Despite the offense being the weakness on last year's team, the Niners will look at a lot of defensive players in this year's draft. They need to replace at least one OLB, maybe two, and the secondary has been a weakness.
San Francisco has a lot of young players on the offensive side of the ball who they hope to develop, so most of the offensive picks will be value picks or picks to provide depth. Of course, their biggest need is at quarterback, so it will be interesting to see if they take a player early from a QB class that lacks luster.
It will be tempting to take a corner at this spot but Miller fills two needs for the Niners with one pick. They need to add an outside linebacker and they need a player who can manufacture a pass rush on his own.
Miller went back to college and also improved his coverage skills.
Not the biggest name among all of the cornerbacks in the draft but he is a solid tackler with good ball skills. During his college career, House took three INTs into the end zone and is a threat to score every time he gets his hands on the ball.
Powe gives the team an insurance policy in case Aubrayo Franklin leaves in free agency, or could facilitate a move for him to DE. He has the size to man the middle of a 3-4 defense and is accustomed to seeing double teams, which gives him good preparation to work in the middle.
Harbaugh absolutely loves this guy and if he is still available at this spot in the fourth round, I would consider it a lock. The only reason that Marecic will fall this far is because the fullback is not used as much in today's NFL.
He will have the advantage of already being familiar with the offense and is a versatile player who can play offense, defense and special teams. Tom Rathman will love to be able to coach this player.
Devlin is a project but most of the QBs in this draft are. He has good accuracy but does not have great arm strength.
There are questions about him, as there were about Joe Flacco because he decided to shy away from competition and move to an FCS program.
The addition of Noel Devine would complete the trifecta for the 49ers. They would have an all-around back (Frank Gore), a power back (Anthony Dixon) and a speed back (Noel Devine). It would give them a lot of options to create different offensive looks and keep the defense on its toes.
His size is a concern, but as long as he can add a little weight he can be an effective NFL player.
A talented safety who has has some off-the-field issues. Should have stayed for another year at Florida but reportedly did not get along with the new head coach, Will Muschamp.
Dashon Goldson may be gone and Taylor Mays has yet to prove himself, so the Niners need to add some talent at safety.
First team All-MWC player who would give the Niners the backup center that they could have used this year, as well as a player who can fill in at guard if needed.
With Chilo Rachal's struggles and Eric Heitmann's age, this could be a very nice value pick.
Matthews would give San Francisco something that they have been lacking, a tall receiver who can go up and get the ball.
A good pass rusher with questions about his motivation. He responded at times to Charlie Strong's coaching but faded during the course of the season.
He's a good risk/reward value and the kind of guy that you use a seventh-round pick on and hope for the best.
May go undrafted after his drug arrest, but if the Niners draft a guy like Pat Devlin they would be well served to go get Mustain, who has experience in a pro-style offense and also has upside.