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2016 NFL mock draft: 7 rounds of picks

The close of Super Bowl 50 brings us even more firmly into mock draft season, with all 32 teams formally ranked for the 2016 NFL Draft. We still await comp picks, but we have a little more we can work with between now and late March, when comp picks arrive.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller put together his first post-Super Bowl 2016 NFL mock draft, and he decided to blow it out with seven rounds. It is obviously far from perfect without comp picks, but it gives us some good insight into potential position discussions on the roster. He has some interesting picks, but more importantly is the notion of what positions hold which values. Here is a full rundown of his eight picks. The 49ers are expected to add four comp picks to this as well. They are linked to the page in his article where the specific pick is discussed.

1st: Jared Goff, QB, Cal
2nd: Vernon Butler, DL, Louisiana Tech
3rd: Scooby Wright, ILB, Arizona
4th: C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
5th: Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
5th: Matt Ioannidis, DL, Temple
6th: Tyler Higbee, TE, Western Kentucky
6th: Michael Caputo, SS, Wisconsin

Matt has the Cleveland Browns selecting North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. The Dallas Cowboys have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for a quarterback as well, but he has them selecting Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa. Here is what he has to say about the Goff pick:

A skinny kid who wins with accuracy, poise and mobility in and out of the pocket? Sounds like the perfect fit for San Francisco, where unconventional quarterbacks Joe Montana, Steve Young and Jeff Garcia led the team to victories. And at pick No. 7 overall, Goff is a steal if he's on the board.

There isn't, at this time, any clarity on what the 49ers will do with Colin Kaepernick, but his camp put out reports this week that he'd like out of San Francisco and sees the New York Jets as a good fit. And with his year-to-year contract that is team-friendly, it's fair to think that Kaepernick could be playing elsewhere in 2016. From a team-building perspective, no matter if Kap is a 49er or not, general manager Trent Baalke must look at drafting a young quarterback of the future this year.

The 49ers have needs at virtually all the positions Miller has them drafting. Running back is even a need. The 49ers proved this past season you can never have enough quality running backs, but they also proved you don't need to invest highly in the position. Tom Rathman remains the best running backs coach in the NFL, so adding mid-to-late level talent could pay some impressive dividends.