Prior to this season I had spent little time perusing possible draft picks for the San Francisco 49ers leading up to their drafts. I don't know why I never have before and quite frankly, I regret not paying more attention to it. I have a personality that trends toward outbursts of obsessive-compulsive behavior and burying oneself in NFL draft minutiae has proven to be a surprisingly gratifying outlet for me.
Collecting theoretical draft picks in one's head is kind of like playing Monopoly with $50 million cash and a single die. Once you get ahead a little--like the 49ers are with so many picks right now--there's a tendency to conjure up some fantastically hideous fantasies about your enemies while hording your collection of the red and orange and blue properties plus all four Railroads to yourself, with a Get Out of Jail Free card you stole out of the box when no one was looking. With that much cash on the line all of the hundreds of different possibilities as you go around the board can turn you into a frenzied psychotic by the time your fateful turn to roll comes up.
Which isn't to say that NFL prospects are like well-developed pieces of property along St. Charles Avenue or Marvin Gardens.
But once someone gets trapped into a serious predilection for fantasizing about millions of different possibilities, it becomes hard to differentiate between one kind of obsession or another. To a certain kind of mind, it's just a collection of something that person happens to like. I like football, so I like immersing myself in a fetishistic saturation of possible dream picks for the 49ers and the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft. I'm collecting possibilities, and I don't even know where they're picking at yet or if they'll keep all 23 of their picks this year (just kidding, they only have eleven, plus two possible compensatory picks). I only know they'll be used to crush their opponents over the coming seasons, much like crushing your opponents each time they pass Go.
So let's go over some of the players that the 49ers should be looking at in the upcoming college bowl season. This is a look at potential players for the 49ers to pick up based on just a few identified position needs, not simply the best available players in each round. But to make things a little interesting, this list will be confined to potential athletic freaks or monstrously-sized men the 49ers could get to fill each position need and who could be big draft steals if their uncommon size or athleticism translates well to the NFL.