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:
- Mock drafts are just for fun. No one ever gets these things right, but it's fun to prognosticate.
- 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|
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.
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.