As the 2012 NFL Draft draws ever closer, it's understandable for fans of the San Francisco 49ers to obsess over who the team will select.
Luckily, there are no shortage of websites willing to provide mock drafts to answer this very question. One popular prognosticating site is the weekly updated WalterFootball.com.
Walter's latest mock has predictions for the first five rounds.With that in mind, let's break down his choices.
On one hand, this pick makes a lot of sense.
Coby Fleener played three years at Stanford under the tutelage of current 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, meaning he'll be very familiar with his system. Harbaugh is clearly quite fond of the 6'6 standout, leading the speculation that Fleener might land in San Francisco.
However, the Niners taking a tight end in the first round will be a reach as long as Vernon Davis is still in a 49er. Even in two tight end formations, the 49ers already have an explosive second option in Delanie Walker.
While Fleener is a great talent, GM Trent Baalke may be better served by looking for a wide receiver or corner in the first round.
With or without Carlos Rogers, the 49ers could use some help at corner back this offseason.
While Brandon Boykin is a good pick from a need perspective, he does have a few question marks. First, Boykin fractured his leg at the Senior Bowl, leaving him unable to perform at the NFL Scouting combine.
In addition, concerns have been raised about his small frame and inconsistent tackling ability.
Boykin's strength is his blazing speed. His return abilities could be a welcome addition to the 49ers' special teams.
In all, Boykin could contribute to the club, but he might be a reach in the second round.
WalterFootball projects the 49ers finally addressing their biggest need in the third round.
Tommy Streeter had an outstanding NFL Combine, checking in at 6'5 while also running a 4.4 40. The problem is Tommy Streeter figures to be a developmental player instead of an instant upgrade.
Streeter was a one-year wonder at Miami, catching 46 balls as a junior after only have six catches in his first two years combined. His lack of experience is evidenced by his suspect route running.
Streeter would be a decent investment if the Niners can land a marquee wide receiver, such as Mike Wallace or Vincent Jackson.
Otherwise, I would suggest that the 49ers look for help at the position earlier in the draft.
Drafting offensive line help is imperative for the 49ers.
Right guard is in dire need of help, with Adam Snyder and Chilo Rachal becoming free agents.
Tony Bergstrom is, at 6'5'' and 315 pounds, a big guy noted for his toughness. However, his speed isn't fantastic and he's almost 26 years old.
Bergstrom would be great for depth purposes, but he might not be the answer at right guard.
Free agent pickup Jonathan Goodwin performed admirably at center in 2011, but his best days are likely behind him.
David Molk may not be a long term solution at center, but he does have some upside.
The undersized Molk is noted for his quickness and toughness. He led all offensive lineman at the Combine with 41 reps in the bench press.
Molk figures to have good value for a late-round pick.