It's already that time of year: Mock-draft time. Some of you hate it, but I love to see, at the very least, which guys are considered worthy of going where. I also like it because it gives me a chance to sound-off on people's picks for my team.
Such is the case as I look at Albert Breer's first mock of the 2013 draft season. The NFL Network reporter/insider made a curious pick for the 49ers with the 30th overall selection in the first round. Breer said he consulted with scouts and NFL personnel men in coming up with his picks...I wonder who he talked to that helped him make the 49ers pick?
Without further adieu, Breer selected for the 49ers...
Eddie Lacy - RB - Alabama
Strange, I know. The 49ers have one of the best RBs in the league in Frank Gore, drafted Kendall Hunter two years ago, and recently selected LaMichael James in the second round in last year's draft. Add to that they have Jewel Hampton on the squad to go with special teamer Anthony Dixon.
Granted, the latter two aren't key contributors on offense, which means that Lacy could replace them, but Hampton spent much of the year on the PUP until Hunter went on IR with his injury. Lacy certainly isn't playing a ton of special teams as a first-round running back, either. So that would suggest that the 49ers would need to get rid of one of their top backs in order to fit Lacy on the squad...unless they keep five on the roster.
I guess Brandon Jacobs was the fifth back in 2012, so it's possible...but is it probable? The only explanation I can come up with is the aging Frank Gore. Perhaps people are starting to think that the 49ers should trade Gore before his rapid decline commences.
It's been a popular topic for a while now, but then Gore goes out and kills it every year and the talk quiets down. I suppose with the off-season coming up it's naturally the time to start thinking of this again, so maybe that's where Breer was going with this. Sure would have been nice to get some explanation on the pick, though.
What do you think of the selection? Would you be livid, OK with it, happy, ecstatic?