2013 NFL Draft: How Nnamdi Asomugha’s Acquisition Affects 49ers Draft Plans

Feb 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

When the San Francisco 49ers signed CB Nnamdi Asomugha to a one-year deal, it allowed the Niners to now address other needs early on in the 2013 NFL Draft. Some players they could have been targeting with the 31st pick were CB Johnthan Banks, CB Desmond Trufant, or CB D.J. Hayden. However, now that the 49ers have addressed the cornerback position in free-agency, they can now turn their focus to either safety or defensive line. Sure, the 49ers signed NT Glenn Dorsey and SS Craig Dahl but is that enough to replace the departed Isaac Sopoaga, Ricky Jean-Francois, and Dashon Goldson? I think not, and the 49ers better realize this if they hope to regain their Super Bowl form.

Keep in mind, that if GM Trent Baalke covets a player in the middle of round one, he will not hesitate to trade up and get that prospect. Some possible trading partners may include, the Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers, and Minnesota Vikings. The Browns now led by GM Michael Lombardi, is known to be movers on draft day and stockpile picks learned by the great Bill Walsh. If the 49ers covet a player, make no mistake they will target him. Also, Vikings GM Rick Spielman loves to trade back if he feels the value is there, so do not be surprised, considering they have two first-round picks.

So what players are the 49ers targeting if they do decide to trade up? Some players may include G Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina), G Chance Warmack (Alabama) and S Kenny Vaccaro (Texas). All of those players are top 10-15 talents that could slide due to their positions they play. In addition, all of those players will fit a need, where the 49ers need a strong right-guard and a hard hitting free-safety.

But what if they do stay where they are, who will they pick? Of course, many factors play into it, such as picking the “BPA” (Best Player Available), however I believe they will target defensive line. NT John Jenkins is scheduled for a visit to Santa Clara’s facility meaning the 49ers are strongly considering defensive linemen. Other nose tackles may include NT Johnathan Hankins (Ohio St.), DT Kawaan Short (Purdue), and DT Sheldon Richardson (Missouri).

We all know how unpredictable Baalke can be, so don’t be surprised if he makes another WR A.J. Jenkins pick. He may even “reach” for FS Jonathan Cyprien (FIU) with the 31st pick. Which ever decision Baalke decides to go in, we should all believe in him, as he has been nothing short of a top notch talent evaluator.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Chance Warmack, John Jenkins, Jonathan Cooper, Jonathan Cyprien, Kawaan Short, Kenny Vaccaro, San Francisco 49ers, Sheldon Richardson, Trent Baalke

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004021429311 Jed Gel

    By saying the Niners need a strong right guard, you think Boone isn’t the answer? He seemed to have a very solid year, especially considering he never had played guard before. He only projects to get better and they drafted Looney last year, he fell because of an injury. I would be stunned if the Niners took a guard in the first round, especially considering the need at safety and DL, which you pointed out.

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Hi Jed. I believe Boone may not be the answer at right guard. He played relatively well, but I believe Harbaugh and Baalke are always looking to improve across the board, and never content with the state of the franchise. By getting a talent like Warmack you have not only upgraded the position but added depth as well. Remember the 49ers drafted Jenkins last year, when they had already signed Manningham and Moss so anything can happen. Thank you for the feedback as always Jed.

  • loverpoint

    There would be three things to consider before you chose your #31 pick 1) Will either Baltimore or Jacksonville draft the player I intend to take at #34? Which of the 2 players I take at #31 or #34 has more value as a player and the position he plays, I want to take the higher valued guy in the second round so I won’t have to pay him as much. 3) Which of the players has a better chance of making the team and staying with the team, the player you take better be a player that you can say I’m absolutely sure this guy can start on our team opening day. For some reason people don’t care as much if a player that is drafted in the second round is a bust. I think every player that you take in the first 3 rounds should be starters in 4 years or you have failed. The only positions drafted in the 1st that I would give some leeway to as far as not starting their rookie year would be QB, Offensive Linemen, and Secondary players. Since neither of the 49ers #1 & #2 picks ever started a game, and probably neither one would have played a game if hot for injury, The 49ers 2012 draft was nothing more that a draft of backups and special teams players.

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Thanks for the feedback loverpoint. The Jaguars have needs across the board and the Ravens needs vastly differ than San Francisco’s. I agree it’s a guessing game, and it all starts with projected mocks in the war room. The Jaguars will in all likelihood draft a QB with the 33rd selection. However, should they reach for QB Geno Smith with the second pick, they will most likely target a player at the “Leo” position in the second-round. As for the Ravens, I have them taking the “BPA” regardless of position as Ozzie Newsome has built his drafting philosophy around this strategy, as with LB Sergio Kindle and Courtney Upshaw. As for the 2012 draft, I believe the players were not playing as the team was already loaded with talent and depth…had they played on any other team in the NFL, they would have contributed significantly, in my opinion. And you make very valid points, and again thank you for the feedback, it’s always appreciated.

  • Havoq

    The 49ers are NOT going to trade up for an offensive line guy. I can’t imagine in your wildest dreams why you’d suggest that.

    Sheldon Richardson would definately be a more likely target, but that would require him to slip and for the 49ers to surrender both picks 31 and 34. Considering the value of those picks and who they get with them, I don’t see it happening. Instead the 49ers will do something like: 31. Datone Jones, 34. Eric Reid. I could even see 31. Jonathan Cyprien and later targeting William Gholston, whilst still getting 34. Eric Reid.

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      I suggest the 49ers can move up because of the talent at the guard position. Warmack and Cooper are both one of a kind. They can pull, hit the second-level, and be the run maulers that the 49ers offense runs. Richardson on the other hand is not a likely target, in my opinion. He is better suited in a 4-3 scheme and does not provide the strength to hold the point of attack on film. However, I do like his upside so taking a chance on him may be worthwhile. It should be fun to watch how everything unfolds on draft day. As always thank you for the feedback Havoq.