With the first round in the books and still so much talent left on the board we take a look at some of the top prospects still available overall, and those who may be targets for the 49ers. Given the outrage from many fans on Twitter last night after the 49ers selected Jimmie Ward I think it's best if we separate this list into two groups: wide receivers and everyone else. We'll start with everyone else.
20 best non-WRs (Note: This isn't an attempt to rank the best available but I did group them into an order of possible need)
DL Ra'Shede Hageman
DT Louis Nix III
DL Stephon Tuitt
DT Timmy Jernigan
Edge Demarcus Lawrence
Edge Kony Ealy
TE Jace Amaro
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
OT Morgan Moses
OT Cyrus Kuandjio
RB Bishop Sankey
RB Carlos Hyde
QB Derek Carr
QB Jimmy Garoppolo
DB Lamarcus Joyner
With five picks on the docket today (not that I expect all five to result in an actual selection) the 49ers are likely to address depth on the offensive or defensive line and possibly add an edge rusher (and yes, add a WR or two, I'm getting to that).
Any of the top four remaining DL would be logical choices, and quite honestly, I'd be incredibly happy to land any of the four. There seem to only be two edge rushers remaining worthy of a second round pick in Ealy and Lawrence. But guys like Kyle Van Noy and Jeremiah Attaochu could also be options later in round two or in round three.
For those of you wondering why the 49ers passed on Lee (or any WR still remaining) at 30, let this list of remaining WR settle your nerves
I'm going to go out on a limb here (albeit maybe a short one) and say the Baalke will land AT LEAST one of these ten receivers today. There could be a couple different lines of thinking in the draft room today.
1. Big trade up: with five picks at their disposal today it's not beyond possibility the 49ers make a big move up into the second round. If so, the target could be Lee or Latimer. I'd prefer the bigger/stronger Latimer but would be pleased either way.
2. Small trade up: rather than giving up some valuable picks in the sweet spot of this draft, the decision could be to move up 5-10 spots while only moving a mid round pick. Targets there could be Robinson, Matthews, or Moncrief. I'll take the size/speed combo of Moncrief, please.
3. Stay put and see how it plays out: With thirty names discussed above there is a strong likely-hood that five or six of these WRs are still around at the bottom of round two. Adams, Landry, Ellington, and Bryant would be steals this late. Again, give me the size/speed combo of Bryant if staying put is the plan.
Now that we've tried to calm the nerves and evaluate the immense talent left on the board, particularly at WR, how do you think the 49ers should approach day two of the NFL Draft?