It took forever, but the 2014 NFL draft is finally upon us. On Thursday night, all the speculation and rumors will be over, and we’ll finally know what the San Francisco 49ers plan to do with their 11 draft picks.
That means it’s time for one last mock draft. One last chance to try to match talent to need and try to figure out what Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh are planning on doing come Thursday night.
This slideshow will look at each of San Francisco’s potential selections in an attempt to figure out who will be available, who the 49ers will take and what other options they may have.
For the purposes of this mock draft, we’re allowing trades. The 49ers don’t need to add 11 players to their team, so it’d be silly to assume they’d sit back and draft in their assigned slots, never moving up or down the board.
While the 49ers could vault up the first round if they wanted, I went with a bit more cautious approach—moving up twice to grab players that were falling, rather than trying to make a huge splash in the first round. This mock ends up coming away with two players I feel the 49ers would take in the first round, without actually needing two first-round picks.
I’ll also be comparing each selection to who I mocked to the 49ers back in February. Suffice it to say a lot has changed since then.