In the third version of my San Francisco 49ers mock draft I am going to include trade possibilities. I will have the 49ers trading down once and trading up once. Let's see what they could do with the wealth of picks that they have in the last four rounds.
Admit it, the Jake Locker picture has you intrigued doesn't it?
With Patrick Peterson off of the board the Niners find a partner with whom they can trade back. Minnesota moves up to number seven to acquire Cam Newton.
In return, the 49ers receive the #12 overall pick this year, next year's second round pick and pick #173 this year.
I know that most of the Niner fans are going to hate this pick but it makes sense. Locker has good size, a good arm and has the speed that is ideal to run the west coast offense.
A year ago people were calling Jake Locker a right-handed version of Steve Young.
He has a couple of minor flaws in his mechanics but with a little work he could be ready to be the starter next year.
In round two the Niners get a very good OLB in Reed. He ran a 4.68 40-dash but what is impressive was his 10-yard split on 40 which was 1.54, which was faster than Von Miller or Robert Quinn.
That 10-yard time shows that he has good burst, which is more important than pure speed on the football field.
In the third round Dowling is a great value. He has a combination of size and speed that will allow him to cover all types of NFL receivers.
There are injury concerns, which is why he dropped here.
In this trade, the Niners send both of their fourth round picks (#107 and 114) to the Indianapolis Colts for their third round pick (#87 overall)
In Rodgers, San Francisco gains an immediate replacement for Brian Westbrook and maybe an eventual replacement for Frank Gore.
Jacquizz is small or he would have been a higher round pick. However, his body is built very solidly and he may be able to become a feature back in the league.
How can you not want a guy from Pennsylvania, who went to Pitt and who's last name ends in -ski to be your fullback? It just screams toughness!
He is not the fullback everyone wants—that would be Marecic—but he is a very good substitute. He blocks well and can catch the ball out of the backfield. The only thing that really separates Hynoski and Owen Marecic is that Marecic would likely be a better special teams player because of his experience playing defense in college.
Gurley had 42 catches this year at South Carolina and did not have a single drop. He also dropped weight from 230 lbs to 215.
With the added speed, good height at 6'4" and great hands, he will be a welcome addition to a receiving corp that had some crucial drops last year.
Gray has the perfect size frame to clog up the middle of a 3-4 defense. He also runs a surprisingly fast 5.08 40-yard dash, well fast for 325 lbs.
Maybe this pick shows my inner Al Davis, but I would take a flier on a CB who can run a 4.25 40-yard dash.
He is still raw according to scouts but he also still managed to have a productive career at Miami.
The Niners found a DT in the seventh round out of LSU in 2009 who has become a contributor (Ricky Jean Francois), so why not go for gold again.
Levingston was part of a great run stopping defense and would fit nicely in the defensive line rotation if Aubrayo Franklin does not return to the team.
You can call this my Mountain West conference homer pick, because he has been somewhere in each of my mock drafts.
Taylor is a 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.
Everyone has their favorite late round/rookie free agent player and mine this year is Mitch Mustain.
If the Niners draft Jake Locker then Alex Smith is unlikely to re-sign and they will only have David Carr left on the roster. Mustain would give them another option.
Coming out of High School he won the Gatorade, Parade Magazine and USA today player of the year awards.
Despite having little time on the field the last three years, he has experience in a pro-style offense and could be a capable back up QB right from the start.
Needless to say, I am going to keep mentioning him.