The 2014 Senior Bowl kicks off later this afternoon, and we'll have an open thread for that one. In the meantime, Mocking the Draft has posted their latest Top 200 rankings. The NFL draft evaluation process is still in its infancy and these rankings will change plenty between now and May. The Senior Bowl practices are wrapping up, but there is still the Combine, team Pro Days, and plenty of individual workouts to impact them.
I thought I'd pull out the top five of a few specific positions. Cornerback, safety and wide receiver seem to be the most likely positions they invest in early, but the way the draft board shakes out could have plenty impact on that. We'll see the 49ers moving around throughout the draft, and I imagine they'll stockpile some picks for 2015 during this process. The team currently have eight picks in the 2015 NFL Draft. They can do plenty with that, but we know Trent Baalke enjoys adding more picks. And given how deep this year's draft is, moving back has its own value.
Just for the heck of it, I thought I'd break out some of the quarterbacks as well. I don't expect a day one pick at the position, or anything like that, but I wonder if the team doesn't invest in someone even as high as the end of day two. Colin Kaepernick is the quarterback of the present and the future, but developing a decent backup is not the worst idea in the world. First, you need someone you trust if Kap were to get hurt. Second, if the backup does show some things in the preseason and in occasional mop-up duty, you've got yourself a potentially nice little asset to move.
The top of the rankings include Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr. The next three months could sink one or more of these guys' first round chances, but for now, I'm not going to include them in these rankings.
1. Zach Mettenberger, LSU (66)
2. Brett Smith, Wyoming (77)
3. Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois (93)
4. David Fales, San Jose STate (99)
5. Tajh Boyd, Clemson (104)
6. Tom Savage, Pittsburgh (107)
7. A.J. McCarron, Alabama (113)
8. Aaron Murray, Georgia (124)
9. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech (141)
10. Stephen Morris, Miami (176)
11. Jeff Mathews, Cornell (190)
There you have it. Feel free to give the rest of Dan's Top 200 rankings, and let us know what you think.