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NFL mock draft 2015: Considering an alternative to Arik Armstead

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The San Francisco 49ers have needs along the defensive line. Would the Florida State defensive tackle be a possibility?

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The vast majority of NFL free agency is wrapped up, and we are 24 days away from the 2015 NFL Draft. Team needs are all but locked in, and while we don't know exact team philosophies, we can wrap our heads around them to some extent.

Dan Kadar put together his latest 2015 NFL mock draft for SB Nation, and he included a pick, plus two alternate options. He made a change with regard to the San Francisco 49ers, although familiar names were in the alternates. This time around, Kadar has the 49ers selecting Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman. His alternates are Oregon defensive tackle Arik Armstead and Washington cornerback Marcus Peters. Here is what he had to say about Goldman:

Maybe I'm just higher on Goldman than most, but he's a disruptive and powerful defensive lineman who actually has some experience lined up at end. San Francisco has a visit planned with Goldman, so there could be some interest there.

I did some searching around about Goldman, and while some people see him primarily as a nose tackle, others see him as a guy who could move to the end position. I've seen some people here suggesting him later in the first, but if the 49ers are high on a given guy, then I suppose they'll take before others expect. We saw that to some extent last year with Jimmie Ward. And of course, we also saw that with A.J. Jenkins. I made that a separate sentence because I would not want to include Ward with Jenkins in the same sentence!

The 49ers have a visit planned with Eddie Goldman, so I suppose we can probably remove him from the list! The 49ers have visited with other draft picks in the past, but it often seems like they are a bit more under the radar with their first round picks. But maybe they mix that up a bit this year. It's a small sample size of draft picks, so we probably can't make significant contributions.