San Francisco 49ers Mock Draft and Big Board: Updated Day 2 Predictions

Grant Cohn@@grantcohnFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2016

San Francisco 49ers Mock Draft and Big Board: Updated Day 2 Predictions

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    After spending Pick 7 on the top 3-4 defensive end in the draft, Oregon’s DeForest Buckner, the San Francisco 49ers traded Picks 37, 105 and 178 to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for Picks 28 and 249.

    And with the 28th pick, the 49ers drafted the top guard in the draft: Stanford’s Joshua Garnett.

    The 49ers own zero second-rounders, one third-rounder, one fourth-rounder, three fifth-rounders, three sixth-rounders and one seventh-rounder—nine picks in all.

    How should the Niners spend those picks? Which position should they target next? And when should they draft a quarterback?

    Follow along to find out.

Top-100 Big Board

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    This is a subjective ranking of the top 100 remaining players for San Francisco. This is not a ranking of the remaining top 100 players for every team. In this list, only the 49ers' needs are taken into consideration.

    For example, the Niners spent first-round picks on a defensive end and a guard. As such, it's highly unlikely San Francisco will draft another defensive end or guard in Round 3 or 4. That led to the downgrading of players in those positions.

    Here's the board.

    San Francisco 49ers Big Board
     Rank Player Position School
     1Reggie RaglandILB Alabama 
     2Myles Jack ILB UCLA 
     3Emmanuel Ogbah EDGE Oklahoma State 
     4Sterling Shepard WR Oklahoma 
     5Jason Spriggs OT Indiana 
     6Noah Spence EDGE Eastern Kentucky 
     7Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson 
     8Shilique Calhoun EDGE Michigan State 
     9Kevin Dodd EDGE Clemson 
     10Tyler Boyd WR Pittsburgh 
     11Chris Jones DT Mississippi State 
     12Jarran ReedDT Alabama 
     13Andrew Billings DT Baylor 
     14Cody Whitehair Kansas State 
     15A'Shawn Robinson DT Alabama 
     16Joe Thuney G/T North Carolina State 
     17Michael Thomas WR Ohio State 
     18Jonathan Bullard DT Florida 
     19Kalan Reed CB Southern Mississippi 
     20Hunter HenryTE Arkansas 
     21Nick Martin Notre Dame 
     22Su'a Cravens ILB/S USC 
     23Paul Perkins RB UCLA 
     24Kenneth Dixon RB Louisiana Tech 
     25Jeremy Cash ILB/SDuke 
     26Derrick Henry RB Alabama 
     27Austin Johnson DT Penn State 
     28Adolphus Washington DT Ohio State 
     29Jordan HowardRB Indiana 
     30Joshua Perry ILB Ohio State 
     31Darian Thompson Boise State 
     32Vonn Bell Ohio State 
     33Kyler Fackrell EDGE Utah State 
     34Justin Simmons Boston College
     35Leonte CarrooWR Rutgers 
     36Hassan Ridgeway DT Texas 
     37Cyrus Jones CB Alabama 
     38Kyle Murphy OT Stanford 
     39Shon Coleman OT Auburn 
     40Xavien Howard CB Baylor 
     41De'Vante Harris CB Texas A&M 
     42B.J. Goodson ILBClemson 
     43Nick KwiatkoskiILB West Virginia 
     44Carl Nassib EDGE Penn State 
     45Kamalei Correa EDGE Boise State 
     46Sheldon Day DT Notre Dame 
     47Jerell Adams TE South Carolina 
     48Michael Thomas WR Southern Mississippi 
     49Thomas Duarte TE UCLA 
     50Bronson KaufusiDT Brigham Young 
     51Javon HargraveDT South Carolina State 
     52Rashard Higgins WR Colorado State 
     53Isaac Seumalo Oregon State 
     54Christian Westerman Arizona State 
     55Keyarris Garrett WR Tulsa 
     56Maliek Collins DT Nebraska 
     57Alex CollinsRB Arkansas 
     58Ronald Blair DE Appalachian State 
     59Charone Peake WR Clemson 
     60Devontae Booker RB Utah 
     61Darius Latham DT Indiana 
     62Malcolm MitchellWR Georgia 
     63Will Redmond CB Mississippi State 
     64Devin Lucien WR Arizona State 
     65Jayron KearseClemson 
     66Kevin Peterson CBOklahoma State 
     67Braxton Miller WR Ohio State 
     68Steven Daniels ILB Boston College 
     69Kentrell Brothers ILB Missouri 
     70Jack Allen Michigan State 
     71Yannick Ngakoue EDGE Maryland 
     72Pharoah Cooper WR South Carolina 
     73Sean Davis S/CB Maryland 
     74Le'Raven Clark OT Texas Tech 
     75Kendall Fuller CB Virginia Tech 
     76C.J. ProsiseRB Notre Dame 
     77Joe Dahl G/T Washington State 
     78Austin Hooper TE Stanford 
     79Jerald Hawkins OT LSU 
     80Nick Vannett TE Ohio State 
     81Jordan Jenkins EDGE Georgia 
     82Jalen Mills CB LSU 
     83Caleb BenenochOT UCLA 
     84Jihad WardDT Illinois 
     85Charles TapperEDGE Oklahoma 
     86Jaylon SmithILB Notre Dame 
     87Kevin ByardFS Middle Tennessee 
     88Tyler Matakevich ILB Temple 
     89DeAndre Houston-Carson FS William & Mary 
     90Daniel Lasco RB Cal 
     91Dean Lowry DT Northwestern 
     92Kenyan Drake RB Alabama 
     93Miles Killebrew SS Southern Utah 
     94Zack SanchezCB Oklahoma 
     95Kenny Lawler WR Cal 
     96Willie Beavers OT Western Michigan 
     97Jordan Payton WR UCLA 
     98Vadal Alexander GLSU
     99Alex Lewis OT Nebraska 
     100Kevin Hogan QB Stanford 

