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NFL mock draft 2015: drops their latest 49ers picks

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The San Francisco 49ers have some questions in the trenches.'s latest mock drafts look at both sides.

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The NFL mock draft season has sufficiently picked up steam, and we now have joining the mix. They post several mocks on the same page, and slowly expand to where there will eventually be six or seven mocks. For now, they have four, with Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah the most recently updated. Both updated their 2015 NFL mock drafts on Wednesday.

Davis and Jeremiah both addressed the trenches with their picks for the San Francisco 49ers, but they went in opposite directions. Davis has the 49ers picking Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton, and Jeremiah has the 49ers picking Iowa guard Brandon Scherff.

While plenty of debate exists regarding the wide receiver and cornerback positions, going with line help makes a lot of sense. I think defensive line makes a lot more sense than offensive line, but if the 49ers went in either direction, it would give us solid insight into the how they view current line options.

If the 49ers went with a guy like Shelton, it would potentially tell us the 49ers do not view Ian Williams and Quinton Dial as long term nose tackle options. This is not exactly a shocking revelation. Dial could fit well as a 3-4 defensive end, and Williams's injury history is something that could continue to hold him back. Glenn Dorsey will be right in the thick of things, competing for the nose tackle job, as well as potential reserve work elsewhere on the line. But at this point, the 49ers need more long-term options on the line.

If the 49ers decided offensive line needed to be addressed, it could mean a couple things. First, Brandon Thomas's recovery from a torn ACL could be slowed to some extent. The 49ers will have three weeks of the offseason workout program to get a better handle on where he stands in his recovery, a year removed from the injury. Joe Looney is a decent reserve, but probably not the best option to be a starter. Marcus Martin or Daniel Kilgore could slot in as well, but they will be doing battle for the center position.

The other possibility is considering Alex Boone's future. Boone is signed through 2015. The team has not been one to invest sizable dollars in the interior positions, so they likely will need to find some options to eventually replace Boone. A guy like Scherff could be one option. If Martin or Kilgore takes control of the center job, the other one could get work at guard to eventually replace Boone in 2016. Picking a guard in the first round could end up being a long-term play, but it certainly is possible.