Tuesday, April 23, 2013
2013 #bloggermock: 49ers at No. 31
By Mike Sando
What's going on: Our eight divisional bloggers are participating in an ongoing mock draft Tuesday. Each blogger can make selections or trade picks for the four teams in his division.
How to access: Blogger mock console, and via #bloggermock on Twitter.
The latest: I used the San Francisco 49ers' first-round pick, No. 31 overall, for LSU safety Eric Reid.
My rationale: The 49ers have lots of options here because they hold multiple picks in each of the next few rounds. We could easily justify sending a safety, defensive lineman or even a tight end to the 49ers in this range. I went with the safety in part because the 49ers were able to get the second player taken at the position after Kenny Vaccaro, who projected to St. Louis at No. 16. There were other highly regarded safeties available. Reid caught my attention because scouts think he can play either safety position. Trent Baalke, the 49ers' general manager, recently said he preferred safeties with versatility so that coordinators could better disguise their intentions. Several big defensive linemen were off the board by this point, including Star Lotulelei, Sharrif Floyd, Sheldon Richardson, Sylvester Williams and Johnathan Jenkins. Of course, the 49ers have the draft capital to move up for one of those players or another lineman to help their rotation, should they choose to go that route.
What's next for the NFC West: That's it.