2012 NFL Mock Draft: Who Will the San Francisco 49ers Draft in Round 1?

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIApril 24, 2012

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 26:  Coby Fleener #82 of the Stanford Cardinal runs in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of their game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Stanford Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Entering the 2012 offseason, the San Francisco 49ers didn't have a ton of holes to fill, as they were coming off of a loss in the NFC Championship against the New York Giants.

Last year for the 49ers, we saw the emergence of quarterback Alex Smith, the rise of an elite defense as well as a new leader and face of the franchise in head coach Jim Harbaugh.

All in all, 2011 was an incredibly successful season for San Francisco and all they need to do is continue building on the winning foundation that is already placed out in front of them. 

With that being said, let's take a look at my full seven-round mock draft that I released this week and we'll take a look at who I have slated in at No. 30 overall for the 49ers. 


No. 30: Coby Fleener, Stanford, TE

The Stanford connection simply makes this pick so relevant. 

Harbaugh spent three seasons at Stanford coaching Coby Fleener, so Harbaugh certainly has a familiarity with the player. 

Fleener is without a question the top tight end in this year's class as he possesses all the elite talent and skills to be a very special player at the NFL level. 

Granted, the 49ers may have Vernon Davis, one of the NFL's elite tight ends, but over the past few seasons NFL offenses have been changing more towards a two tight-end offensive system—with these tight ends being receiving threats rather than assets in the blocking game. 

Fleener stands in at 6'6" and has excellent size and strength for his position as well as being equipped with elite speed. Fleener has great hands, as he catches balls in traffic well and has no problem going up and snagging the ball in a jump-ball situation. 

Fleener can not only line up as a tight end but he as athletic enough to be split out and is strong and fast enough to beat your typical NFL cornerback. 

All in all, Fleener doesn't have any glaring weaknesses and appears to make perfect sense for the 49ers to snag him at No. 30 overall. 


Tony Santorsa's 2012 NFL Mock Draft:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil

4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne

6. St. Louis Rams: Fletcher Cox

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Melvin Ingram

8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill

9. Carolina Panthers: Justin Blackmon

10. Buffalo Bills: Michael Floyd

11. Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro

12. Seattle Seahawks: Luke Kuechly

13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin

14. Dallas Cowboys: Quinton Coples

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Brockers

16. New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick

18. San Diego Chargers: Cordy Glenn

19. Chicago Bears: Nick Perry

20. Tennessee Titans: Stephon Gilmore

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Peter Konz

22. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright

23. Detroit Lions: Riley Reiff

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Adams

25. Denver Broncos: Dontari Poe

26. Houston Texans: Whitney Mercilus 

27. New England Patriots: Harrison Smith

28. Green Bay Packers: Jerel Worthy

29. Baltimore Ravens: Dont'a Hightower

30. San Francisco 49ers: Coby Fleener

31. New England Patriots: Devon Still 

32. New York Giants: Zach Brown


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