ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay released his latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft (Insider-protected) and he has the 49ers selecting LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, who has become a bit more regular in our 49ers Mock Draft Database. He joins ESPN's other major draft analyst, Mel Kiper Jr, who had the 49ers selecting Patrick Peterson last week. McShay had some fairly generic comments about the 49ers needs and Peterson:
The 49ers are looking for a quarterback to fit their West Coast system and would likely pass on Newton even if he were available, and in a dream scenario they would find a way to bring in Kevin Kolb from Philadelphia. That would allow San Francisco to fill a big need with one of the top three players on the board. Peterson's combination of size, athleticism and versatility are unmatched in this year's cornerback class.
To get Peterson down to the 49ers, McShay had the following top six draft order:
1. Carolina - Marcell Dareus, DT
2. Denver - Von Miller, OLB
3. Buffalo - Blaine Gabbert, QB
4. Cincinnati - A.J. Green, WR
5. Arizona - Cam Newton, QB
6. Cleveland - Da'Quan Bowers, DE
I didn't update the mock draft database last week due to my Vegas trip, so you'll have to compare this week's (after the jump and HERE) with the two week old mock draft database. This week we see cornerback picking up steam as the position of choice, and more specifically Patrick Peterson as the player of choice. Out of 30 mock drafts, Peterson was selected in 12 and the cornerback position was selected in 17.
Mock drafts are always fun to observe over the course of the NFL Draft season, but it's just as fun looking back at how far off some of these guys will be in five weeks. Of course, given that we're only talking about the top seven picks as far as the 49ers are concerned, the number of options is at least a little limited. There are players coming and going, but it seems like there's about 8-10 players bouncing into and out of the top seven picks. Trades could shake things up as far as what teams are taking the players, but the talent level appears set.
Feel free to mock me when I too am proven wrong as one team has a strange fixation with a player nobody has projected in the top seven. It's just the way these things play out.