Looking around at various NFL mock drafts, there does not seem to be a consensus on who the San Francisco 49ers should select in the first-round. With the No. 31 pick in the first-round, it is tough to predict who will be available when the 49ers select.
A majority of mock drafts I have seen do have the 49ers picking a player on defense. That makes sense, because the one hole they need to fill on offense is at wide receiver. And I don’t see the 49ers front office selecting a wide receiver two years in a row. Especially with the non-production the team got out of wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, who was picked in the first round by San Francisco last year.
Here are some highlights of the mock drafts out there:
FanSided.com’s own mock draft website has the 49ers selecting defensive tackle Kawann Short from Purdue: Justin Smith isn’t getting any younger, and the Niners could be losing some DL depth this offseason to free agency. Short would be a solid pickup for them.
Over at NFL.com they have the front office selecting cornerback Jamar Taylor from Boise St.: Taylor is one of my favorite players to watch on tape. He is physical, fast and possesses good ball skills. This might be a little earlier than expected but his style of play fits perfectly with the 49ers defense.
In their current mock draft, National Football Post has general manager Trent Baalke taking defensive end Datone Jones from UCLA: After Justin Smith was injured their defense did not play at the same level during the playoffs. Jones is the versatile type of defensive linemen who can be effective rushing the passer and defending the run from any alignment, which makes him an ideal fit for the 49ers defense.
The Sporting News has the Niners selecting defensive tackle Jesse Williams from Alabama: The 49ers could use a younger linchpin at nose tackle to replace Isaac Sopoaga. Williams, the Australian sensation with the national champs, can be a mighty force in their 3-4.
Over at Fox Sports, they are claiming San Francisco will go with defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins from Ohio State: The 49ers, even before we see what they get for Alex Smith, have an insane 14 draft picks this year. Look for them to be moving all over the place. With a loaded roster of young talent, the 49ers can take the best player on the board.
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