The NFL combine annually causes chaos on draft boards. Multiple years of tape seem to be forgotten as a player runs slightly faster or slower than expected in the 40-yard dash, or measures an inch or two larger or smaller than they were actually thought to be.
More significantly, it’s the first real chance most teams have to get a look at the prospects. Potential draftees are poked and prodded by team doctors, trying to ascertain if ligaments are healed and recoveries going on pace. In meeting rooms, coaches pepper prospects with questions, both about football and their personalities.
With at least 11 picks in this year’s draft, the San Francisco 49ers have the potential to come away from the 2014 NFL Draft with one of the best classes in the league. How is their draft shaking up, post-combine? We’ll look at each potential selection, and predict who the team will take in each instance.
The 49ers are very likely to be active traders on draft day—they have the most picks in the league, yet their roster is fairly full of talent already. They have a lot of freedom to either move up to get players they would like, or move down and stockpile picks for next year’s draft, as well. While this is a smart strategy, for the purposes of these predictions, we’ll assume no trades are made.
Without further ado, here are your projected 2014 San Francisco 49ers draftees.