The 2014 SB Nation NFL mock draft has been rolling along, and we have both 49ers picks in for the second round. Two weeks ago I posted the first round pick, which was TCU cornerback Jason Verrett. It took some time, but we're back around to the 49ers once again. Since the 49ers two picks were so close to each other, I decided to wait until the second pick was announced to write something up on it.
The picks are in, and we mixed things up a bit. I went with Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer at No. 56. Jarvis Landry actually led our balloting here, but I had forgotten to include Latimer on the vote. I don't know that he necessarily would have won the vote, but there was enough interest that he would have a good shot. The reasoning for Latimer was that he brings better size, speed and overall athleticism to the team as compared to Landry. Latimer has question marks with his foot surgery, but all signs indicate he is on the fast track to recovery.
Mocking the Draft's Dan Kadar had this to say about the Latimer pick:
When this mock draft started, there was no one even considering Latimer this highly in the draft. Now, the general consensus would probably consider this choice something of a steal. The 49ers have shown considerable interest in Latimer, and only the Eagles seem to have as much. Logically, the pick makes sense if you happen to like Latimer. The Indiana product is capable of getting open over the top speed but he also has the shiftiness to create separation on underneath passes.
When No. 61 came around, I went with Louisville defensive end and eventual outside linebacker Marcus Smith. This goes beyond just the Aldon Smith question marks. Even if he gets his head on straight and moves forward, Ahmad Brooks turned 30 in March. He still looks fine but his cap number will increase the next couple of years. The 49ers need to consider their long-term options. Corey Lemonier will be in the mix, showing some great ability, but it makes sense to boost the depth to have a serious rotation. Dan Skuta will be back this year, but he's not a guy that will be the answer for years to come.
Dan Kadar had this to say about the Smith pick:
If San Francisco goes with a pass rusher, there are a few on the board to choose from. Smith, the choice here, is a lanky edge rusher with a good burst. My top-rated pass rusher available is Demarcus Lawrence of Boise State. The same exact size as Smith, Lawrence is a little more experienced at linebacker and just as fast. Carl Bradford of Arizona State could also get some consideration.
With that, the SB Nation mock draft is a wrap for us. The 49ers get CB Jason Verrett, WR Cody Latimer and OLB Marcus Smith. We know the 49ers are a strong candidate to do some trading, so any mock draft without trades has to be taken with a huge grain of salt. But given what we know, what are your thoughts on this haul? You can check out all the mock draft picks in the SB Nation story stream.