Kiper’s co-worker-slash-rival at ESPN Insider has the 49ers ignoring their largest positions of need, instead adding the big-bodied Hageman to their defensive line.
A wide receiver is certainly a possibility here, but I don't know that there's an available speed receiver who makes sense. Cornerback is another option, but Bradley Roby is the highest-rated CB available and I'm not sure the Niners would want to bring him in the fold right now, given his recent off-field issues. If they like Hageman, he is a good value pick at this point in the first round, as he possesses an elite size-speed combo and could contribute in a rotation. The Niners are also a candidate to trade back or up from this slot. If a team such as the Texans or Jaguars wants to trade back into the first round to get their QB (in part so they can have a fifth-year option on one, in the event that their pick pans out, which is afforded to teams for first-round picks but not second-rounders), this could be a good pick to target.
I agree with McShay’s analysis that, if this was the best player available, the team would strongly consider trading down. The Texans at pick No. 33 and Jaguars at pick No. 35 would be looking to grab that first-round quarterback, without causing the 49ers to miss out on too many more players.
Hageman’s definitely a big body, and a first-round talent, but I’m not sure he quite fits in San Francisco’s lineup as it stands now. He’d presumably move to defensive end in the 49ers’ 3-4 system, and he would likely be quite successful. He’s got the size and shape of a player like J.J. Watt, but the team already has a defensive end of the future in Tank Carradine on the roster.
Long story short, the talent is certainly there. But considering the 49ers’ larger needs, I don’t know if he’d be the best use of the pick.
McShay thinks that the 49ers would shy away from Bradley Roby thanks to his recent off-field trouble involving alcohol and cars. While that’s an understandable reaction, I think the 49ers would still take him in this scenario.