soliai went to Seattle and John Wendling (Wyoming safety) went to Denver. At first I was a little surprised at the Wendling pick, as many mock drafts had him going in the 4th round or later. However, upon further review, I realized the Broncos lack a 4th round AND 5th round pick. Clearly it'd be hard to trade into the 4th round without a 5th rounder this year, so if there's a guy you want, sometimes you just have to reach for them.
In the meantime, I've thrown up a poll with some options for our compensatory pick later this round. With 10 picks to go until ours, it's time to hammer out a clear idea of who we want. Thus far, the discussion has centered primarily around defensive tackles and offensive lineman. With Soliai gone I threw up some of the usual suspects. In addition, I added some intriguing options I had not considered before.
Lorenzo Booker, RB, Florida State - Booker is a relatively small guy but could be worth a gamble late in the 3rd. He's not Michael Bush, but he could certainly be a wildcard option as a backup to Gore. While we'll have Hicks back, I'd like to look at other options to team up with Robinson as backups to Gore. Another running back option here could be Brandon Jackson, if we wanted to continue this run of Nebraska players!
Fred Bennett - He had shoulder surgery which has been an issue and might be a guy we could grab in the 4th or 5th round. However, you can never have too many corners in a division absolutely loaded with wide receivers. Additionally, he can play a little free safety as needed (although he's a little undersized for it), so he could provide some flexible depth. Ironically enough, at New Era Scouting, the player he reminds them of? Ahmed Plummer. Could make for good upside, BAD downside.
Thoughts on some of these guys?
[EDITOR'S UPDATE 1:35PM] - BRANDON MEBANE SELECTED BY THE JETS