A few days ago, longtime draft specialist Mel Kiper Jr. released his projections for the first three rounds for the San Francisco 49ers. With the draft set to take place in just over two weeks from now, one has to believe these are Kiper's official and final predictions for the Niners.
I'm projecting the San Francisco 49ers WR Stephen Hill (rd 1), Miami (Ohio) OG Brandon Brooks (rd 2), & Michigan DL Mike Martin (rd 3).
— Mel Kiper Jr. (@MelKiperESPN) April 6, 2012
Not unusually, given the team's needs, Kiper has the 49ers selecting a wide receiver early, a talented offensive lineman second and a defensive line project with their third choice.
In the following slides, we'll break down the prospects and how they would fit in with the 49ers. We'll also examine why Kiper is confident these prospects will not only be available, but be taken by San Francisco.