While I was criticized in my Free Agency Edition, I'll take another stab at a final edition. The attached link is my overall round one mock draft, http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1119093-2012-nfl-mock-draft-round-one-final-version . I was not persuaded by comments, but there were a few good points.
I'll stick true to my first mock, and there is a strong possibility that the 49ers do not select a offensive lineman in the first round. Below is my reasoning:
If the 49ers do go offensive lineman in the first round, it would almost eliminate Daniel Kilgore—who the 49ers traded up to draft last year in the fifth round—from competing for the starting position. The 49ers reportedly highly regard Kilgore. They also appear to let Alex Boone compete for the starting right guard position with Kilgore.
The 49ers actual first-round pick will probably be someone who does not show up in Mock Drafts.
Below is taken almost verbatim from my overall first round mock:
The 49ers have had recent history trading with Denver. They moved up a couple spots in 2010 into Denver's spot to select Anthony Davis. They also moved up in the second round last year, 2011, into Denver's spot to select Colin Kaepernick. A trade with the Broncos makes sense. Plus, it makes sense for the Broncos to trade with an NFC team instead of an AFC team. Except for the Packers, the rest of the teams that pick between the 49ers and Broncos are AFC teams.
The 49ers roster is set to where they can truly draft the best player available. Offensive lineman, wide receiver or Coby Fleener tend to be the pick here in most mocks; however, the 49ers could go defensive lineman or outside linebacker with this pick. The 49ers do have three promising young defensive lineman in Damarcus Dobbs, Ricky Jean Francois and Ian Williams.
All that being said, with Stephen Hill still on the board, the 49ers might try to move up before the Texans to select him. While Stephen Hill might not have much experience in college because of the option offense that Georgia Tech runs, he had a 29.3 yards per catch average. Hill is already an excellent blocker which is a must in the 49ers offense. The 49ers have also shown that they can coach up players. Heck they turned a defensive end in college, Bruce Miller, into their starting fullback. The 49ers need to grab some receivers with speed and playmaking ability for their future quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
This pick also makes sense as the 49ers have recently drafted younger players with their last two drafts‚—Aldon Smtih and Anthony Davis. Hill will turn 21 just before the draft. Also the 49ers first round draft picks have either visited the 49ers facility or they have had workouts for the club. Hill reportly visited the weekend of April 14, 2012.
The 49ers would probably have to give up their 30th pick and third round pick to move up.
Crick might be off the board earlier in round two, but if he is still hanging around when the 49ers pick, this would be a no brainer. Crick could eventually replace Justin Smith. Crick was a first round prospect until he was injured in October last year with a torn pectoral muscle.
Part of trade in first round with Denver Broncos.
Jackson has all the athletic tools to be a great safety. He will most likely be a mid-to-late-round selection due to off-the-field issues at Tennessee, which caused him to finish his college career at McNeese State.
Jackson played safety at Tennessee but cornerback at McNeese State, which shows his versatility. The 49ers will be looking for depth at safety with a safety with cover skills.
This pick remains unchanged from my previous mock. The 49ers will add a interior lineman somewhere in the draft but probably not till the later rounds.
Saulsberry is not as big as the 49ers usually like in their offensive lineman, neither is Daniel Kilgore, but he has a fast first step and is aggressive.
Saulsberry would project as a backup center and guard prospect and could eventually start at center.
Adding another safety prospect late in the draft cannot hurt. The 49ers at the beginning of last year had too many safeties. Now they are low, and should be able to replenish in the draft. Ihenacho has play-making ability. Plus, safeties usually make good special teamers which is where Ihenacho would have to earn his roster spot..
Jackson did not play much on defense for the Panthers. He is an excellent returner and is athletically gifted. He would have to earn a spot as a special teamer, initially.
- Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford (Might go undrafted due to injury concerns)
- Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon (Could go the same path as LeGarrette Blount as both were kicked off the Oregon team)
- Adrian Robinson, OLB, Temple
- Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, NT, Baylor
- D.J. Holt, ILB, California
- Ronald Leary, OL, Memphis
- Alvester Alexander, RB, Wyoming