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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Kiper, McShay expect good fits at No. 30

By Bill Williamson

Earlier Tuesday, we looked at scenarios in which the San Francisco 49ers could miss a player at one of their top need positions -- cornerback and receiver -- with the No. 30 pick.

In a recent conference call with NFL Nation reporters, ESPN draft expert Todd McShay said he wasn't sure whether the five cornerbacks and five receivers he thinks are worthy of going in the first round will be available when the 49ers pick in the first round.

However, in mock drafts released Tuesday, both Mel Kiper and McShay think the 49ers will get a chance to take one of those players.

Kiper has the 49ers tabbed to take Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews. He is one of the receivers McShay thinks is worthy of a first-round grade. The player Kiper has tabbed to go one pick later, to Denver at No. 31, is one of the five cornerbacks McShay likes in the first round: TCU's Jason Verrett.

If I was making this pick, I'd take Verrett over Matthews. The need at cornerback is more immediate and the receiver class is deep. The 49ers could get a good receiver at either No. 56 or No. 61.

McShay has the 49ers taking Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin. He was the last of the seven first-round-worthy receivers available on McShay's mock. I could see that being a solid choice if that is the way the board falls.