San Francisco 49ers 2014 Mock Draft: Who Is the Ideal Pick in Every Round?

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San Francisco 49ers 2014 Mock Draft: Who Is the Ideal Pick in Every Round?
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
49ers general manager Trent Baalke has developed a skill for acquiring picks.

Is it too soon to start thinking about the San Francisco 49ers and the 2014 NFL draft?

No, of course not!

Mock drafts are fun and are a great way to take a look at specifically what each team around the NFL needs to do during the offseason.

The 49ers are no different.  In spite of being one of the most talented and deep teams in the NFL, San Francisco still has needs.  Some were made apparent this season.  Others will become a priority at season's end.

While it is still very early to break down a detailed look at the 49ers' plans in this upcoming draft, we can determine a variety of needs the team has, as well as projecting what future investments would most benefit the franchise.

According to Bill Williamson of ESPN, two of San Francisco preeminent needs are a wide receiver and a cornerback.  It is reasonable to assume the 49ers go for each this draft.

There are still plenty of factors that can change the 49ers' approach during the 2014 offseason—where they eventually wind up drafting, free-agent departures and acquisitions, etc.  Many of these possible facets shall be described herein.

Let's dive straight into it.

For starters, the 49ers currently have 13 picks to utilize in the 2014 draft, per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

Simply stated, there is no way that 13 prospects find their way onto San Francisco's roster next season.  There just are not enough holes to fill regardless of any pending free-agency departure or trade.

Yet the plethora of picks once again lends credence to general manager Trent Baalke's ability to stockpile picks.  Having too many picks is never a bad thing and, as a result, we can expect the 49ers to either trade up in the draft at times—much like they did in 2013—or even trade away current picks for future considerations.

Here is the list of picks from Maiocco:

1. First round: Own pick
2. Second round: Own pick
3. Second round: Kansas City pick in 2013 Alex Smith trade
4. Third round: Tennessee pick in 2013 draft day trade
5. Third round: Own pick
6. **Third: Compensatory
7. Fourth round: Own pick
8. Fifth round: Own pick
9. Sixth round: Own pick
10. Seventh round: Carolina pick from 2012 Colin Jones trade
11. Seventh round: New Orleans pick from Parys Haralson trade
12. Seventh round: Indianapolis pick from Cam Johnson trade
13. Seventh round: Own pick

**-The 49ers are in position to gain at least one compensatory pick due to a net loss of qualifying 2013 free agents. The pick, resulting from Dashon Goldson's departure, is expected to be a third-round selection.

Knowing the 49ers will finish with a draft slot between Nos. 29 and 32, we can estimate roughly where San Francisco will draft during each round with the exception of traded picks.  As a note, compensatory picks cannot be traded.

In determining the value of picks—in case San Francisco elects to either trade up, or trade this year's picks for picks next season—we will use the draft pick value chart supplied here by David Fucillo of Niners Nation.

Let's take a look at an early seven-round mock draft for the 49ers.

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