Note: I don't follow the draft as closely as others, but I figured I'd give it a shot. I'm not a scout, so I figured I'd post a few excerpts from actual scouts on these players.
Also, I did a full, 97 pick mock draft, selecting fairly for every team. Every pick was who I felt was the best available player combined with the 49ers' needs. I did not simply make the 5 picks the 49ers have based on who I thought would be available as others do, so I apologize if I didn't select your 5 draft crushes lol.
If you have any players you think I might have overlooked (you think would be available), please throw them out there and I'd love to have the discussion.
#31- Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU
Safety is obviously the 49ers biggest need in this draft (unless they add someone in FA in the next 30 days) and Cyprien is the 2nd best one in this class. Very hard hitter, sound tackler, and most importantly, plays very smart. Doesn't have the athleticism of Vaccaro (who I'd trade up for), but is solid all-around. The next best player/fit on my board was Logan Ryan, CB.
Possesses enough speed and athleticism to cover ground as a zone defender in the back half and line up against slot receivers inside. Closes on stretch runs and quick throws to outside receivers even when playing well back from the line. Beats receiver blocks with quickness or strength. His secure tackling in those situations is also notable, as he brings some attitude into his attempts unlike other defensive backs in this class. Used as a blitzer on run and pass plays, can overpower running back blocks.
Aggressive in coverage, he can be sucked up by play action and will jump underneath routes, allowing plays over the top. Lacks elite change of direction and quickness in man coverage, and does not recover like a corner if beaten by a quick move off the line or in space.
#34- Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
I couldn't resist when he was still available. Every position now has a starter, and I would be perfectly fine with taking a TE later in the 2nd or 3rd, but Ertz was my best player available. The combination of him and Vernon Davis is a scary thought for opposing defenses. As a receiver, the Jason Witten comparison is fitting. He's not much of a blocker, but has the size and athleticism (and knowledge of the 49ers offense) to become a good one. The next best player/fit on my board was Justin Hunter, WR
Smooth athlete with good route quickness to create some separation and sneaky speed to get behind the defense. Tough with the ball in his hands and isn't afraid to deliver hits, lowering his pads and finishing runs. Not afraid to get physical as a blocker and gives good effort in this area, always looking for someone to block downfield. Tracks the ball well and does a nice job adjusting his frame to make the tough catch, extending and plucking. Does a nice job selling his patterns, getting good depth in his routes and immediately looking for the ball out of his breaks. Nice job deceiving defenders and finding soft spots in coverage to make something happen after the catch.
Inconsistent in-line blocker, can get after his man but also loses the leverage battle and gets pushed back too easily. Misses second-level blocks when lunging at targets instead of getting position. Nice job adding bulk to his frame, but needs to continue to develop his strength to sustain blocks at the line of scrimmage.
#61- Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern St.
Same pick as last time. Very large DT with some versatility- played both the 5-tech and NT in college. Excellent athleticism for someone his size (341 lbs). Not sure if he can play anything other than nose tackle, but he was the best player available on my board. I'm not sure Brandon Albert is the long term solution at NT. The next best available player/fit on my board was Quinton Patton, WR
Presents a low center of gravity and strong upper body to push consistently push man-up blockers into the backfield. Gets hands on his man fast, extends his arm to get leverage and can hold his ground. Uses his hands to swim or rip past blockers into the backfield. Also wins gaps by attacking a shoulder or out-quicking his man with a first step. Moves down the line adeptly while engaged to flow with plays.
Doesn't make a lot of plays outside the box because of average effort and closing speed. Inconsistent at finding the ball, lowers his head at times trying to win gaps, allowing himself to get ridden out of plays. Slow to spin off blocks, and double-teams can move him
#74- Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon St.
Fell a bit this time in my mock based on teams filling their WR need (Dolphins, Seahawks, Vikings). Not a big receiver (5"11, 189), but a receiver I really like. Outstanding quickness and speed, can be used in multiple ways (screens, end-arounds, etc) and would be the perfect complement to Crabtree. NFL.com comparison is Antonio Brown, and I see it.
His quickness is blatant and dangerous. Whether taking off from the slot or outside, his feet are literally a step ahead of his defender on everything from speed outs, crossers, to jerk routes. Displays the flexibility to grab throws behind him or over his shoulder when running deep. He'll also extend away from his body to bring in high or wide throws, and will stutter on the sideline to ensure he makes the catch in-bounds.
Too often he will let the ball into his frame as opposed to attacking it. Will round off deeper pattern that consist of him coming back to the quarterback. Can be overwhelmed by physical corners in his route, and especially at the line of scrimmage. Inconsistent as a blocker. Willing, but too often will fall off his block, or allow his man to simply overpower him.
#93- Brandon Jenkins, OLB, FSU
He's a top 40 player in this draft if not for the season ending injury that hasn't seemed to fully heal yet. He looked like a 1st round pick when healthy, so this is the kind of risk I don't mind the 49ers taking. According to NFL.com, the draft advisory committee told him he wouldn't be any lower than 2nd round pick, but he falls a bit with the injury still not fully healed (I'm basing that on his pro day performance). Would likely be nothing more than a rotational pass rusher, but the Seahawks took one of those in the 1st round last year.
Possesses very good initial quickness, eats up grass with long strides, and has the flexibility to turn the corner as a pass rusher. Has length and upper-body strength to rip off blocks and throw quarterbacks and running backs to the ground. Also displays the power to get lesser linemen on their heels. Not contact-shy playing the run, will stick his shoulder to keep leverage against single blocker and double teams to hold the line.
Suffered a Lisfranc injury in his left foot in 2012 opener, could redshirt. Pops up out of his stance off the snap, losing his momentum as an edge rusher. Hustle to chase plays is inconsistent. Change of direction skills are only adequate, fails to prevent backs from getting the sideline on plays to his size and break down when one-on-one in space against NFL-caliber ball-carriers. Owns a spin move but relies on outside rush too often, allowing tackles to take him out of plays.
Reminder: I'm not a scout and I probably don't follow the draft as much as others, but I appreciate any feedback and/or constructive criticism. All scouting reports from ESPN/NFL.com