So as I'm getting my $5 worth from Fanspeak by drafting mock after mock after mock of basically the same thing, I decided to spice things up a bit by doing a draft where a corner or receiver couldn't be taken until round 3 at the earliest. In reality, there isn't any reason for such a concept, but is something a bit different and new to consider
1(30) - Rashede Hageman DT/DE, Minnesota - long and versitle and talented, he comes from a bad Minnesota team where he shone even though he was the only decent player on that defense and was doubled every single play. I actuually like him more as a DE than DT - Justin Smith can't play forever after all *gag*
2(24) - Gabe Jackson, OG, Miss St - there has been countless speculation about Iupati and the chances he returns or not. While I hope he can make it back, if the FO feels we can draft an absolute beast of a mauler of a man-child at guard to take over for Iupati to afford to keep Crabtree, then this is the pick. Was absolutely terrifying as a run blocker in the SEC. Did OK in pass defense. Sounds like Iupati 2.0
2(29) Carlos Hyde, RB, tOSU - now Hyde may be taken by now, but there are about 3-4 really high end power backs that could go in this spot. Gore may be entering his final year, Lattimore is a huge question mark, LMJ was never going to fit in this offense and will be gone next year, and I don't think anyone expects Dixon to ever be anything more than a role back-up (albiet a good and appreciated one). Considering how important having a strong, reliable power run game is to our Niners, a stud RB could be taken here. If Lattimore works out, he Hyde and Dixon could be a fantastic 1-2-3 punch for years to come (or Dixon goes and it's just Lattimore and Hyde).
3(13) - Cody Latimer, WR, IU - that was a long 2 rounds watching all my usual picks get snatched up! Maybe I'm too high on him because of the nice write-up Tre did recently, but big red zone target is #1 on our list of needs in a receiver and someone who stretches the field is a close second (along with ability to catch Kap's fastballs and block as requirements as well). In the 3rd, guys are going to have weaknesses, but on this team he won't be asked to be a #1 or #2 or even #3 but rather be a situational guy who can develop into a bigger role over time.
3(30) - traded for 6th round pick and future 3rd round pick in 2015 - you know Baalke is going to trade into next year, and this spot is as good as any to do so
3(36) - Philip Gaines, CB, Rice - finally a corner! Gaines is the best corner avaiilable at this spot and will add depth and competition to our secondary
4(29) - Brian Stork, C, FSU - another interior OL prospect, and a good one at that. He should be able to provide quality competition with Kilgore at center.
5(30) - Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma - fantastic redshirt guy who may be a great value return for a late 7th round selection
6(from trade earlier) - Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma - great return guy who could be more
7th round picks are whomever the front office likes to take as first dibs on FA
So what do you think? How would your draft go?