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Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame

As draft day looms, the speculation on which player the 49ers will pick at #30 intensifies.

Prospects heavily linked to the 49ers such as Fleener and Hill, I believe will be gone before they pick. I've also heard alot about Jenkins possibly falling to the 49ers, but I think a team like the Lions will take a chance on him. Pure talent alone, he should be a top-15 pick.

Therefore,

I have the 49ers selecting: Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame

Baalke stresses the importance of picking the 'best player available' on the board. Smith, graded an 84.5/100 by nfl.com is an ultra-athletic, big and smart safety. He is extremely reliable and effective in run support, which comes from the ability to read and react to plays on a quick twitch off the snap.

The 49ers will have to come face-to-face with Gronk/Hernandez/Graham this season, a 6'2 guy like Smith would be a huge asset to our secondary. With the 49ers thin on safety depth and Goldson holding out, this pick seems to be the ideal scenario. Filling a need and picking the 'best player available'.

This pick may surprise many, but with Baalke being 'confident' his guy will be available at #30 and Smith projected to be a late 1st, early 2nd rounder, could Smith be the 'draft crush' Baalke is so in love with?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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