NFL Draft 2011: San Francisco 49ers' 7-Round Mock 5.0 With Compensatory Picks
I was going to hold off for a bit on the mock drafts but the compensatory picks were announced, giving me two more seven round picks to work with.
Also, the pick numbers will now be official. Any trades made are calculated by the Jimmy Johnson trade chart. It isn't what every teams uses but it is fairly common.
I will also put secondary options if the player is not available.
Trade Back Scenario
The Niners trade the number seven pick to Minnesota who drafts Blaine Gabbert.
San Francisco receives the twelfth pick in 2011, the 106th pick (fourth round), and Minnesota's second round pick next year.*
The Vikings do this trade to get Gabbert before the Tennessee Titans. The Niners gain a second round pick in next year's draft that they can use go up and get Andrew Luck next year.
*Teams typically value a pick in a subsequent draft as being approximately the same as one round lower. Hence a second in next year's draft in worth a third.
Round One, Pick Twelve: Cameron Jordan DE California
Harbaugh and Baalke buck the Niner's recent trend of passing up on talented first round picks out of Cal. Jordan helps not only solidify the DE position across from Justin Smith but also adds to the pass rush. He also becomes the eventual replacement for Smith who will be 32 early in the season.
Alternate Pick: JJ Watt DE Wisconsin
Round Two, Pick 45: Davon House CB New Mexico State
House recently ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at his pro day solidifying his position in the second round. He is very good in press coverage and in addition to being fast is very physical with receivers.
Alternate Pick: Bruce Carter OLB North Carolina (some question whether he can play OLB in the 3-4 but I think he can and if not he can compete with Navorro Bowman at ILB. Either way they could get a first round talent in the second.)
Round Three, Pick 76: Dontay Moch OLB Nevada
The speed, yet undersized Moch will be a welcome addition to a OLB corp that may become a little thin if Manny Lawson leaves in free agency. He is raw, but his speed should allow him to contribute to the pass rush immediately.
Having Thaddeus Gibson on the roster allows the Niners to wait until the third to address OLB.
Alternate Pick: Shareece Wright CB USC
Round Four, Pick 106: Kenrick Ellis NT Hampton
Even if it was at the Division 1AA level, you have to be impressed with a defensive lineman who had 30 tackles for losses over his junior and senior years. He also has great athleticism for his size (6'5" 336lbs) and would fit in perfectly as a NT in the 3-4.
Ellis has some off the field issues (reportedly failed drug tests at South Carolina) and there are some questions about his work ethic but that is why such a talent falls to the fourth round.
Alternate Pick: Owen Marecic FB Stanford
Round Four, Pick 108: Traded to Washington
Without a fourth round pick, the Redskins trade the 49ers a third round pick in next years draft to obtain #108 overall. The Redskins draft Terrence Tolliver WR LSU in that spot.
Round Four, Pick 115: DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma
Murray has been criticized as running too high and has had some injury issues. The same things were also said of former Sooner running back Adrian Peterson (not that Murray is as good).
I also think it is time that the Niners start finding someone to take some of Frank Gore's carries to limit the wear on his body. With Gore, Murray and Dixon the 49ers would have a 1-2-3 punch that many teams are going to in today's NFL.
Alternate Pick: Ian Williams NT Notre Dame
Round Five, Pick 140: Henry Hynoski FB Pittsburgh
I know many of you are going to disagree with this pick because you want Owen Marecic, but I feel that Hynoski is as good of a FB as Marecic but can be had in the fifth round instead of the fourth. Either way, San Francisco needs an upgrade at fullback.
Alternate Pick: Cortez Allen CB Citadel
Round Six, Pick 173: Chris Rucker FS Michigan State
A corner who will likely be converted into a safety is exactly what the 49ers need next to Taylor Mays and his hard hitting ability. His versatility as a CB/S will also be useful if Dashon Goldson is not resigned.
Alternate Pick: Thomas Keiser OLB Stanford
Round Six, Pick 190: DeAndre Brown WR Southern Mississippi
After a freshman year where Brown had over 1,000 yard receiving and 12 TDs people were talking about him as the next Randy Moss. His sophomore year he broke his leg and never seemed to be the same.
His 6'6" size would make him a valuable tool in the red zone and if he could overcome injuries, he could be the steal of this draft.
Alternate Pick: Ryan Whalen WR Stanford
Round Seven, Pick 210: Mitch Mustain QB USC
Without having a QB picked so far, the Niners use their first pick to take Mustain. In addition to being a highly touted recruit, Mustain has also worked in a pro style offense and has versatility as a kick holder and punter (yes, I said punter. He practiced and learned to punt at USC).
He has a good arm and good size and the only time he has had the opportunity to play (his freshman year at Arkansas) he had been productive.
Alternate Pick: Nathan Enderle QB Idaho
Round Seven, Pick 215: Traded to Tennessee
The Niners trade away another pick to gain the Tennessee Titans 6th round pick in 2012. Who needs four seventh rounders?
The Titans take UCLA DT David Carter
Round Seven, Pick 238: Zane Taylor G/C Utah
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
Round Seven, Pick 249: Trevis Turner OT Abilene Christian
With no picture of Turner, I put up another Abilene Christian product, Johnny Knox.
Turner is a massive tackle prospect, 6'7" 342, but could use a year on a practice squad to get ready for the NFL.
Alternate Pick: Brandon Saine RB Ohio State
Yes, I am aware I didn't take a QB until the seventh round.
I see this as a scenario where San Francisco is preparing themselves for an all out effort to get Andrew Luck in 2012. I have them getting an extra second, third and sixth round pick. In addition they may gain extra compensatory picks if Aubrayo Franklin, Manny Lawson and Dashon Goldson are allowed to leave in free agency.
Is this likely? Maybe not, but who would have thought that the Niners would not pick a QB in the 2010 draft?