The SB Nation blogger mock draft is rolling along, and we're slowly moving toward the 49ers pick. Things are pretty much dead quiet around the NFL world right now, so we might as well break down another mock draft and compare it to our database.
Here are the first nine announced picks:
1. Chiefs - Luke Joeckel, OT
2. Jaguars - Geno Smith, QB
3. Raiders - Sharrif Floyd, DT
4. Eagles - Eric Fisher, OT
5. Lions - Ezekiel Ansah, DE
6. Browns - Dion Jordan, OLB
7. Cardinals - Barkevious Mingo, OLB
8. Bills - Jarvis Jones, OLB
9. Jets - Chance Warmack, OG
We have actually gotten through an additional ten picks. Here are the picks, in alphabetical order so as not to give away the results of the draft. I am including them so everybody can at least get a basic idea of how the draft pool accurately looks at this point. The other players selected include:
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
I updated the NN mock draft database, and it remains a defensive heavy first round. Six of the 40 picks are offensive players, including five tight ends and one wide receiver. It would seem like most people are officially off the wide receiver bandwagon. Anything is possible, but the addition of Anquan Boldin seems to make an early wide receiver rather unlikely.
As we discussed a bit this morning, nose tackle is a position that seems a bit more like a day two or three position. Some see cornerback as a possibility, but this is another position I think drops down to day three. The 49ers need to consider some depth there, but the depth chart is already filling up.
That leaves me considering safeties and versatile defensive linemen. I don't want to box myself in to a particular position in a "best player available" situation, but the 49ers do have some specific needs they will have to address at some point. We'll see what drops down to picks 31 and 34.