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Mel Kiper's Latest Mock Draft: 49ers Get Stephen Hill, Brandon Brooks

If we've learned anything over the past 24 hours, it's that Gregg Williams will slice your hamstring to cut in front of you in line at your local KFC. Let's take a moment to talk about some other stuff, so as not to get overly saturated by that drama. How do we avoid over-saturation? By taking another look at another mock draft, of course! Who get's sick of mock drafts?!

ESPN's Mel Kiper put together his first two-round mock draft, which you can find here, if you're an insider. If you're not an insider, well, you probably only care about the 49ers anyway, so I'll fill you in on his picks. Kiper actually has the 49ers passing up on tight end Coby Fleener out of Stanford (he has Fleener going to the New York Giants at No. 32). Instead, Kiper has the 49ers taking Stephen Hill, wide receiver out of Georgia Tech. Make the jump for his second-round pick and his reasoning for the Hill selection.

Hill is the biggest home-run threat in the draft when you combine his speed and size, and it's no secret the 49ers need some help at wide receiver, even with the additions of Randy Moss and Mario Manningham. He'll need an adjustment period as he gets used to doing more in terms of scheme than he was asked at Georgia Tech, but he's the kind of weapon this offense needs to expand.

This isn't something new - it's been a popular pick in mock drafts, but I've noticed people really getting away from that pick over the last couple weeks. It's kind of what I expected, as Hill has been one of those "risers" in draft stock and personally, I'd be afraid to take him at No. 30, even though he does have a lot of weapon potential.

In the second round, Kiper has the 49ers taking offensive guard Brandon Brooks:

The 49ers have tried to help the passing game, but this is still a team that needs to pound up front.

It's worth noting that the 49ers need a right guard to help the passing game, as well. Anthony Davis still has a ton of potential, but he needs a capable guard next to him to help out on passing downs. Those speed rushers eat him alive, and personally, I feel that Brooks is severely underrated. The 49ers would be lucky to get him at No. 30 in the second round, though.