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2015 NFL mock draft: Will the 49ers take a character risk

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The San Francisco 49ers could use wide receiver help, but would they roll the risk on a wildly talented character risk? And where do they go defensive line in this draft?

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The 2014 NFL season is officially wrap, which means all 32 teams are 100 percent into draft season. The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots likely had some draft prep beginning with their scouts, but now the organizations will join the rest of the NFL in focusing more firmly on the draft.

Dan Kadar put together Mocking the Draft's first NFL mock draft following the Super Bowl, and included two rounds. Dan decided to get a little interesting with the 49ers first round pick, going for talent, but off-field question marks. Yep, he went with wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Here is what Dan had to say about the pick:

The potential for Green-Beckham is incredible, but that's also an indictment on his development. Green-Beckham has the sort of skills to be not only the best wide receiver in this year's draft, but among the five best players overall. He enters the NFL with a bevy of off-field issues and hasn't played football in more than a year.

Is it remotely possible the 49ers go after a "character risk" like DGB, or does the team remove him from their board? In light of the classy comments by Jed York, and the team's off-field issues over the last year, it is hard for me to see them taking a chance on DGB. They might learn more information that removes some questions, but from the outside, it just seems unlikely.

Dan added a second round to this mock draft, and had the 49ers grabbing UCLA defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy. From what I understand, McCarthy is rolling the dice coming out as a junior who was a reserve, not a starter. One of the writers at Bruins Nation (our UCLA blog) does not seem overly concerned with the fact that he was not a starter. It sounds like he played some defensive end, but the 6'4, 330 pound prospect projects inside in the NFL.

The 49ers are expected to stick with their 3-4, but used extensive nickel during Vic Fangio's tenure. The team will likely invest in at least one defensive lineman, particularly if Justin Smith retires.