While writing mock drafts and reading them I have encountered a common comment, "That player won't be available at that spot." With this in mind I have decided to do a mock with alternate selections.
To answer one of the critiques before it even makes it to the comments. No, I do not want Sione Fua over Jerrell Powe. I like my nose tackles to have overwhelming size.
*Number of pick will change with addition of compensatory picks.
This has become a popular pick among the mock drafts. I think that the six teams before the 49ers would be crazy to pass on Peterson but it could happen if two QBs go in the top five.
Alternate to Peterson: Robert Quinn OLB North Carolina
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.
Alternate Pick: Johnny Patrick CB Louisville
At 6'2" and 335 pounds, Jerrell Powe is the big force in the middle that the Niners have been lacking. The 3-4 is most effective if you have a big guy who can clog up the middle.
Alternate Pick: Vincent Brown WR San Diego State
Murray's stock has fallen because NFL teams are not sure whether he can an every down back in the league. What he can do is compete immediately as a third down back. He is a good receiver and could eventually develop into the starting back. This pick assumes that Brian Westbrook will leave in free agency.
Alternate Pick: Jacquizz Rodgers RB Oregon St
Will have to acclimate himself to a pro style system but has good accuracy. This is not a great QB class so the Niners wait until the fourth to take a QB and get a guy like Devlin with good upside.
Alternate Pick: Cortez Allen CB Citadel
I actually prefer Henry Hynoski out of Pitt if he can be had in the sixth but I think there is a good chance that Harbaugh takes his guy at this spot. What he will provide that Hynoski would not is a versatile special teams player because of his background as a linebacker. In any case, San Francisco needs an upgrade at the fullback position.
Alternate Pick: Greg McElroy QB Alabama
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.
Alternate Pick: Ryan Whalen WR Stanford
For the second pick in the sixth round the Niners take Saunders who would be a much higher pick if he did not have injury and off of the field issues. He is not going to be a big time receiving threat at the TE position but he has the size to block and has good hands. He would be a valuable weapon on short yardage downs and in the red zone.
Alternate Pick: Lazarius Levingston DE LSU
I have put Taylor in every mock so far so why stop here. He fills a need as a backup center and could fill in at guard if Chilo Rachal continues to struggle.
Alternate Pick: Ryan Bartholomew C Syracuse
With the Niners drafting Devlin earlier in the draft they take Mustain in the seventh who is a more pro ready QB. This gives them insurance should whichever veteran they bring in to compete with Devlin should go down.
Mustain is my favorite late round player. He has underrated athleticism and was one of the most highly touted QBs coming out of high school. You can knock him for not winning the starting job at USC but like Matt Cassel he was behind future pros.
If nothing else, this is a player you could develop and trade later on for a high draft pick.
Alternate Pick: Will Hill FS Florida