NFL Mock Draft 1.0: 49ers Draft Smart

NFL Mock Draft 1.0

With a 49ers’ season in the books, it is time to look ahead to the next one. The San Francisco 49ers make a sensible pick in this first edition mock draft. Find out what others have to say by visiting this mock draft database.
1) Houston Texans

QB Blake Bortles

The Texans need a fresh start. Bortles is rising up draft boards, and likely will continue to do so with his ideal size for an NFL QB—something that Manziel and Bridgewater lack.


2) St. Louis Rams (Via Redskins)

OT Jake Matthews

He protected Manziel. Now he can protect Bradford


3) Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Teddy Bridgewater

The Jaguars could use a great ambassador almost as much as a great QB. Bridgewater would be perfect in that role.


4)  Cleveland Browns

QB Johnny Manziel

Finally something excited up in Cleveland.


5) Oakland Raiders

DE Jadeveon Clowney

The Raiders have a lot of needs. Clowney is such a talented player, I don’t see him falling any further.


6) Atlanta Falcons

DE Stephon Tuitt

The Falcons need to boost their defense. Tuitt gives them a chance to do that.


7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

WR Sammy Watkins

The Bucs need some speed on the outside for Mike Glennon.


8) Minnesota Vikings

OT Greg Robinson

With no great QBs left on the board, the Vikings can turn to protecting either who they have or who they pick up later



9) Buffalo Bills

S Ha’sean Clinton-Dix

A talented safety, the Bills have a playmaker for years to come.


10) Detroit Lions

WR Mike Evans

Hmm… the Lions draft a receiver. Big surprise.


11) Tennessee Titans

OLB Anthony Barr

Jake Locker has shown promise and the Titans and Ken Wisenhunt need some help on the other side of the ball. Barr could easily be a star.


12) New York Giants

CB Darqueze Dennard

The Giants still have talented receivers and a good quarterback. Time to pressure the opponent’s receivers.


13) St. Louis Rams

OLB Kyle Van Noy

The Rams could easily draft down here or at 2. The defense still needs some help though, and Van Noy sure looks good.


14) Chicago Bears

DT Louis Nix III

Nix could easily go up or down draft boards a lot in the coming weeks. I think the Bears would be more than happy to beef up their defense after a really, really down year.


15) Pittsburgh Steelers

OT Taylor Lewan

Big Ben is huge, but Big Ben still needs protection.


16) Dallas Cowboys

G David Yankey

If Tony Romo isn’t healthy, Tony Romo can’t be blamed.


17) Baltimore Ravens

WR Marqise Lee

Lee is such a talent and the Ravens desperately missed Anquan Boldin.


18) New York Jets

TE Eric Ebron

The Jets somehow had a good enough season to draft this low. A solid tight end might make them draft even lower next year. They could go a lot of different ways, though.


19) Miami Dolphins

OT Cyrus Kouandjio

After the Jonathan Martin debacle the Dolphins could use another tackle.


20) Arizona Cardinals

QB Derek Carr

Carr should rebound from his bad postseason. He could grow exponentially under Bruce Arians.


21) Green Bay Packers

S LaMarcus Joyner

The Packers’ D could use a makeover in the secondary—and on the line, and in the reserves, and perhaps in the booth. Joyner is a good start.


22) Philadelphia Eagles

ILB C.J. Mosley

The Eagles would be delighted to draft Mosley this late.


23) Kansas City Chiefs

WR Allen Robinson

He’s a big target from a good program in Penn State. Alex Smith gets another weapon.



24) Cincinnati Bengals

OLB Khalil Mack

Likely losing Michael Johnson, Mack will give the Bengals another pass rusher.


25) San Diego Chargers

OLB Ryan Shazier

I don’t see the Chargers going offense, so Shazier fits the bill well.


26) Cleveland Browns (Via Colts)

OT Zack Martin

Some protection for whoever is Manziel is key.


27) New Orleans Saints

ILB Shayne Skov

They could use some defensive assistance to return to the big stage.


28) Carolina Panthers

WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Steve Smith is getting old. Time to get his replacement.


29) New England Patriots

DT Timmy Jernigan

If they want to stop Peyton next year, they’d better draft defense.

30) San Francisco 49ers

CB Justin Gilbert

A solid cornerback for a team with need in the secondary. The 49ers might lose Carlos Rogers and Tarelle Brown this offseason. They will likely lose at least one. Throw in Donte Whitner’s expiring contract and it makes sense for the 49ers to draft Gilbert here. Don’t be surprised if they move up.


31) Seattle Seahawks

DT RaShede Hageman

The Seahawks’ D-Line will be wanting a bit too much money for the Seahawks in a couple years when Russell Wilson finally gets his new contract. Without too many immediate needs, the Seahawks draft for the future.


32) Denver Broncos

CB Jason Verrett

Champ Bailey is really, really old. Verrett definitely fills a need.

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