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49ers Mock Draft: Post Combine


The 49ers are in prime position entering this years draft with at least 11 picks at their disposal. They will most likely trade around in the draft to get the players they want but for the sake of these predictions we’ll assume that all of the picks are taken as currently slotted. Following the rumored trade speculation of Jim Harbaugh to the Browns and his well documented rift with Trent Baalke tensions within the organization are at an all time time. The spotlight will first shine on Baalke on draft day as he looks to prove his worth to the front office.

Let’s take a look at the 2014 San Francisco 49ers draft class.

1. Round 1  - Bradley Roby, CB, OSU (5’11”, 194 lbs.)

Combine highlight: 4.39 40 yd-dash

Unless Carlos Rogers takes a drastic pay cut he is likely a cap casualty. This opens up a large whole in the secondary in the nickel corner spot which is a key role in the defense. Enter Bradley Roby. Once considered a top 10 pick two years ago Roby saw his stock plummet after a lackluster junior season. After performing exceptionally at the combine Roby has risen back into first round consideration. If the 49ers get lucky this elite talent could fall right into 31 overall.

2. Round 2 (from KC) – Jordan Matthews, WR, Vandy (6’3”, 205 lbs.)

Combine highlight: 4.46 40 yd-dash

Entering the combine Matthews was more known for his hands and ball skills than speed. After posting a blazing 40 yard dash scouts were forced to add to his repertoire. Matthews is the SEC’s all time leader in receptions and yards, production that’s hard to ignore. Anquan Boldin isn’t getting any younger regardless of whether he is retained this year. This would be a perfect fit in the 2nd round as the Niners get a well rounded receiver and a much needed big target for the red zone woes.

3. Round 2  - Marcus Martin, OC, USC (6’3”, 320 lbs.)

Combine highlight: 23 bench reps @ 225 lbs.

Martin started 35 games for the Trojans over his career and is a staple of consistency. Jonathan Goodwin, 35, is a free agent and it doesn’t appear that he will be resigned. The only other potential replacement is Daniel Kilgore who was just signed to a 3 year extension but is a guard first.  Martin is a thick bodied prototypical center that can swing to the guard slot if needed. The only knack on him is his lack of a nasty streak, which can be easily coached up.

4. Round 3 (from TN) – Daniel McCullers, DT, TN. (6’7”, 352 lb.s)

Combine Highlight: 27 bench reps

McCullers is a mammoth of a man. His frame allows him to clog up space in the middle and disrupt the run game. Although he doesn’t offer much in the pass rush department his brute strength and ability to take on multiple lineman can certainly fit the Niners 3-4 scheme. The 49ers D-line has had issues staying healthy and a big mauler like McCullers would certainly impact the rotation.

5. Round 3  - Dri Archer, OW, Kent (5’10”, 173 lb.s)

Combine Highlight: 4.26 40 yd-dash

The combine was buzzing after Archer ran a blistering 4.26 40 yard dash, which was only two tenths of a second behind Chris Johnson’s record. I put his position as offensive weapon because he can line up all over the field. He was primarily a running back in college but can also line up in the slot and excels in kick and punt return duties. The 49ers could use a return specialist as well as utilize his speed in offensive situations.

6. Round 4 – Logan Thomas, QB, VT (6’6”, 248 lb.s)

Combine Highlight: 4.61 40 yd-dash

Thomas had the fastest 40 time among the quarterbacks at the combine. While he has prototypical size at the position he lacks the fundamentals in the pocket needed to succeed at the next level. He would find himself in an ideal situation in SF learning under the quarterback guru (Jim Harbaugh) and his skills are similar to that of Colin Kaepernick.

7. Round 5 – Vinnie Sunseri, S, AL (5’11”, 210 lbs.)

Combine Highlight: 18 bench reps

Sunseri only did the bench drill in the combine due to his recovery from a torn ACL. While he lacks ideal size for the NFL he has quality instincts for the position and attacks with ferocity at the point of attack. While Donte Whitner will most likely resign on a short term deal the Niners could use a quality safety to learn the ropes and Sunseri has starter potential.

8. Round 6 – Max Bollough, ILB, MSU (6’3”, 249 lbs.)

Combine Highlight: 30 bench reps

With NaVarro Bowman recovering from his torn ACL the Niners need to look at bolstering the depth at the inside linebacker position. Dan Skuta performed well in relief duty but they could always use another special teams and camp body. Bollough brings toughness and great production in college to an already loaded position.

9. Round 7 (from NO) – Aaron Lynch, DE, USF (6’5”, 249 lbs.)

Combine Highlight: 18 bench reps

There is no denying that Lynch is a freakish athlete. He was a coveted prospect coming into Notre Dame where he excelled in his first season, but ultimately transferred to South Florida where he underwhelmed. If he harnesses his physical abilities Lynch can be a dominating force on the edge and can supplant Justin Smith once he retires.

10. Round 7 – Colt Lyerla, TE, ORE (6’4”, 242 lbs.)

Combine Highlight: 4.61 40 yd-dash

My “sleeper” pick of the draft, Lyerla comes with a lot of baggage but has star potential written all over him. He is a jack of all trades tight end that can flex out wide as well as play some H-back. I envision him playing in the Delanie Walker mold in the Niners offense. Lyerla possesses the speed and hands to be a matchup nightmare in the red zone which the Niners currently need. If the front office can overlook his past run ins with the law, they will get a gem.

11. Round 7 - Cam Flemming, OT, STAN (6’5”, 323 lbs.)

Combine Highlight: 26 bench reps

Flemming lucks out with the Stanford connection here with Harbaugh at the helm. While his strength is good for the position Flemming needs to improve his footwork and agility. The Niners gain a solid training camp addition that is knowledgeable of the scheme.

Our 2014 draft class has come to a close! (Most likely the Niners gain another compensatory draft pick based on Dashon Goldson’s departure in free agency but i left it out for now)

 

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