Here's my final take on who I believe the 49ers will draft with all of their draft picks.
With Trent Baalke calling the shots on draft day, it makes it harder to predict. If the 49ers go with the best player available method that they have done in the past, the following are players who the 49ers could select.
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I had the 49ers trading up for Eric Berry to select him at No. 10 in my final mock. If he does slip past the Bills at No. 9, then that might be a possibility. I think the Jaguars will look to trade back later in the first round to select Tim Tebow.
If the 49ers do not trade, then I could see them selecting one of these players—Dan Williams, Joe Haden, Sergio Kindle, or Anthony Davis.
I think the 49ers will pick Davis with this pick, and the Seahawks will not pick a left tackle with their first pick (they will select Dez Bryant). Therefore, if they don't, then the Seahawks might take a tackle at 14.
With the possibility of the Seahawks picking a tackle at 14, the 49ers will take Davis or one of the other top four tackles who might slip on draft day. Davis also has the potential to play left tackle.
I could definitely see the 49ers trading this pick if they pick up a offensive tackle with their first pick. One possible trade partner would be San Diego.
I think the 49ers will trade down this pick so the Chargers can move up to select a player such as Ryan Mathews. If so, then they would swap the first round picks, 17 for 28, and second round picks, 49 for 40. The 49ers would also pick up the Chargers' fourth round pick.
If the 49ers trade to later in round one, then Cody is their pick. He would work into the rotation, and the 49ers would have their replacement for Aubrayo Franklin.
Takeo Spikes has one, maybe two years left in him. The 49ers have been looking for another young inside linebacker for the past two years to pair alongside Patrick Willis.
Brandon Spikes was projected to be a first round pick if he had declared last year. His production in college has been excellent; however, his offseason workouts have been terrible.
Because of these workouts, Spikes might slip into the middle of the second round. If he does, then the 49ers will likely be there to snatch him up.
The 49ers pick up a player with return abilities who is also a playmaker. McKnight is a great receiver. This is pretty much the spot where I see McKnight being drafted.
Here is where the 49ers select a successor to Michael Lewis.
I've been thinking about it, and it seems unlikely that the 49ers would select a free safety in the earlier rounds unless a) a trade makes sense for Eric Berry, or b) he falls to 13.
The 49ers have Dashon Goldson, who could move over to strong safety, but they also have two promising young free safeties in Reggie Smith and Curtis Taylor. Rolle is a high character guy who Mike Singletary will like.
If the 49ers don't draft a strong safety, then there is a chance O.J. Atogwe could be available if the Rams release him in the summer.
The 49ers could go cornerback with one of their first round picks, but with the depth at cornerback in this draft, they will be able to find quality players in the mid rounds.
Character concerns are why Geathers could fall this far. Geathers is the perfect size for a 3-4 DE. He's 6'7" and 299 pounds.
Geathers needs to work on technique and will require a lot of coaching. However, his physical abilities can't be ignored, and in round six, he would be worth a shot.
Unfortunately, O'Brien Schofield tore his ACL in Senior Bowl practices; however, the 49ers could use his pass-rushing ability and take him with this late-round pick.
Schofield probably wouldn't play at all his rookie year as he recovers, but he would have a chance to learn the playbook and other mental aspects of the game. This time would also allow him to put on additional muscle.
This would be an excellent pick if Schofield is still available at this spot.
With the recent signing of Travis LaBoy, the 49ers don't need to draft a pass rusher early, but if Sergio Kindle is available at 13, they might take him. More likely, the 49ers will select a player who should have landed in the first or second round but didn't due to injury.
Another value pick in the late rounds, Thurmond has excellent cover and return abilities. His problem has been staying healthy.
With an aging secondary looking to become younger, Thurmond will have a good chance to earn a roster spot.