Don Banks’ First Mock Draft and 49ers’ Selection

August 30, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive end Ra

Don Banks of SI.com recently published his first mock draft. Let us take a look at his selection for the San Francisco 49ers:

Banks has the 49ers selecting Ra’Shede Hageman, a Defensive Tackle from Minnesota, at number 30. Justin Gilbert, who we here at NinerNoise.com have as the 49ers selection currently, is off the board to Philadelphia at number 22–and two other cornerbacks, LaMarcus Joyner and Marcus Roberson, of FSU and Florida respectively, are gone before the 49ers pick as well.

Hageman, a 6’6″ and 311 lb Third-Team All-American and First-Team All-Big Ten is a solid player. NFL.com’s “Bottom Line” on Hageman states:

A raw, converted tight end with a basketball background, Hageman is a big, athletic, finesse three-technique with intriguing dimensions and movement skills who fits best in an aggressive, one-gap scheme where he could fire into gaps. Will probably be restricted to nickel pass-rush duty initially until the game slows down for him, but has impact potential if he ever figures it out. Is still maturing, having endured a harrowing childhood to get to where he is today, and would be best served landing in a structured environment with veteran mentorship. Classic boom-or-bust prospect.

Banks acknowledges that Hageman is quite raw and needs work. It is hard to imagine a better fit for Hageman than San Francisco, where he could learn under Justin Smith for a while before taking the reigns himself. Should Gilbert and others be off the board, Hageman could definitely be an intriguing prospect

However, I am not completely convinced that Hageman would a good fit for San Francisco. Tank Carradine will make his injury-delayed debut and the 49ers desparately need some help at receiver and/or defensive back–especially depending on how free agency goes.

Ultimately, I do not think the 49ers will select Hageman, but it is an interesting idea to think about the 49ers once again being patient with a first-rounder. As long as he did better than A.J. Jenkins or, more closely related to his position, Kentwan Balmer, I would not complain.

Topics: 49ers, 49ers 2013, 49ers Draft, 49ers Offseason, Don Banks, Mock Draft, San Francisco 49ers

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  • loverpoint

    If Baalke and Harbaugh take Hageman then you can forget extending Harbaughs contract and you can go ahead and send Baalke packing also. Picking Hageman would be the ultimate in stupidity.

  • flogginthelog

    Why in the hell would we take a defensive lineman first round?That would be ignorant. We still have tank carradine who hasn’t even taken a game snap. Highly doubtful we ll choose a dlineman. We have glaring needs in the secondary and at wr if boldin doesn’t sign an extension.