This almost certainly will not be the way the draft plays out for the San Francisco 49ers. After all, Trent Baalke is known for wheeling and dealing on draft day, and that will likely be the case again. Assuming that Baalke is completely out of character when it comes to making trades, then, this is how the 49ers plethora of picks could go down–and how they should go down.
30: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Verret has the skills necessary to play in his first year and the 49ers desperately need cornerback help. The 49ers can get a solid receiver in round two.
56 (from Chiefs): Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
Bryant is a big, fast target that has been overshadowed by a certain Sammy Watkins. Nevertheless, I think Bryant could be the steal of this draft.
61: Trent Murphy, DE/OLB, Stanford
Though I never buy the “Harbaugh’s Stanford guy” talk, I think Murphy could add depth to the linebacking corps that could be without Aldon Smith.
77 (from Titans): Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
Richardson ran a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash and has the speed necessary to open up the defense. He could be a great slot guy.
94: Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty
Aikens ran a respectable, not great, 40 (4.49) but has a lot of strength and good size (6-1, 203) which will help in the physical NFC West. His long arms might be enough to win Harbaugh over.
100 (Compensatory): Michael Schofield, OT/OG, Michigan
Schofield is a Michigan guy, like Harbaugh, and has a reputation as an incredibly hard worker, like Harbaugh. Throw in the 49ers need for a versatile backup/potential replacement for Mike Iupati next year and Schofield seems destined to be a 49er.
129: Antoine Exum, CB/S, Virginia Tech
Exum will have time to develop if he transitions to safety, and could play some nickel and dime cornerback in the meantime. He has a lot of talent and versatility that could come in handy.
170: L’Damian Washington, WR, Missouri
Washington has an insane combination of size (6-4, 195 lb) and speed (4.38 40-yard dash). He could definitely bulk up a bit more, get stronger and quicker off the line, and be a more polished route runner, but he can develop behind one of the best receivers in this generation, Anquan Boldin.
242 (from New Orleans): Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
A couple of years ago Boyd was the talk of NFL scouts. Though he never seemed to improve, his style could suit the 49ers well as a backup, and if anyone can help a quarterback progress, it is Jim Harbaugh.
243 (from Carolina): Ken Bishop, DT, Northern Illinois
The 49ers could use a bit of depth and Bishop is a promising late-round prospect.
245: With their last pick, the 49ers select Jerry Rice Jr., WR, UNLV
The 49ers just have to pick this guy with their last selection. They may cut him in training camp, but think of the publicity he would bring? Also, would it not be awesome?
If this is the 49ers draft this weekend, it will be a good one.