Round 2 Mock Draft: Do The 49ers Need An Offensive Guard?

Just when you thought you had escaped the world of mock drafts, we drag you back in for one more. Ryan Van Bibber released his Round 2 mock draft and WEEI had their own mock draft early this morning. Both mocks had the 49ers drafting an offensive lineman, as RVB went with Miami (Ohio) OG Brandon Brooks and WEEI went with Cal offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz.

I've got to think day two will tell us a whole lot about the 49ers thoughts on the right guard position. Numerous mock drafts had the 49ers going with an offensive lineman in the first or second round. Day one showed us how little these mocks (and we as fans) sometimes actually know about the team's draft plans and actual needs. Wide receiver depth was considered an area of need, but nobody had AJ Jenkins going to the 49ers.

When I was considering draft predictions, I ended up with Amini Silatolu in the first round, in part because I decided to play to the conventional wisdom. My one hesitation with mocking the first round was always that the 49ers could very well be happy with Daniel Kilgore and potentially Alex Boone competing for the starting RG spot.

At the same time, drafting an offensive lineman in the second or third round does not necessarily mean they do not like Kilgore as a long term option. Kilgore could still potentially swing inside to the center position. And if Alex Boone turns out to be a capable option at right guard, an offensive tackle would be a good long term option in Boone's previous swing tackle role.

All of this is simply to say that clearly we have no idea what will happen the rest of the way for the 49ers. We have beliefs on positions of need, but predicting the actual players involved is an exercise in futility.

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