NFL Mock Draft 2011: Complete 7 Rounds for San Francisco '49ers
The 'Niners front office felt the need to pursue a big coach this offseason and they got their wish, making Jim Harbaugh one of the highest paid coaches in the league.
Harbaugh completely turned around the Stanford program and is credited for turning Andrew Luck into a once-in-a-generation quarterback.
Harbaugh will try to work his magic with the desperate 'Niners franchise.
He will have 11 draft picks to work with and in a weak division, the 'Niners could be favorites for winning it next year.
So, here's a seven-round mock of Jim Harbaugh's first draft.
Round 1 Pick 7: DE Nick Fairley
Many draft experts now believe Alabama's Marcel Dareus is likely to go ahead of Nick Fairley.
Fairley measured in at only 6'3'', 291 pounds, down from his expected 6'5'', 300 pounds.
He is still a beast in the trenches and showed in the National Championship game against Oregon that he could dominate the opposing offensive line.
Though Fairley played defensive tackle at Auburn, he also fits in the 3-4 as a defensive end.
Round 2 Pick 49: QB Jake Locker
Jim Harbaugh will be looking for "his guy" in the draft at quarterback.
Though Locker struggled in his senior year, Harbaugh had the chance to watch Locker up close.
Anyone could see Locker had almost no weapons or offensive line to work with it, one of the main reasons for his downfall.
Locker, though, is very mobile and could fit the West Coast System. Though he has accuracy issues, Locker can certainly work on that with Harbaugh.
Round 3 Pick 76: LB Sam Acho
Sam Acho recorded 60 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles in his senior season at Texas.
Acho's consistency and effort have been questioned, but his production is there.
He even had a sack in the Senior Bowl, beating the one of the top tackle prospects in the draft, Nate Solder.
Acho could provide the 'Niners a legitimate pass rushing linebacker.
He has the speed to move around as well, as he ran a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash.
Round 4 Pick 107: S Deunta Williams
Williams missed three games this past senior year, but he would have been one of the top safety prospects if he had declared last year.
Williams has 12 career interceptions at the University of North Carolina, and could play both free and strong safety.
The 'Niners may lose Dashon Goldson in free agency, so safety could be an important need.
Round 4 Pick 114: CB Rashad Carmichael
Rashad Carmichael has had 10 interceptions the past two seasons, including four this past season.
He performed very well at the Combine and with Nate Clements expected to be released, corner would be a spot to target.
Corners usually tend to fall, as evidenced in last year's draft, so Carmichael could be available in the mid-fourth round.
Round 5 Pick 137: NT Kendrick Ellis
Ellis though is a mammoth nose tackle at 350 pounds, but can also move, as he ran a respectable 5.20 at the Combine.
He could be a run stuffing defensive tackle and could come in and play first downs.
Ellis is very talented, but will fall because of work ethic concerns.
Round 6 Pick 168: WR Cecil Shorts III
Cecil Shorts III is projected to go anywhere between the fourth and sixth rounds.
Shorts is 6' and 200 pounds, and still ran a solid 4.5 at the Combine.
He could be the next big receiver to come out of Mount Union (Pierre Garcon).
Whoever quarterbacks San Francisco will need weapons on the outside, and Shorts could be a nice mid-round sleeper.
Round 6 Pick 185: OLB Thomas Keiser
Thomas Keiser was one of Harbuagh's players at Stanford.
He has potential especially at 6'5'', 255 pounds to be a stand-up outside linebacker, but needs to show more quickness and ability to drop in coverage.
Keiser, though, could be a solid situational pass rusher his first season.
Keiser recorded nine sacks last season.
Round 7 Picks 199 and 204: OT/OG Carl Johnson and CB/S Chris Culliver
Though Johnson was highly recruited, he struggled somewhat and has major character and injury issues.
Johnson, though, is 6'5'' and has 36 inch arms. He stands at a massive 360 pounds, but was a mauler as a run blocker.
Culliver can play both safety and corner. He missed most of last season, but is a solid press corner and could excel in the right defensive system.