While we still have plenty of picks to go, one of the most anticipated is upon us. We have reached pick No. 31 in the 2013 Niners Nation NFL mock draft.
The San Francisco 49ers are now on the clock, and their Niners Nation GM is Tre9er. With the thirty-first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the 49ers select Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International.
Explanation: Cyprien has great range, speed to close on the ball, and ball-tracking skills to make the play. He's a fierce tackler even if he needs to polish the skill a bit, and has great size for the position. He has what you can't coach, and only lacks what you can coach in cleaning up some things. Ed Donatell can't wait to turn Cyprien into a Pro Bowler and he likely starts from day one.
The elite defensive linemen we would target here were already gone, including Margus Hunt who might have been a slight reach anyway. There are CBs here who are worthy of the selection, but Cyprien likely wouldn't last through the next three picks; Even if he would, why take the chance? He's a player we believe in and we're making sure he's in Red n' Gold.
Trevor Woods: A favorite of the Niners Nation community is selected here by the 49ers. Cyprien could very well end up being the best safety selected in this years draft class. Tre's assessment of Cyprien is spot on. Although there are some things Cyprien will have to work on as Tre points out, his skills are undeniable. Cyprien would be able to start from day one and would not be a major project that needs time to develop before seeing game action. That is very important because the 49ers are more than likely going to rely on a rookie safety to start. Cyprien possesses good coverage ability; better than another option at pick No. 31 in LSU safety Eric Reid. Obviously there are other options the 49ers could consider here. Kawann Short, Jesse Williams, John Jenkins and Johnathan Hankins all could be options here as well.
Nick Chiamardas: If the 49ers see Cyprien fall to them at No. 31, they'd be hard pressed not to take him. The late riser showed incredible ball skills and tenacity during the week long Senior Bowl practices and really won scouts over with his versatility. He would be an excellent replacement for Dashon Goldson and like Tre, I think he'd be a starter from day one.
Niners Nation Mock Draft, Round 1
- Kansas City Chiefs -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah [Explanation]
- Jacksonville Jaguars -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia [Explanation]
- Oakland Raiders -- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon [Explanation]
- Philadelphia Eagles -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M [Explanation]
- Detroit Lions -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan [Explanation]
- Cleveland Browns -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama [Explanation]
- Arizona Cardinals -- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas [Explanation]
- Buffalo Bills -- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU [Explanation]
- New York Jets -- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama [Explanation]
- Tennessee Titans -- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida [Explanation]
- San Diego Chargers -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma [Explanation]
- Miami Dolphins -- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina [Explanation]
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State [Explanation]
- Carolina Panthers -- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
- New Orleans Saints -- Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU [Explanation]
- St. Louis Rams -- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri [Explanation]
- Pittsburgh Steelers -- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia [Explanation]
- Dallas Cowboys -- D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama [Explanation]
- New York Giants -- Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia [Explanation]
- Chicago Bears -- Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia [Explanation]
- Cincinnati Bengals -- Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State [Explanation]
- St. Louis Rams -- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson [Explanation]
- Minnesota Vikings -- Keenan Allen, WR, Cal [Explanation]
- Indianapolis Colts -- Datone Jones, DE, UCLA [Explanation]
- Minnesota Vikings -- Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington [Explanation]
- Green Bay Packers -- Damontre Moore, DE/OLB [Explanation]
- Houston Texans -- Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
- Denver Broncos -- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State [Explanation]
- New England Patriots -- Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist [Explanation]
- Atlanta Falcons -- Tank Carradine, DE/OLB, Florida State [Explanation]
- San Francisco 49ers -- Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International