2014 NFL mock draft: Niners Nation mock draft 1.0

What do Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke have in store for the 2014 NFL Draft? - Ezra Shaw

Trevor Woods and I take a stab at our first mock draft of the season.

Warning: Mock Draft Ahead!

'Tis the season when pundits and fans throw themselves into an ever impossible guessing game as they try to make picks for each team with a first round selection. Before we reveal our first mock of the season let's set a couple of things straight:

  1. Mock drafts are just for fun. No one ever gets these things right, but it's fun to prognosticate.
  2. Mock drafts will change. Having just wrapped up the combine and still about two months away from the draft, player stock will rise and fall.

Now that we've got that out of the way, I give you the Niners Nation Mock Draft 1.0:

Pick Team Nick's pick Trevor's Pick
1 Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney Jadeveon Clowney
2 St. Louis Rams Greg Robinson Greg Robinson
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Teddy Bridgewater Teddy Bridgewater
4 Cleveland Browns Sammy Watkins Blake Bortles
5 Oakland Raiders Johnny Manzeil Johnny Manziel
6 Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews Jake Matthews
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Khalil Mack Sammy Watkins
8 Minnesota Vikings Blake Bortles Derek Carr
9 Buffalo Bills Eric Ebron Khalil Mack
10 Detroit Lions Justin Gilbert Justin Gilbert
11 Tennessee Titans Mike Evans Taylor Lewan
12 New York Giants Darqueze Dennard Anthony Barr
13 St. Louis Rams Ha-Ha Clinton Dix Mike Evans
14 Chicago Bears Aaron Donald Calvin Pryor
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Calvin Pryor Darqueze Dennard
16 Dallas Cowboys Timmy Jernigan Timmy Jernigan
17 Baltimore Ravens Taylor Lewan Marquise Lee
18 New York Jets Odell Beckham Jr Eric Ebron
19 Miami Dolphins Zack Martin Zack Martin
20 Arizona Cardinals Anthony Barr Kony Ealy
21 Green Bay Packers CJ Mosley CJ Mosley
22 Philadelphia Eagles Jason Verrett Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix
23 Kansas City Chiefs Marquise Lee Kelvin Benjamin
24 Cincinnati Bengals Kony Ealy Jason Verrett
25 San Diego Chargers Xavier Su’a-Filo Louis Nix III
26 Cleveland Browns Derek Carr Odell Beckham Jr
27 New Orleans Saints Dee Ford Dee Ford
28 Carolina Panthers Kelvin Benjamin Cyrus Kouandjio
29 New England Patriots Ra’Shede Hageman Aaron Donald
30 San Francisco 49ers Brandin Cooks Kyle Fuller
31 Denver Broncos Louis Nix III Brandin Cooks
32 Seattle Seahawks Jace Amaro Jarvis Landry

Nick's Notes:

The 49ers have three options with the 30th pick as of today. Wide receiver, cornerback, and safety. All three options are heavily dependent on what happens in free agency. With both the corner and receiver positions appearing to be very deep it's not beyond reason to think the 49ers could grab a player in the top five of his position at two of the three "need" spots. With the way things worked out in my mock, the 49ers grab a player that gives them speed they haven't had in years. Brandin Cooks will make an impact on day one in special teams and develop into a nice slot receiver to start out his career. I do worry about Greg Roman's ability to be creative in the passing game, which may be necessary in Cooks first year or two as he continues to develop.

Trevor's Notes:

The mock in between the combine and free agency period is an interesting one to do. I do expect for there to be a quarterback run early on, and that could benefit the 49ers some. That could spell a solid cornerback falling to the 49ers at the end of round one. The 49ers could still go receiver here, and a lot of that will depend on if Tarell Brown is re-signed. If Brown stays, this pick shifts to receiver. I expect Donte Whitner to be re-signed, so this pick boils down to wide receiver, cornerback, or possibly center. The best corners standing in the mock at pick thirty were Kyle Fuller and Bradley Roby. Fuller had a solid combine and appears to be a little smarter of a football player than Roby, so with pick 30 the Niners take Fuller.

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