NFC West: Allen Robinson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- There was heavy speculation the San Francisco 49ers would trade up in the first round for a receiver.

They ended up addressing their biggest need -- the nickel cornerback -- with Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward at No. 30.

With a deep receiver class, the 49ers -- who have five of the 68 picks Friday, the most in the NFL -- they should be able to get a receiver. It wouldn't be a shock if they moved up from No. 56 to get a receiver.

The best receivers available include Indiana's Cody Latimer, USC's Marqise Lee, Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews, LSU's Jarvis Landry, Fresno State's Davante Adams, Penn State's Allen Robinson and Clemson's Martavis Bryant.

49ers mock draft: Take II

February, 28, 2014
Now that the NFL combine is over, it is time for our second San Francisco 49ers mock draft for the first round.

The 49ers will have the 30th pick in the first round of the draft, which takes place May 8-10. Based on the outcome of the combine, I am sticking with the same position for the 49ers' first pick. I am, however, changing players.

Mock draft pick Take I: Penn State receiver Allen Robinson.

Mock draft take II: Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks.

Why: It's pretty simple. Cooks appears to be the better, more NFL-ready prospect. Cooks was a combine star. He ran a silly-good 4.33 40-yard dash. In addition to his world-class speed, Cooks has good football skills. His skill set is much needed in San Francisco. Because of his strong performance at the combine, Cooks may go higher than No. 30. But that may not be a problem. The 49ers have a surplus of picks and could easily move up to take Cooks if they deem it necessary.

49ers combine primer

February, 19, 2014
The NFL scouing combine is underway and lasts until early next week in Indianapolis. Let's take a look at what the San Francisco 49ers' front office staff, coaches and scouts will be doing as they watch drills and interview prospects in preparation for the May 8-10 draft.

First-round pick: No. 30.

Total picks: The 49ers have 11 picks, but are expected to get either a third or fourth-round compensatory pick. They are usually allotted in Mach.

Top needs: The 49ers want to add a play-making receiver to deepen the team's aerial weaponry. Developing a young cornerback is also key for this deep roster. 49ers have ammo to move up in draft as they did last year.

Players they could scout in first-round: Receivers Mike Evans (Texas A&M), Marqise Lee (USC), Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State), Allen Robinson (Penn State), Brandin Cooks (Oregon State); cornerbacks: Jason Verrett (TCU), Bradley Roby (Ohio State).

Other business: Teams often talk to their own free agents at the combine to get a feel for the market and try to finalize deals before free agency. It begins March 11.The 49ers priority free agents include receiver Anquan Boldin, safety Donte Whitner, kick Phil Dawson and cornerback Tarell Brown.

Media time: Coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke are expected to meet with the media in the next couple of days.

Kiper mock 1.0 reaction: Seahawks

January, 15, 2014
RENTON, Wash. -- Most Seattle Seahawks fans probably expect the team to select an offensive lineman in the first round, but ESPN’s Mel Kiper Insider has Seattle taking Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson.

Even if Percy Harvin is 100 percent healthy next season, it makes sense to add a big receiver, something the Seahawks don’t have.

Sidney Rice, who has been out since midseason with a torn ACL, is the only tall receiver for the Seahawks, but Rice is a free agent and unlikely to be re-signed. Robinson is 6-foot-3, 210 pounds with good speed.

The Seahawks also have decisions to make with receivers Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. Tate is an unrestricted free agent and Baldwin is a restricted free agent.

One offensive lineman the Seahawks are believed to have an interest in is Tennessee tackle Antonio Richardson (6-6, 330), but Kiper has Richardson going to the Saints earlier in the first round.