Re-Drafting San Francisco 49ers' 2013 NFL Draft
I gave it my best guess in the following slides.
The main two factors in this re-draft are how good the player was in his rookie season and where the Niners' needs are. I also took my projections on the players' long-term success into account.
In this re-draft, I made all picks under the assumption that the rest of the teams drafted the same way they did in 2013. For example, though Keenan Allen should've been picked way before the third round in the 2013 draft, he's available until the same spot in this re-draft.
Keep in mind that this article is not an attempt to bash the 49ers' front office for making mistakes. On the contrary, I've kept five of the 11 picks the same, which is uncommonly good for an NFL re-draft.
Round 1, Pick No. 18: Eric Reid
Actual pick: Eric Reid
The 49ers nailed their first pick of the 2013 draft by selecting LSU's Eric Reid.
The safety filled the void left by Dashon Goldson's departure and earned a Pro Bowl selection. Reid had four interceptions and 11 pass breakups for the league's seventh-best passing defense in yards allowed per game.
At this point, he looks like the best safety in the 2013 class. Mission accomplished.
Honorable mention: CB Desmond Trufant (pick No. 22)
Round 2, Pick No. 40: Tank Carradine
Actual pick: Tank Carradine
I thought at the time of the pick that the 49ers got incredible value by selecting Florida State's Tank Carradine.
My thoughts on the pick haven't changed.
The former Seminoles star missed the 2013 season with a knee injury, which is why he fell to the second round. Had he been healthy, he might've been a top-10 pick.
Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller tweeted this before the 2013 draft: "My ranking of Tank Carradine (DE-FSU) may surprise people, but once healthy I see a dominant pass rusher. He's top 5 for me."
Carradine had 13 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in his 2012 season at Florida State. With his strength and quickness combination, I predict he'll be a Pro Bowler at some point in his NFL career.
Honorable mention: LB Kiko Alonso (pick No. 46)
Round 2, Pick No. 55: Keenan Allen
Actual pick: Vance McDonald
The 49ers are entering the 2014 draft in need of one more big-time threat at wide receiver. Had they taken Keenan Allen, they wouldn't have such a need.
The former Cal star had 1,046 receiving yards and eight touchdowns for the San Diego Chargers in 2013.
Instead of nabbing the wide receiver, San Francisco chose Vance McDonald. The tight end was largely ineffective blocking and receiving in his first season. He'll look for a bounce-back season in 2014.
Honorable mention: TE Jordan Reed (pick No. 85)
Round 3, Pick No. 88: Corey Lemonier
Actual pick: Corey Lemonier
Corey Lemonier flashed major potential in his limited playing time in 2013.
According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), the pass-rusher had 20 quarterback hurries and a sack. He was ranked eighth in the NFL in pass-rush productivity among 3-4 outside linebackers with at least 100 pass-rush snaps.
With Aldon Smith possibly facing a suspension in 2014, we may see a lot of Lemonier early in the season.
Honorable mention: DT Akeem Spence (pick No. 100)
Round 4, Pick No. 128: Kenny Stills
Actual pick: Quinton Patton
It's tough to judge Quinton Patton's first season in the NFL. After all, the wide receiver only took part in 62 regular-season snaps.
Meanwhile, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills had 32 catches for 641 yards and five touchdowns.
Stills' big-play ability (20 yards per catch) would be an asset in San Francisco's offense.
Patton may turn out to be the better player, but right now, I'd take Stills if I had to choose.
Honorable mention: WR Quinton Patton (pick No. 128)
Round 4, Pick No. 131: Marcus Lattimore
Actual pick: Marcus Lattimore
Marcus Lattimore was arguably the best running back in the 2013 draft class, but teams were scared off by his history of knee injuries and the good chance he'd have to sit out the entire 2013 season (which he did).
Now it's 2014, and Lattimore is ready to make an impact.
"If I prove it in practice, I don't think there's no excuse why I can't play," he said to David Cloninger of The State. "I'm ready."
With Frank Gore entering a contract year, Lattimore has a chance to win over the coaching staff as the long-term starter in 2014.
Honorable mention: Earl Wolff, SS (pick No. 136)
Round 5, Pick No. 157: Micah Hyde
Actual pick: Quinton Dial
In his NFL 1000 series, B/R's Matt Miller ranked Micah Hyde as the 24th-best cornerback in 2013.
That's great value for a fifth-round pick.
Hyde had two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a sack in limited playing time for the Green Bay Packers. He's also an above-average tackler for a defensive back. He'd be perfect for the 49ers' starting nickelback role.
As an added bonus, he's a quality kickoff and punt returner. He had a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 70-yard kickoff return.
Honorable mention: Zac Stacy, RB (pick No. 160)
Round 6, Pick No. 180: Andre Ellington
Actual pick: Nick Moody
The Arizona Cardinals struck gold by selecting Andre Ellington in the sixth round last year. He scored four touchdowns and had a yards-per-carry average of 5.5.
With his speed, he would be a great complement to Frank Gore and Marcus Lattimore.
And with LaMichael James causing more drama this offseason, I'm sure the 49ers wish they would've taken Ellington last year.
Honorable mention: LB Vince Williams (pick No. 206)
Round 7: Pick No. 237: Joseph Fauria
Actual pick: B.J. Daniels
If the 49ers never took Vance McDonald, they'd have a need for another tight end.
Joseph Fauria, who went undrafted, had seven touchdown catches in his rookie season for the Detroit Lions.
He's not going to wow you with his blocking, but he's matchup problem in the red zone with his 6'7" frame.
(No honorable mentions for seventh-round picks.)
Round 7: Pick No. 246: Tony Jefferson
Actual pick: Carter Bykowski
In this re-draft, the 49ers draft two wide receivers, two running backs, one free safety, one defensive end, one outside linebacker, one cornerback and one tight end to this point.
They could use more competition for the backup safety spot.
Tony Jefferson, who went undrafted, started for the Arizona Cardinals at free safety in their Week 16 win against the Seattle Seahawks. He had four tackles and helped hold the Seahawks to just 10 points.
He'd compete with Craig Dahl and C.J. Spillman for playing time behind starters Eric Reid and Antoine Bethea.
Round 7, Pick No. 252: Marcus Cooper
Actual pick: Marcus Cooper
The Kansas City Chiefs claimed Marcus Cooper off waivers after the 49ers put him there right before the 2013 regular season started. It turned out to be a heady move by the Chiefs.
Cooper had 18 pass breakups and three interceptions in his rookie season.
The Niners could use a talented cornerback on a cheap rookie contract like Cooper entering the 2014 season.