The mock draft firestorm has been in full swing since the end of the regular season, but the delayed NFL draft has made the 2014 offseason feel longer than ever.
Eleven total draft picks leave the San Francisco 49ers in excellent shape, but an unpredictable first round should command a large share of the attention. With the big day just two weeks away now, there's never been a better time to take note as the final mocks are polished up.
Draft experts have been working tirelessly to forecast this year's first round, only to be undone by the first shocking trade of the weekend. With that in mind however, these exercises are great for a look into the type of players that could be available late in the round.
Earlier this week, Bleacher Report's Nick Kostos provided a roundup of select expert mock drafts, including:
- Daniel Jeremiah (NFL.com)
- Mel Kiper Jr. (ESPN)*
- Todd McShay (ESPN)*
- Matt Miller (Bleacher Report)
- Evan Silva (Rotoworld)
The 49ers have been widely speculated to trade out of the No. 30 overall pick, but anything can happen at Radio City Music Hall on the night of May 8. Assuming that general manager Trent Baalke does stand pat, which name will be read at the podium?
With the selections of these five experts in mind, we'll break down the ideal choice in value and fit for the upcoming season and beyond.
*Note: Subscription required for full access to both ESPN mocks drafts. All statistics according to sports-reference.com.