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2008 Mock Draft Database

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2008 Mock Draft Database
Site 1st Rnd Pick Pos. Ht. Wt. College Pick Assessment
NFL Draft Countdown - (Updated 3/17) Quentin Groves OLB 6-4 254 Auburn Their Take - "Picking this low after such an awful season must be a tough pill to swallow but that is reason #1,567,811 why you should think long and hard about trading away those future #1's. What the 49'ers need more than anything is a true impact wide receiver but it's unlikely they'll be able to find a guy like that here and they will probably hope that new offensive coordinator Mike Martz can get more out of the guys they already have on hand. The Niners have to upgrade their pass rush and even though Quentin Groves played defensive end in college he is a fantastic athlete who ran a 4.5 at the Scouting Combine and would be an ideal fit at outside linebacker in their 34 scheme." - (Updated 4/2) Quentin Groves OLB 6-4 254 Auburn Their Take - "I've had Early Doucet and Kentwan Balmer going here in my past few updates, but things will definitely be different if Quentin Groves makes it to this spot. The 49ers surrendered 22.8 points per game, and were ranked 22nd against both the run and the pass in 2007. Their defensive front seven was pathetic, as no one on the roster had more than six sacks. Groves will definitely change that. If Groves isn't here, Doucet, Dre Moore and Carl Nicks are all options."
Draft King - (Updated 3/25) Brandon Albert G 6-7 310 Virginia Their Take - "The 49ers have gone wild with free agent pickups: RB DeShaun Foster, DE Justin Smith, WR Isaac Bruce, etc. An interior offensive lineman remains a need for the team, and Albert has been on the rise as of late (note that this is a trend of late first round projections.)" - (Updated 1/18) Early Doucet WR 6-0 207 LSU Their Take - "The 49ers offense needs to upgrade their weak receiving corps if Alex Smith is too ever to realize his pro potential."
FF Toolbox - (Updated 3/21) Gosder Cherilus OT 6-7 318 Boston College Their Take - "Alex Smith took a big step back in his development even before being sidelined with an injury, and it's obvious Frank Gore needs some help as well. Simply put the 49ers' offense stunk this season, and the remedy needs to start up front."
NFL Draft Blitz - (Updated 1/15) James Hardy WR 6-6 220 Indiana Big man who's considered a project. A good combine could see him move up even further given that he's 6'6. Not sure if I want a project receiver right now. -- Fooch - (Updated 3/10) Quentin Groves OLB 6-4 254 Auburn Their Take -- Groves has the athletic ability to move to linebacker, as displayed by the 4.5 forty he ran at the NFL Combine, and would be a good fit on the outside of the 49ers 3-4 defense. Groves, paired with fellow linebacker Manny Lawson, would add some versatility to the team’s pass rush.
NFL Mock Draft 2008 - (Updated 12/22) Gosder Cherilus OT 6-7 318 Boston College The 49ers could use some o-line help, but I think there might be better options on the board (Carl Nicks, Barry Richardson). -- Fooch
Draft Dog - (Updated 4/3) James Hardy WR 6-6 220 Indiana Their Take -- From Indianapolis: The Niners get a big, fast talented young receiver that will be a major weapon in the red zone. They will look at offensive linemen in round two.
Don Banks - SI - (Updated 3/13) James Hardy WR 6-6 220 Indiana Their Take - "The 49ers woeful offense needs more additions at receiver than just 35-year-old Isaac Bruce. Hardy has some off-field baggage issues, but he emerged at the combine as a prospect with late first-round value. He's got prototypical NFL size and runs very fluid routes."
The Football Expert - (Updated 4/5) Dan Connor OLB 6-3 233 Penn St. Their Take -- The 49ers are investing in their 3-4 defense after another major signing (Justin Smith). I had Quentin Groves at this pick for some time, but I really like the idea of teaming Connor with Rookie of the Year Patrick Willis at the ILB position. Connor can come in and immediately replace Derek Smith, who was released. James Hardy, WR, is another option, but I see far better value with Connor.
