2011 NFL Mock Draft: 49ers Full 7 Rounds with Compensatory Picks
With a month until the draft, more mock drafts are being published. Without any players being considered "locks" for a specific team, mocks are very intriguing.
The San Francisco 49ers are looking for a franchise quarterback, though there are no guarantees they will find or even pursue one during the draft.
It is possible the Niners will look to the new CBA to trade for or sign a veteran to take snaps next year.
That being said, there are needs on both sides of the ball that will be addressed and hopefully solved.
Let's take a look at my third 49er mock draft.
First Round, 7th Overall: CB Patrick Peterson, LSU
Is this pick wishful thinking? Maybe.
However, if I could have my choice of a player to drop it would be Von Miller.
This simply because an elite rush linebacker will have more of an every-down impact in Vic Fangio's already expressed blitz-heavy defense then an elite corner.
If Patrick Peterson were to fall, I won't be one to complain.
Peterson presents a need and value pick.
Blaine Gabbert, Robert Quinn and Prince Amukamara all seem to be popular choices for seventh overall when Peterson is not available.
I'm an outspoken skeptic of Gabbert.
Quinn will be outstanding as a 4-3 end; however as a 3-4 rush linebacker he would be a reach at seven.
Prince is a safe backup option and could be great in run support and has shutdown potential.
All Niners fans are praying for a Peterson drop, and now more than ever it seems most realistic.
Second Round, 45th Overall: OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA
Another pick where the 49ers become opportunists and jump on a player whose stock is sliding.
A mix of need and best player available, Akeem Ayers is a player in the Manny Lawson mold who is a bit raw, but can be coached up to become a pro bowler.
You may ask why the Niners might want to draft a player similar to Lawson after he failed to become the dominate pass rusher we hoped he would.
For one, Lawson is a free agent.
Lawson is one of the best all-around outside linebackers in the league, though he is not recognized for it.
If he leaves whenever free agency begins, the 49ers will be hurt because no other linebacker on the roster possesses the coverage skills Lawson has.
Ayers if coached up can become a dominant force, though due to a poor combine and the recent rise of Arizona OLB Brooks Reed, Ayers may wind up still on the board during the second round.
Third Round, 76th Overall: NT Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss
Jerrell Powe will be drafted to replace Aubrayo Franklin, who is free to walk whenever free agency begins.
Sione Fua could be the pick here because Fangio and Harbaugh are already familiar with him, and ultimately it will be up to their choice who the better player is.
However, Pete Carroll demonstrated last year that former college coaches do not have the loyalties to former players during the draft.
Powe could be a steal here after at one time being considered a second-round prospect before a disappointing season.
Three straight defensive picks and no quarterback selected may not sit well with some readers, but I don't think the organization is looking to draft any of these prospects.
Fourth Round, 108th Overall: WR Edmund Gates, Abilene Christian
Edmund Gates likely will not last this long because every team is looking for the next DeSean Jackson or Mike Wallace.
If he is on the board, however, the Niners will select him to give the offense that explosiveness it clearly lacked and Mike Singletary apparently didn't find necessary.
I think the 49ers will select a receiver with one of their fourth-rounders barring that they haven't to that point.
If Gates is not available the Niners should look at Terrance Toliver, Vincent Brown, Greg Little or Greg Salas.
Any of these wide outs would be a great value pick if available at 108th overall.
Fourth Round, 115th Overall: FB Owen Marecic, Stanford
Jim Harbaugh's first pick from Stanford.
Recent opinion seems to be that Stanley Havili might be a better selection for San Francisco. The upside Marecic has as a special teams player wins him over for my preference.
Harbaugh has stressed the importance of fullbacks and tight ends in his version of Bill Walsh's West Coast offense.
With Vernon Davis becoming elite, Delanie Walker as a solid understudy and Nate Byham as a promising blocker, the tight end roster seems set.
No one seems to back Moran Norris these days, so there is a need and Marecic is a pretty solid pick as far as value and need are concerned.
I would have preferred the Niners to have made a strong push for Le'Ron McClain had there been a free agency period, but the draft will now have to be the landing spot for Harbaugh's new (well maybe old in Marecic's case) fullback.
Fifth Round, 141st Overall: RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State
The 49ers have needed a change of pace back for a few years now.
Brian Westbrook was brought in for what seemed to be this role, though Mike Singletary's ignorance proved Westbook just to be a backup.
The 49ers have ties to this pick because Rodgers' running backs coach, Reggie Davis, was brought into the organization for Harbaugh's staff.
Rodgers is 5'5" but did not fumble the ball once between carries and receptions, so if available in the fifth round, Rodgers would be a safe pick.
Sixth Round, 174th Overall: CB Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State
Chimdi Chekwa has potential to be a nickel corner in this league in my opinion.
He ran a 4.33 40 and at 6'0" he certainly has the size and speed to make it on the next level.
After Chekwa went down in the Sugar Bowl, there was something missing in Ohio State's defense.
Chekwa has potential, and if coached up and can stay healthy, can prove to be a great pick.
Sixth Round, 190th Overall: QB Patrick Devlin, Delaware
Alas, a quarterback for the Niners in my mock. I am well-prepared for your opinions to be voiced on this so please do.
As a long time fan of Devlin, this could be a great pick.
Next Tom Brady? No.
Low-risk pick who will be a project for Harbaugh and could become a starter? Yes.
With so many late-round picks if Devlin is awful and doesn't even make it out of camp, in my opinion its still a sixth-round pick spent well.
Devlin's accuracy is what Harbuagh is looking for; however his play resembles that of a very unpopular former 49er quarterback whose initials are A.S....
Seventh Round, 210th Overall: K Kai Forbath, UCLA
The 49ers have reportedly worked out Kai Forbath.
Joe Nedney is old and Jeff Reed may or may not be re-signed.
Forbath was excellent during his junior year; he was projected to be selected as high as the fourth round.
An extremely disappointing senior year has plagued him on some boards out of the top five placekickers.
If Forbath can get his mojo back, he can be a great replacement for Nedney if Reed isn't re-signed; however he could also be a Nick Folk.
Seventh Round, 211th Overall: C Chase Beeler, Stanford
Eric Heitmann went down last year, and some speculate that he may never return to the same playing level.
David Baas was pretty good in replacing Heitmann though he is a free agent, and though it seems he will be brought back, the organization knows better then you or I, so a center could be taken in the earlier rounds if they fear he will leave.
Beeler snapped the ball for Harbaugh at Stanford, so a familiar face could be brought in if Harbaugh thinks he can transcend to the next level.
Seventh Round, 241st Overall: WR Armon Binns, Cincinnati
The Niners add another receiver in hopes to get a decent player in the last round.
Binns ran a 4.5 40 at 6'3", so he has the physical tools to make it on the next level and a seventh-round pick seems fair value for him.
Seventh Round, 252nd Overall: G Joel Figueroa, Miami
Figueroa has a low grade, but has the size to be an NFL guard.
Probably a career backup, Figueroa is a long shot to make it out of the practice squad.
Any seventh-round pick is a good pick because they just usually aren't any good outside of the kicker or punter position.