2012 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers Last Minute Mock

Matthew YazoContributor IApril 26, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03:  David Wilson #4 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs the ball against the Michigan Wolverines during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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We're roughly an hour away from the official beginning of the 2012 NFL Draft on the West Coast and here's my seven-round mock for the San Francisco 49ers:


Round 1, No. 30 (30):

David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

The 49ers go offense but with Stephen Hill off the board they surprise many with the selection of upstart running back, David Wilson.  Wilson will raise some eyebrows but fits a need and could arguably be the best player on the board.  

Wilson's knock is that he "dances" too much before hitting the hole—a rectifiable negative.  However, he also has a tendency to carry the ball high and fumble.  If the 49ers don't feel that such things can be rectified, then sure, they'd stay away. However, Tom Rathman is captain "Points of Pressure" and could coach him up.

His upside is almost infinite.  He can play the slot, run with power between the tackles, return kicks, be a leader and a rare athlete outside of the tackles.  


Round 2, No. 29 (60):

Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa State

Does the word, "beast" mean anything to you?  This guy is a well-spoken leader who stands at a towering 6'6", 333 lbs.  He's pure muscle.  He's strong, physical and aggressive and would immediately pencil in at right guard creating a very fierce offensive line.


Round 3, No. 39 (92):

Alameda Ta'Amu, DT, Washington

Others might suggest Jared Crick from Nebraska but Ta'Amu is a 6'3", 348 lbs, defensive tackle with a nonstop motor and surly appetite for gobbling up offensive linemen.   

Ta'Amu could provide serious depth at DT for SF and ultimately take Sop's place in 2013.


Round 4, No. 30 (125):

Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami

Lots of B/R fans will jump for joy if Streeter is still available for SF at 125 overall.  A total steal.  Streeter is a "poor man's" Stephen Hill who is a "poor man's" Randy Moss.  

Moss, who was coached up by Chris Carter early in his career, would hopefully not mind mentoring the young wide receiver who possesses that deadly combination of height and speed.


Round 5, No. 30 (165):

Chase Minnifield, CB, Virgina

Minnifield comes from good pedigree and knows the game of football.  His dad was a Pro Bowler for the Cleveland Browns and although that doesn't guarantee that Chase will follow suit, the word "productivity" comes to mind.  

He's smart, he's tough and he'd provide good depth at corner—a position of need for San Francisco.


Round 6, No. 29 (199)

Duke Ihenacho, San Jose State, S

Heading into the 2011 offseason, the San Francisco 49ers were bare at defensive back.  In turn, they signed Carlos Rogers and Donte Whitner and drafted Chris Culliver.  The work is yet to be complete.  

Ihenacho would instantly be slotted behind Dashon Goldson and provide an explosive part on special teams.


Round 7, No. 30 (237)

Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State

The only knock on this kid is that he plays like a complete unhinged maniac.  On one hand, he gets unnecessary personal fouls. On the other, he destroys opponents.  

He's worth the risk at this point.