ESPN's Todd McShay released his latest 2014 NFL mock draft, and this fourth version has more "hits" than "misses". There will be criticisms of the specific players, but at least McShay is starting to recognize some of the proper positions for the 49ers.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Verrett would be a really good match for San Francisco at No. 30. He is undersized (5-9, 189 pounds), which could hurt his value some given the current emphasis being placed on bigger corners in the NFL, but he plays bigger than his size. He is aggressive in run support and can really stick to receivers in man-to-man coverage. He also has excellent speed, quickness, ball skills and playmaking ability.
56. San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City): Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
The 49ers could use another reliable pass-catcher, and while Matthews isn't the fastest WR (he plays slower than his 4.46 40 time indicates), he has good size and strong overall ball skills.
61. San Francisco 49ers: Marcus Martin, C, USC
Martin has the potential to be a good starting NFL center for a long time, and would be a nice addition to the Niners' offensive line.
Matthews does not fit the mold of the speed receiver many people think the 49ers should consider, but there is talent there. He seems a bit more like Crabtree and Boldin, but good receivers are good receivers. If the 49ers were to think Matthews could contribute, having three guys like that isn't the worst thing in the world.
Here's a look through McShay's previous mock drafts thus far. As we can see, he went defensive line through the first three. There are still people thinking defensive line is that first round pick, but I continue to just not see it. I am curious what made McShay change his mind this time around.
|McShay 4.0 (4/10)||McShay 3.0 (3/6)||McShay 2.0 (2/6)||McShay 1.0 (12/13)|
|Jason Verrett, CB, TCU||Louis Nix III||Ra'Shede Hageman||Ra'Shede Hageman|
|Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt|
|Marcus Martin, C, USC|