San Francisco 49ers: Louis Nix III

In his latest mock draft, in an Insider piece, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay believes the San Francisco 49ers will shore up the defensive line.

He has Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III tabbed for the 49ers. Nix is a high quality player and he would be good value at No. 30, where the 49ers pick. But the 49ers are deep on the defensive line.

McShay has Nix as the pick because his mock has a late first-round run on receivers and cornerbacks. Those are the 49ers’ biggest needs.

Still, the 49ers, who are poised to have 13 draft picks, have the capability to trade up in the first round. If they think that's what it would take to get Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks or Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin, the 49ers would.

Also, as this board falls, I'd think the 49ers would be interested in Fresno State receiver Davante Adams or Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner with the No. 30 pick.

McShay Mock 3.0: 49ers 

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Todd McShay’s third NFL mock draft for 2014 is out on ESPN Insider today. The Niners just resigned Anquan Boldin, giving them a nice core of pass catchers in Boldin, Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree, the latter of whom should be back to full health in 2014 as quarterback Colin Kaepernick's go-to receiver. But this area of the draft is loaded with exciting wide receivers, and adding a young one to the squad could pay off huge for San Francisco. A speed wideout in particular should be coveted.

The 49ers also should add an interior offensive line prospect at some point, and love collecting defensive linemen with upside. Donte Whitner probably will not be back, so adding a high-end safety prospect next to last year’s first round pick, Eric Reid, could be the move here.

But right now, cornerback is San Francisco’s top need, and the 30th overall pick could be a nice spot to land a new cornerback. Also, considering that this is a very talented team without too many huge holes to fill, they could move up for the guy they covet, as they did for Reid; San Franciso has more picks in this draft than any other team.

Whom does McShay have the 49ers drafting at No. 30? Let’s take a look Insider:

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