5 Players 49ers Should Target on Day 2
With Round 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft proving to be as thrilling and frantic as many expected, Rounds 2 and 3 shouldn't disappoint.
From Sharrif's Floyd drastic drop to the bypassing of Geno Smith, the first round was nothing short of surprising. In fact, anticipation should be at all time high, with only one quarterback drafted on the first day, that being E.J. Manuel of course.
Teams will be lining up in Day 2 for the opportunity to draft a quarterback like Ryan Nassib or Matt Barkley, which should open the opportunity for the 49ers to move down, if they so choose.
However, in the first round, the 49ers decided to move up, as many pundits and experts predicted. With Dashon Goldson's successor in their grasp, will the Niners go after a tight end or defensive lineman? How about a receiver or another defensive back?
Whatever the Niners decide to do, we'll all be waiting in anticipation. Until then, here are five potential targets for the 49ers on Day 2.
CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
With Desmond Trufant and Xavier Rhodes off the board, adding Johnathan Banks with either of their next two selections would be great value.
At 6'2'', Banks is a long and rangy corner who should fit well in a press-man scheme. He's very good in run support and brings some physicality to the corner position.
With 16 career interceptions at Mississippi State, Banks has proven to be a great playmaker and has the length and height to win jump-ball situations. He does take chances, which is concerning, but the 49ers could use some playmakers in the back end.
TE: Zach Ertz Stanford
Zach Ertz is the popular selection at pick No. 34 for the 49ers, but I can see the former Stanford tight end still being on the board at 61.
Ertz isn't the blocker that Delanie Walker was, but the young tight end will bring some versatility as a receiver. He can line up in the O-line, out wide and in the slot.
At 6'5'', he could also factor in the red zone for Colin Kaepernick, and because of his familiarity with Jim Harbaugh, I wouldn't be surprised if Ertz was a big contributor on offense in year one.
WR Robert Woods, USC
Despite the critics, I'm really high on Robert Woods. He doesn't have a huge upside, but the young receiver should make a big impact in his first few seasons.
Woods is a polished wideout who will make his money in the slot, but he has the versatility to play multiple positions.
The Niners have question marks at receiver outside of Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. Kyle Williams and Mario Manningham are coming off serious injuries, while A.J. Jenkins and Ricardo Lockette are question marks despite the team's faith in the young guns.
The comparisons to Reggie Wayne may be a little far fetched, but I like the experience and versatility Woods would bring to the Niners' receiver corps.
WR Kennan Allen, California
Keenan Allen is another receiver that I'm high on despite a concerning right knee injury. Like Woods, Allen isn't a burner, but he has deceptive quickness and polish as a route runner to be an immediate contributor.
Allen's game really reminds me of a young Anquan Boldin. Call me crazy, but I think Allen has a bigger upside as a pro than Boldin coming out of college.
Allen will likely be gone by pick No. 61, so the 49ers will have to grab the former Cal receiver at No. 34. If I was Baalke, I would take a chance on Allen despite his suspect medical history.
DE/DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
Some might point to Margus Hunt or Cornellius Carradine as obvious targets, but I think Hankins is the better fit.
At 6'3'' 320 lbs, Hankins is a huge body who can dominate at the point of attack. He has the versatility to play as a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 base package, but is more suited as 0-technique nose tackle.
Hankins isn't a great pass-rusher, but he does have a ton of room for improvement in this area. He is, however, a fantastic run defender and should give the 49ers a presence up the middle of their defense.
His drop out of the first round was likely due to conditioning issues. Some believe he isn't a three-down player, but luckily for the 49ers, they don't need Hankins to play all downs.
Hankins can probably be had at either No. 34 or No. 61, which leaves the Niners the option to trade out of the other selection.