San Francisco 49ers: Paul Richardson

ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay executed a live draft Thursday night. The two analysts rotated picks. The rules of the mock were that they picked the players they would take in each spot, not necessarily the player they think the teams will take. As part of an Insider piece, the two experts also mocked the second and third rounds.Insider

Let’s take a look at their choices for the 49ers:

1. 30. Kiper's pick: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

2. 56. Kiper's pick: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

2. 61. McShay's pick: Daquan Jones, DT, Penn State

3. 77. McShay's pick: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

3. 94. Kiper's pick: John Brown, WR, Pittsburgh State

3.100. Kiper's pick: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

My thoughts: This is not a bad draft. Kiper and McShay pegged some nice players for the 49ers. The Barr pick is interesting. The NFL Nation reporters are going to have a mock draft next Tuesday. I have Barr on my list, but I will be looking at cornerback and receiver first. In this draft, Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin was still on the board when the 49ers were up. I’d probably take him over Barr. I like the Desir and Roberson picks at cornerback. I also like the Richardson and Brown picks. I’m not sure how many of these players are ready to help (the 49ers need immediate help at cornerback), but there is good projected talent here.

49ers three-round mock

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I plan on revealing a full seven-round mock draft for the San Francisco 49ers, who have 11 picks, on the day the draft commences.

For now, I am going to take a stab at the team's picks in the first three rounds; no NFL team has more. Yes, these choices are subject to change:

Summary: This is defense heavy, but with needs at cornerback and at pass rush, it may be necessary. Jason Verrett and Stanley Jean-Baptiste would be a strong cornerback combination for now and for the future. Verrett is a strong slot presence and Jean-Baptiste a bigger cornerback. Paul Richardson would fill the need for a speed receiver. Shayne Skov and Trent Murphy would be the first Stanford players taken in the Jim Harbaugh era. Harbaugh and 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio coached Skov and Murphy on the Farm. Skov could help fill in for NaVorro Bowman now and be a piece for the future. Murphy could be a developmental pass rusher to help the team navigate through the Aldon Smith situation. Ward is a potential standout at safety.
ESPN.com columnist Ashley Fox believes the 49ers have to follow the example of NFC West rival Seattle. The Seahawks dealt with off-field issues last season, persevered and won the Super Bowl. The 49ers are dealing with several issues this offseason. Fox thinks leadership is the key.

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Daniel Kilgore, who is expected to be the 49ers’ starting center, was cleared of public intoxication charges in his Tennessee hometown, CSN Bay Area reported. Kilgore was arrested in January. He was the first of three 49ers to be arrested this offseason.

The Sacramento Bee reported Colorado receiver Paul Richardson will visit the 49ers. The speedy receiver would be a target for San Francisco with the No. 56 or No. 61 pick in the second round.

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