DraftTek - (Updated 4/5) Limas Sweed WR 6-4 220 Texas They have it listed as a value pick (3 spots lower than average). It seems like Sweed is likely to be gone at this point. There are plenty of other needs, but I wouldn't mind snagging a guy like Sweed at this point. -- Fooch
My NFL Draft - (Updated 4/3) James Hardy WR 6-6 220 Indiana It's easy to become enamored by a 6'6 receiver, but it seems like he could also be there in the second round for us to grab, if we really want him. I haven't heard much about his draft stock one way or the other though. -- Fooch
Todd McShay(ESPN) - (Updated 4/1) Limas Sweed WR 6-4 220 Texas Their Take - "Wide receiver is not as much of a need with Isaac Bruce and Bryant Johnson both on the roster, but there simply isn't a right tackle worth reaching for at this point. The team recently cut veteran WR Darrell Jackson, and it still needs weapons to help stretch the field. Sweed could emerge as a steal late in the first round if his wrist fully heals as expected."/i>
NFL Draft Max - (Updated 4/3) James Hardy WR 6-6 220 Indiana Another Hardy sighting. I still prefer an OT or DE/LB at this spot, but we'll see what's there I suppose. If we snagged Groves or Cherilus here and then a WR in the second round I could work with that. -- Fooch
The Captain's Deck - (Updated 1/30) Early Doucet WR 6-0 207 LSU Their Take -- Darrell Jackson is definitely not a true #1 WR, so they get one here. You can't call Alex Smith a bust until you get him a decent receiver, so now, this season, if he does bad, you can make that assumption, if he still performs poorly. Doucet has a great combination of speed and explosiveness.
NFL Draft Guys - (Updated 4/4) Kenny Phillips FS 6-2 210 Miami Their Take - "The 49ers could opt to improve their short term and long term outlook at WR, with only Old Man Bruce, Bryant Johnson on a trial deal, steady, but unspectacular Arnaz Battle expected to play big roles this year. Jason Hill could pan out, but he's been a mystery to this point. I have them attending to this need with their early 2nd, and instead taking the clear #1 safety on the board to patrol the deep middle while Michael Lewis intimidates in the box.
Draft Daddy - (Updated 4/6) Cliff Avril OLB 6-3 247 Purdue Their Take - The Niners need more pass rush and Avril should be able to bring pressure from a 3-4 rush OLB position.
Draft 32 - (Updated 2/20) James Hardy WR 6-6 220 Indiana Their Take - "With Mike Martz running the offense, you have to beleive he's going to look to bring in some weapons. While the retirement of Bryant Young makes the defensive line a huge priority, there aren't too many prospects worthy of being taken here, and Martz will be pushing for a big time receiver."
Junkyard Jake - (Updated 4/5) Gosder Cherilus OT 6-7 318 Boston College Their Take - "Powerful, drive blocker with great size. Can play both tackle positions. Intelligent, great character."
Fantasy Football Xtreme - (Updated 4/3) Chris Williams OT 6-6 320 Vanderbilt I'm wondering whether we could sneak him out in the 2nd round and use this pick on Groves. Of course this mock also has Gosder Cherilus falling from the first round which doesn't seem likely. -- Fooch
Cowboy Pride - (Updated 1/2) Mario Urrutia WR 6-6 228 Louisville Another big receiver. The size makes these types of guys tempting but I definitely want to find out more. Consider him added to the list for scouting reports. -- TSG
Consensus Draft Services - (Updated 3/18) James Hardy WR 6-6 220 Indiana Their Take - With Bryant Johnson and Issac Bruce on board, and Darrell Jackson cut, the 49ers could still use a young playmaker outside. James Hardy of Indiana is one of the more interesting prospects in the draft, based on his size-speed ratio (ran a sub-4.6 at the combine), and college production. A red zone monster, the 6’6 Hardy is a mismatch for any defensive back in college or the pro’s. Indiana isn’t a high-profile team, so if you didn’t catch Hardy this season, the stats say a lot: 74 catches, 1075 yards, and a whopping 16 touchdowns. Hardy failed to score a td in only ONE game this season, a loss at Wisconsin.
