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Full 49ers' mock draft

May, 8, 2014
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Here is my seven-round prediction for the San Francisco 49ers' draft.

No, I do not have any confidence I'm getting this correct. But I am going to project a trade since I don't believe they're going to keep all 11 picks. I think I will at least be in the right range of the total number of picks they're going to make. Here we go:

Trade: I project the 49ers sending three of their picks (No. 30, No. 56 and No. 61) to the Tennessee Titans for the 11th overall pick in the first round.

 Summary: The 49ers have a lot of options as far as moving up. But there have been strong indications they want to go big for a top receiver. LSU's Odell Beckham would qualify as a big hit. The cost is expensive, but it could be worth it for the 49ers, who want an instant impact player. Pierre Desir and Marcus Roberson would give a much-needed boost at cornerback. They both could potentially contribute early. Stork could be a nice prospect to snare in the third round. Thomas has the look of a quarterback Jim Harbaugh would like to develop. The last four players on the board are all players the 49ers have shown interest in during the draft process.
In his Grade A mock draftInsider, ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. has the Minnesota Vikings ticking through their list of needs with the same efficiency they've displayed this offseason. The Vikings spent most of the free-agency period filling holes on defense, signing former New York Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph, adding Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn to help solve their problem at slot cornerback and filling out their defensive line depth with New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Tom Johnson and Chicago Bears defensive end Corey Wootton.

Now, with the help of four picks in the first three rounds, the Vikings have an opportunity to improve their secondary depth and find a backup for Adrian Peterson. According to Kiper, though, they'd find a fit for what might be their biggest need with the eighth overall pick.

Combine prep: Cornerbacks

February, 19, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- In a perfect world, the Philadelphia Eagles would find their choice of a playmaking safety, a disruptive edge rusher and an explosive wide receiver waiting when they’re on the clock with the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

The draft isn’t like a menu, however. It is just as likely the top two safeties will be gone, there won’t be a pass-rusher worthy of the pick and the depth at wide receiver will convince general manager Howie Roseman to address that position in a later round.

It could be that the draft board presents a handful of high-value cornerbacks when the Eagles are on the clock. So it is very likely Roseman and his staff will look closely at the crop of corners at the scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Some names to watch:

Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State. The 5-11, 195-pound Dennard is universally acclaimed as one of the top two or three corners in this year’s draft. He had four interceptions as a senior. The concern about him is his speed, so he can really help himself with a strong performance at the combine.

ESPN’s Todd McShay had Dennard going to the Eagles in his most recent first-round mock draft Insider. McShay describes Dennard as a “proven commodity with adequate size, good top-end speed and very good instincts and fluidity in coverage.” At NFL.com, Mike Mayock has Dennard as his top-rated corner and Nolan Nawrocki calls him “a big, strong, athletic, instinctive press-man corner.”

Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State. In his first mock draft for SI.com, Don Banks has the Eagles selecting Gilbert at 22 (Banks has Dennard and the top two safeties off the board).

“Gilbert would add to the overall depth of the secondary and give the Eagles one of the top two cover men in the draft,” Banks writes. “If a safety like Louisville's Calvin Pryor gets past Green Bay at No. 21, he'd be an even more attractive option.”

ESPN’s McShay Insider has the 6-foot, 200-pound Gilbert, who had seven interceptions in 2013, as his top corner: “Gilbert is a ball-hawking playmaker with good size for the cornerback position, with the ability to press in man-to-man coverage or sit back in zone. He is also willing and capable in run support,” McShay writes.

Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State. We talked about him in Tuesday’s post about safeties. At 5-9, the playmaking Joyner would be a nickelback or deep safety in the Eagles’ scheme.

Jason Verrett, Texas Christian. At 5-9 and just 174 pounds, Verrett is probably a long shot for the Eagles given Chip Kelly’s specs for the position. But Verrett is an active, playmaking type of corner. McShay calls him Insider the “quickest man-to-man cover corner in this class.”

Bradley Roby, Ohio State. He’s listed at 5-10 and 5-11 by different sources, so the first order of business in Indy will be getting accurate measures. Nawrocki at NFL.com says Roby has a “small, wiry frame and his size is just adequate” while Banks at SI.com writes “he's big and physical enough to handle press coverage.” This is what the combine is all about.

Others to watch: Kyle Fuller, Virgnia Tech; Marcus Roberson, Florida, Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida.
SAN DIEGO -- Upgrading the cornerback position for the San Diego Chargers remains the focus in the latest mock drafts published by ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.

Even though San Diego’s pass defense was much better during the stretch run of the team’s surprise entry into the postseason, the Chargers had just 11 interceptions during the regular season, tied for No. 26 in the league, and allowed an average of 258.7 passing yards a contest (No. 29 in the NFL).

In this ESPN Insider piece Insider, Kiper Jr. selects Florida cornerback Marcus Roberson for the Chargers at No. 25. Roberson makes some sense, particularly because at 6-0 and 195 pounds, he gives San Diego some much-needed size at the position. In his first mock draft Insider, Kiper Jr. had the Chargers taking Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby. Here is what Kiper Jr. had to say about Roberson.

Kiper Jr.: “The Chargers did a pretty good job of scheming their way around some holes at corner during the late-season run, but there's no question they could use another good cornerback (or two), particularly because I think that defensive line and pass rush could take another step forward next season. Roberson can get a little lackadaisical, but it can also look easy for him out there because he has good instincts and a sense of where routes are going. He has long arms and can get his hands on the ball. He simply needs to be more physical against the run and grab a little less in coverage.”

In this ESPN Insider piece Insider, McShay has the Chargers selecting a different cornerback from the University of Florida, Loucheiz Purifoy, at No. 25. In his first mock draft Insider, McShay gave the Chargers Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert. Purifoy makes sense because of his athleticism and playmaking ability at 6-foot and 190 pounds. Purifoy also has the ability to return kicks, another high-priority need for San Diego. Here’s what McShay had to say about Purifoy.

McShay: “The Chargers need to upgrade at cornerback and in the return game, and Purifoy could help in both areas. He is raw with his technique but has the potential to develop into a playmaker at corner because of his very good ball skills, and because he's one of the most naturally talented defensive backs in this draft. If the Chargers pass on Purifoy, they could go with a smaller but equally skilled and more polished cover corner in TCU's Jason Verrett. If they take a CB here, they could target a pass-rusher like Auburn's Dee Ford in Round 2 and a guard like Baylor's Cyril Richardson in Round 3.”

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