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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
McShay mocks the 49ers' first-round pick

By Bill Williamson

In the first of what promises to be many, many of these things, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay offers his first mock draft for the first round Insider of the 2014 draft.

This mock is based on projected finishes for each team. While it is very early in the draft process, I think this is a worthwhile exercise to keep a tab on team needs.

McShay projects the 49ers to have the 28th pick in the first round. And his first choice for the 49ers is Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman.

My take: I can see the pick. The 49ers could use a dominant force in the middle of their line. So, this isn’t a bad first choice. But the team is deep on the line with plenty of alignment options. Their biggest need, as of right now is receiver. Cornerback could also become a need depending on what happens in free agency. I’ve long maintained the 49ers (who are set to have at least 13 picks) should move up in the draft as they did last year when they went from No. 31 to No. 18 to take LSU safety Eric Reid. That pick has worked out beautifully. The 49ers are deep and they can’t find room for all of their healthy players now on the 46-man game-day roster. I think they should pool picks and go get a star. My target would be Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins at this point.