Sports City - (Updated 4/3) James Hardy WR 6-6 220 Indiana New Era projects he could be as good as Vincent Jackson or as bad as Mike Williams...Nuff Said -- Fooch
Fantasy Football Jungle - (Updated 4/6) Devin Thomas WR 6-2 215 Michigan St. Their Take - "The 49ers trading their 1st round draft pick for OT J. Staley last year was a good idea, but putting Staley, who was barely 300 lbs. and ran under a 4.8 at RT was not. That along with many other questionable moves last offseason (new off. coordinator, A. Lelie, etc.) resulted in an awful offense. One of the steps to correcting it will be improving their receiving core and Thomas will definitely do that. Thomas has looked better and better to scouts as they review his film. He really seperated himself from many of the other WR's at the combine with his size (6'2" 216 lbs., 4.4 40) and performance during the drills. He had a great senior year at Michigan St. and is well worth a selection at this point in the draft."
Draft Season - (Updated 4/2) Gosder Cherilus OT 6-7 318 Boston College Their Take - "The 9ers have many needs and getting a right tackle is right up there. Gosder is a big powerful blocker who should help keep Alex Smith erect."
Phin Fever - (Updated 3/3) Gosder Cherilus OT 6-7 318 Boston College Their Take - "The Niners lost Smiley and finally gave up on Harris. Larry Allen is expected to retire. So somebody needs to be brought in to start."
Sports Fountainhead - (Updated 3/12) James Hardy WR 6-6 220 Indiana Their Take - "San Francisco has no young WR threats. They have old ones that are overrated (Darrell Jackson, Isaac Bruce), but no young ones. Someone like James Hardy could do wonders for Alex Smith. The coaching staff must keep Hardy down to earth and force him to behave. That shouldn’t be a problem for Nolan, especially with Isaac Bruce around. If Hardy can control himself and become a student of the game he could be as great as Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens."
Inside The Eagles - (Updated 4/5) Calais Campbell DE 6-8 285 Miami Their Take - At 6' 8" and 285 lbs, he will get a lot of attention. He has the talent.
The Landry Hat - (Updated 4/6) Gosder Cherilus OT 6-7 318 Boston College Their Take - "The 49’ers need offensive line help. Joe Staley is going to be a solid tackle in this league for years to come, and he could move to left tackle and insert Cherilus at right tackle, and San Francisco could have their tackle tandem for the next 10 years."
New NFL Draft - (Updated 4/7) Lawrence Jackson DE 6-5 270 USC Defensive End is certainly a need position and a big USC DE could certainly help, although NES projects him as a later 2nd round guy. -- Fooch
East Coast Sports - (Updated 4/4) Quentin Groves OLB 6-3 254 Auburn Their Take - "The Niners would like one of the top four OT's to fall to them here, but since they're gone they take Groves a DE at Auburn who will be a rush end (stand-up outside linebacker) in the Niners scheme."
The Huddle Report - (Updated 1/28) Mario Manningham WR 6-0 178 Michigan Their Take -- It's Manningham, if the 'Boys opt for Hardy. It's Hardy if the 'Boys pick Manningham.
The Football Expert(Donnelly) - (Updated 3/24) Jonathan Stewart RB 5-11 230 Oregon Their Take -- "He falls in my mind due to the injury that is going to keep him out for some time. I know that Gore is in place but when those knees of his finally give out, and being a high collision back catches up to him, the 9ers will be in a tough spot. This is a value pick because they know they can get good value at WR in the top of round 2." -- Fooch: Do I pull a Dickie V and stand on my head if they actually made a pick like this?
Daily Norseman - (Updated 4/6) Kenny Phillips FS 6-2 210 Miami DN's 3rd version of their mock draft. I don't see this happening b/c the 49ers have greater needs on the lines, at linebacker and at WR. -- Fooch
The Football Expert(Cox) - (Updated 4/4) Brandon Albert G 6-7 310 Virginia Their Take - "s there a free agent the 49ers didn’t sign? Including last year’s trade for the recently dumped Darrell Jackson (Seahawks) they have now raided every division rival for a wide receiver with the additions of Bryant Johnson (Cardinals) and veteran Isaac Bruce (Rams). There might not be a star or true #1 on the roster, but enough talent exists to form a receiving corps. That pair and last year’s leading receiver Arnaz Battle give them a few guys capable of turning in 50+ receptions next year while second year man Jason Hill has to get his game in gear. Larry Allen is a lock for the Hall of Fame, but he’ll turn 37 late in the season and Justin Smiley left for Miami. They have already upgraded a bunch in free agency and need to give their quarterback, whether it’s Smith, Hill or even Sullivan, time to operate the new Mike Martz offense."
