Welcome to my third and final San Francisco 49ers 2012 NFL Mock Draft.
Contrary to my previous mock, there will be no quirks found here.
Surely Trent Baalke and Co. will be looking to manipulate trade offers in order to maximize value and attack prospects they feel strongly about.
But until a draft-day trade is made, the 49ers have seven total selections and will be preparing to draft according to where they are currently slotted.
Here's how I think this weekend's draft will unfold for the Niners if they're somehow unsuccessful in finding any trade partners.
- Many 49er fans and experts think the guard position should be addressed as early as the 30th pick. I'll have to disagree. The free-agent signings of Randy Moss and Brandon Jacobs are quick fixes, not long-term solutions. There is still a serious need for offensive skill players to represent the future. This mock draft reflects exactly that. If a guard is the best available, that's a different story. But David DeCastro and Cordy Glenn will be long gone, and no other guard prospects would meet value in the first round.
- The cornerback position was not addressed. It was assessed and considered, but the availability of promising talent on the offensive side of the ball in the early rounds came at the cost of acquiring ample depth across the board.
- Many of these selections are players with whom the 49ers have had individual contact throughout the pre-draft process. Though these meetings do not guarantee the front office will end up feeling strongly about every prospect with whom they're in touch, many of them will play a substantial part in the 49ers' draft strategy. They did, in fact, take an interest for a reason.
- The 49ers' front office is quite fond of high-character prospects. They'll be looking for players who will buy into the program from day one, and my mock generally reflects that as well.