San Francisco 49ers: Todd McShay

Did you miss seeing mock drafts?

I mean, it has almost been a week since the first round of the NFL draft. We had a feeling you had a hankering for some more mocking, so, without hesitation, in an Insider piece, we present Todd McShay’s very first mock draft for the first round of the 2015 draft. McShay’s mock, which he admits is way, way premature, is based on Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz’s 2015 record projections. He has the 49ers picking 25th.

McShay tabs TCU pass-rusher Devonte Fields. I don’t mind the pick. With Aldon Smith’s future up in the air, I could see the 49ers spending their first pick next year on a pass-rusher. Along with cornerback, pass-rusher is good enough of a position guess now as any.

What raises my eyebrows is Schatz having the 49ers going 9-7. Unless there are big injuries, I find that difficult to buy. The 49ers are 36-11-1 under Jim Harbaugh in the regular season. It’s not like this team has taken a nosedive in the offseason personnel wise.
In his annual post-draft grades,Insider, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. gave two teams a high mark of an "A."

One team desperately needed it – the Jacksonville Jaguars. The other team that Kiper gave the top grade to was the San Francisco 49ers. Well, that’s just piling on. The 49ers, who also traded for standout receiver Stevie Johnson during the draft, entered the draft with perhaps the NFL’s finest roster. Well, it got a lot better.

Here is some of Kiper’s reasoning for giving the 49ers such a great grade: The Niners just got so many good players. Safety Jimmie Ward will cover, attack the line of scrimmage, and will play fast and fearless. If you call that a reach, remember that Arizona had taken Deone Bucannon at No. 27, so there were already three safeties off the board (not that Bucannon and Ward are that similar) and the 49ers knew if they didn't nab Ward there, they had no chance later. They got the No. 1 RB in the draft at No. 57. Frank Gore has a lot of miles on the odometer, LaMichael James may not be there long, and if Marcus Lattimore is your No. 1, you better have a 1-A. Carlos Hyde made sense and, again, he's the top RB in the draft. Marcus Martin is a future starter at center; Chris Borland gives immediate depth at linebacker and has the experience to play now. Brandon Thomas is another 49ers redshirt, but could be a star guard when he comes back (he hurt his knee this spring, but would have gone in Round 2 otherwise). Bruce Ellington isn't a far cry from Brandin Cooks, but he went 86 picks later. It goes on and on. Dontae Johnson is solid and Aaron Lynch has developmental promise. I even like the pick at No. 245 -- Trey Millard is the top fullback in the draft and was another guy who dropped on some boards after a knee injury. What I like about this draft is the 49ers are in a championship window, and they still managed to balance both the need for immediate help and also got a lot of talent for the future.

What stood out to me about the 49ers’ draft is that they scored so many players who can make an impact, but were available lower than projected. Those players include Hyde, Martin, Borland and Ellington. Truly, the rich got richer.

Meanwhile,Insider in an Insider piece, Todd McShay really likes two 49ers’ picks a lot.
ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have released their final mock drafts of the year in Insider pieces. Both men have the San Francisco 49ers getting a receiver.

In Kiper's mock Insider, he has Indiana’s Cody Latimer going to the 49ers at No. 30. If the 49ers -- who reportedly are trying to trade up for a receiver -- stay at No. 30, Latimer would be a tremendous value. I’d be surprised if he is there, as I think he'll go in the 22-26 range.

A lot of people, including me, think the 49ers will attempt to trade up for a top receiver such as LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. McShay agrees. Insider But the rule of this mock is there are no trades. So, McShay admitted he fudged some and had Beckham slide to the 49ers at No. 30. He knows it's unlikely, but because the 49ers' pursuit of Beckham appears real, he made this pairing.
In an Insider piece, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay changed several of his picks in the first round.

The pick for the San Francisco 49ers was one of the changes McShay made . He previously had the 49ers taking Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin with the No. 30 pick. In this version, McShay left Benjamin off the board in the first round.

Instead, he has the 49ers nabbing Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman at No. 30.

Perhaps the 49ers brass loves Hageman. He's certainly considered a fine player and a solid first-round choice. But I don’t know if that is an immediate need position. The 49ers have a lot of youth at the position. I’d take a receiver or even a pass-rusher in this scenario over Hageman.

This mock is another reason it appears the 49ers would be best suited moving up to get a top cornerback or receiver.
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.
With off-field issues clouding Aldon Smith's future, there has been a lot of talk that the San Francisco 49ers will have to take a pass-rusher with a premium pick.

According to ESPN draft expert Todd McShay, the final chance to get an immediate impact pass-rusher may be the middle of the second round. In a recent conference call with NFL Nation reporters, McShay said picks No. 40-45 may be the "sweet spot" to nab a pass-rusher. The 49ers have the No. 30 pick in the first round and the No. 56 and No. 61 picks in the second.

Perhaps the 49ers will have to make a trade if they want a pass-rusher.

McShay counts Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu, Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence and Auburn's Dee Ford as pass-rushers who could be taken as high as late in the first round and as low as in the middle of the second round. The 49ers have visited with Lawrence.
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.
Todd McShay has been studying the San Francisco 49ers spot at No. 30 in the first round of the May 8-10 draft.

McShay thinks they may be in a rough spot.

While their top needs, receiver and cornerback, are the two deepest positions in this draft, McShay thinks seven receivers and five cornerbacks could go in the first round.

Here are the receivers he thinks can go in the first 32 picks: Clemson's Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M's Mike Evans, LSU's Odell Beckham Jr., Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, USC's Marqise Lee, Indiana's Cody Latimer and Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin. Here are the cornerbacks McShay thinks will go in the first round: Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard, Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert, Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller, Ohio State's Bradley Roby and TCU's Jason Verrett. Roby, however, is coming off an OVI incident in Ohio, which he disputes. That could take him off team's boards and lessen the first-round market. UPDATE: Roby pled guilty to a lesser charge Tuesday.

McShay says that several teams that pick right in front of the 49ers need a receiver or a cornerback. He thinks the teams drafting from No. 22-28 could easily take a player at one of those two spots.

That would create two problems for the 49ers.

All the players in this group could be off the board when the 49ers pick at No. 30. Plus, because so many teams are in the market for cornerbacks and receivers, the 49ers may have a difficult time trading up in the 22-28 range because few teams want to avoid the dilemma that may be facing San Francisco.

The 49ers may have to trade in the 15-20 range to get a player they covet. They have six picks in the first 100 picks, so they do have picks to trade. Plus, they have shown they aren't afraid to move up. The 49ers traded up from No. 31 to No. 18 to grab safety Eric Reid last year.

McShay said the receiver class is much deeper, so it may behoove the 49ers to try to take a cornerback in the first round and then grab a receiver later. McShay believes there are 21 receivers who could be taken in the first four rounds.

Analyzing McShay mock: 49ers 

April, 24, 2014
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Todd McShay is offering his latest mock draft . This time, he is picking as if he is making the choice, instead of projecting whom the team will pick.

He picked an interesting player for the 49ers. It is not a player I've seen connected to San Francisco much.

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.