The Football Expert(Eide) - (Updated 2/4) Early Doucet WR 6-0 207 LSU Their Take - "The 49ers receiving corps looked as though it would be vastly improved heading into 2007 but failed to meet expectations. Darrell Jackson is old and can’t catch, Ashley Lelie was maybe the worst free agent signing of ’07 and Arnaz Battle should not be anyone a QB should be forced to rely on. Doucet missed five games this year because of injury but came within two catches of setting his career high and averaged six receptions a game. The 49ers need consistency in their passing game more than anything else and Doucet delivers."
Mel Kiper( - (Updated 3/4) Gosder Cherilus OT 6-7 318 Boston College Cherilus is definitely settling in as a definite 49er target. -- Fooch - (Updated 4/1) Quentin Groves OLB 6-3 254 Auburn Their Take -- The 49ers have addressed several areas of need in free agency so far with the additions of (WR) Isaac Bruce, (RB) DeShaun Foster and (DE) Justin Smith. But the 49er’s still need more help rushing the passer and Quentin Groves has the size to line up at OLB or DE and the speed to be an effective edge rusher. He would be a nice bookend to Manny Lawson at the other OLB spot.
Inside The Iggles - (Updated 1/22) Kentwan Balmer DE 6-5 288 North Carolina Their Take - "Still trying make the transition to a 3-4 defense, the Niners grab a very good defensive lineman here. He is capable of playing in either a 4-3 or 3-4 formation. Bryant Young is not getting any younger, and the Niners need to sure up the defensive front seven."
49ers Thoughts - (Updated 4/1) Kentwan Balmer DT 6-5 288 North Carolina Their Take - "Balmer slipped after his sub-par 40 time at the combine. However, the 49ers desperately need a new defensive end after Bryant Young retired, and Balmer fills the hole. Of course, a wide receiver like Early Doucet or Devin Thomas is needed, even after Bryant Johnson was signed by the niners."
The Football Wire - (Updated 2/12) Chris Williams OT 6-6 320 Vanderbilt Their Take - "Joe Staley back to the left side and Williams at the right. It's time to start anchoring that line."
Mocking The Draft - (Updated 12/2) Early Doucet WR 6-0 207 LSU
New Era Scouting - (Updated 3/29) Reggie Smith CB/S 6-1 198 Oklahoma Their Take - "Smith is a very athletic and talented defensive back. His stock is aided by his ability to play both cornerback and safety, but there are also doubters about his long-term position. Smith should test well at the Oklahoma pro day, but the question remains about his man coverage skills."
NFL Draft Scout - Rob Rang - (Updated 4/3) Quentin Groves OLB 6-3 254 Auburn Their Take - "Only the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons finished with fewer sacks in the NFC last season than the 49ers. San Francisco struck gold with a former SEC linebacker in Patrick Willis last year and may be poised to do the same in 2008. General Manager Scot McCloughan personally scouted Groves at Auburn's Pro Day."
NFL Draft Scout - Chad Reuter - (Updated 4/3) Mario Manningham WR 6-0 185 Michigan Still not buying Manningham. Of course, maybe Martz gained interest in him while he was up in Detroit. Hadn't factored that in before, so who knows. -- Fooch
Pro Draft Guide - (Updated 2/27) Malcolm Kelly WR 6-4 217 Oklahoma Their Take - "Not running at the combine will come back and effect Kelly in a negative manner at his pro day when he will expectedly not live up to the hype "timed speed-wise." While OC Mike Martz is known for getting the most out of his WRs, the 49ers lack a serious threat on a play-by-play basis and Kelly, in a couple of years, could be groomed into a 80 to 90 receptions kind of guy. He has good physical traits but his less than exciting junior year is raising eyebrows around the scouting circuits. Kelly still has some room to improve and his upside is lofty."
Walter Football - Matt McGuire - (Updated 3/29) DaJuan Morgan FS 6-1 200 NC St. Their Take - "In a pretty shocking late first-round pick, the 49ers draft a rangy free safety to assist their defense in pass coverage."

Results To Date -- 4/6/08

By Position
Position #
Wide Receiver 20
Offensive Tackle 9
Outside Linebacker 8
Defensive End 4