First of all, congratulation to the 49ers for getting to the NFC Championship game.
And...congratulations to the team for winning their division. Great effort.
The 49ers have tons of picks in 2013. They have their seven and four more from previous trades. With three additional compensatory picks, they'll have a total of 14. And the 49ers will get several draft picks in 2014 for an Alex Smith trade, as explained by Matt Maiocco from CSNBayAera.com.
Here is a possible (not probable) mock draft for the 49ers:
First Round, No. 30 Overall
Quarterback Matt Barkley, Senior, 6'2", 220 lbs, USC
Alex is gone (he will be traded in March).
So now...what if CK gets hurt in the first playoff game next year? Who steps in? Someone who can't take the 49ers to the superbowl?
The 49ers are going to get a QB to replace Alex Smith anyway.
And...who are you going to pay first round money to? The best nose tackles and defensive ends will be gone. There probably will only be players available at (or around) pick 30 through 32 that the 49ers just DON'T need.
Matt Barkley would have been the third overall pick last year. He should have gone pro a year ago when his stock was hot, but was loyal. His loyalty cost him. He has a lot of character.
Despite his perceived fall, Barkley is a steal at No. 30 and eventually will be able to fill in for Colin. He is the best pro-style quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft. If his stock does not rise back up to the top 10 after the combine, Barkley will have a year to learn the 49er's system.
Second Round, No. 62 Overall
3-4 DE Margus Hunt, Senior, 6'7", 290 lbs, SMU
The 49ers struggle just a bit when Justin Smith does not play. A 3-4 DE is the next biggest need since there is only one player to back up both defensive ends, and he (Ricky Jean-Francois) is a free agent in February. Considering Smith's age, getting two 3-4 DEs would not be a bad idea.
Margus Hunt, first-team All-CUSA, broke the NCAA career record for blocked field goals and will play in the Senior Bowl on January 26th. He led SMU in sacks (12) and was second in tackles for loss (8.5).
Third Round, No. 77 Overall (from Carolina)
3-4 DT Sylvester Williams, Senior, 6'3", 320 lbs, North Carolina
Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga is a free agent in a few months. The 49ers lost starter Aubrayo Franklin at that spot last year, and fullback Sopoaga filled in. If he leaves, nose tackle Ian Williams, an undrafted free agent in 2011, is the only depth left at that spot.
The nose tackle is the 49ers' biggest need. They actually could use two high 2012 draft picks on this position if Sopoaga leaves, but that scenario would be addressed with the help of free agency.
Jesse Williams would be the pick here if he were available, but he will be gone early in the second round. Sylvester Williams is a very good nose tackle. Some like Johnathan Jenkins, but have you watched his YouTube videos? He can't ever get off the ball. There is a huge drop off in talent at this position after Sylvester.
Third Round, No. 94 Overall
WR Da'Rick Rogers, Junior, 6'3", 215 lbs, Tennessee Tech
When Kyle Williams was hurt, it hurt the team. When Manningham went out, it really hurt the team. Ted Ginn and Randy Moss are free agents in two months. The 49ers need a wide receiver.
Da'Rick Rogers is a featured wide receiver with all the size who should go in the second-to-fourth round. He is a speedy receiver who creates mismatches with his quickness.
Third Round, No. 98 Overall (Compensatory)
C/G Travis Frederick, Junior, 6'4", 330 lbs, Wisconsin
Starting center Jonathan Goodwin is 34 years old. His time in the NFL is just about up. His backup, Daniel Kilgore, was drafted two years ago as a fifth-rounder. This is a weak point for the 49ers.
Travis Frederick could play right away even though he is a third-rounder. He is a first team All-Big Ten and, just as important, a first-team Academic All-Big Ten.
Fourth Round, No. 130 Overall
CB Micah Hyde, Senior, 6'1", 185 lbs, Iowa
Tramaine Brock is a restricted free agent in 2013. Carlos Rogers also won't be here forever, and the 49ers need to address this position. Micah Hyde's stock has fallen a bit, and big boards have him ranked between Nos. 100 and 150. He would be a good value at No. 130.
Fifth Round, No. 159 Overall (from Indianapolis)
SILB Michael Mauti, Senior, 6'2", 245 lbs, Penn State
Strong-side linebacker Tavares Gooden is a free agent in 2013, and Willis has no other backup listed on the depth chart. Michael Mauti fills an important need.
Fifth Round, No. 162 Overall
WILB Jelani Jenkins, Junior, 6'0", 230 lbs, Florida
Weak-side linebacker Larry Grant is a free agent in 2013. Inexperienced Wilhoite is third on the depth chart behind Bowman, so Jelani Jenkins is a welcome addition.
Sixth Round, No. 179 Overall (from Miami)
FS John Boyett, Senior, 5'10", 205 lbs, Oregon
Free safety Dashon Goldson only has one backup in C.J. Spillman. Boyett adds needed depth.
Sixth Round, No. 194 Overall
ROT Brennan Williams, Senior, 6'7", 315 lbs, North Carolina
Anthony Davis does not have a backup at right tackle.
Seventh Round, No. 217 Overall (from Cincinnati)
LOT Nick Becton. Senior, 6'6", 320 lbs., from Virginia Tech
Left Tackle Joe Staley has no backup. Nick Becton fills this need.
Seventh Round, No. 226 Overall
TE Zach Sudfeld, Senior, 6'6", 255 lbs, Nevada
Zach Sudfeld adds tight end depth in training camp since Delanie Walker is a free agent.
Seventh Round, No. 230 Overall (Compensatory)
SS Shawn Williams, Senior, 6'1", 220 lbs, from Georgia
Shawn Williams was a projected fourth-rounder, but his stock has fallen. He would be a steal in the seventh round, but DeVonte Holloman from South Carolina might be the available pick here.
Seventh Round, No. 232 Overall (Compensatory)
Kicker/Punter Quinn Sharp, Senior, 6'1", 205 lbs, Oklahoma State
David (wide left) Akers might need a backup.
Or at least some competition.
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