Round 3

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    Round 3, Pick 68: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor

    The 49ers spent a first-round pick on a pass-rusher—Buckner from the University of Oregon. It’s time they drafted another player who will help the pass defense—Baylor cornerback Xavien Howard.

    Last season, opposing college quarterbacks targeted Howard 75 times and completed only 28 passes, according to the Pro Football Focus 2016 Draft Guide. That’s a completion percentage of just 37.3.

    Howard is a big cornerback—6’0” and 201 pounds—he’s terrific in man coverage and can tackle. That's a rare combination. He’s a perfect fit for the 49ers defense, which requires corners who can tackle and play press-man coverage.

Round 4

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    Round 4, Pick 133: Daniel Lasco, RB, Cal

    The 49ers spent their second first-round pick on a run-blocker—Stanford guard Garnett. In the fourth round, they should draft a running back Garnett can block for.

    Of course, Garnett could block for Carlos Hyde, one of the most talented running backs in the league. Hyde will be the Niners’ starter in 2016. But he could use a good backup. He has gotten injured and missed games each of his first two seasons in the NFL.

    Daniel Lasco also missed games through injury last season. But in 2014, he beat out quarterback Jared Goff for Cal’s team MVP Award and rushed for 1,115 yards and 12 touchdowns. Lasco and Hyde could keep each other healthy by splitting carries.

Round 5

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    Round 5, Pick 142: Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford

    The Denver Broncos traded up in Round 1 to take Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, which means they almost certainly won’t trade for 49ers signal-caller Colin Kaepernick.

    So Kaepernick will probably have to stay in Santa Clara, California, next season, allowing the Niners to wait until Day 3 to draft a quarterback. They don’t need someone who can start right away. They could choose to develop someone.

    Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan would be an ideal quarterback in that regard. He has a long throwing motion he could shorten as he spends a year on the sideline.

    Round 5, Pick 145: Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida

    Quinton Patton should get the first shot at replace Anquan Boldin in the San Francisco's starting lineup, but the Niners need another receiver in case Patton flops.

    Florida’s Demarcus Robinson is an extremely talented receiver who could fall to Day 3 because he failed drug tests in college. In Round 5, he would be a good risk to take. He would instantly become the 49ers’ most dangerous receiver after the catch.

    Round 5, Pick 174: Nick Vigil, ILB, Utah State

    The 49ers need a tough, run-stuffing, two-down linebacker to replace Chris Borland, who retired before the 2015 season.

    Utah State’s Nick Vigil is one of the best run-defending inside linebackers in the draft. Last season, he posted a run-stop percentage of 12.0—fifth-best in this class, according to the Pro Football Focus 2016 Draft Guide.

    Vigil may not be able to cover tight ends on third downs, but the 49ers could platoon him with 2015 second-round pick Jaquiski Tartt, the 49ers’ dimeback last season.

Round 6

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    Round 6, Pick 207: Dadi Lhomme Nicolas, OLB, Virginia Tech

    The Niners seem to want 2013 second-round pick Tank Carradine and 2015 third-round pick Eli Harold to compete for the starting outside linebacker spot opposite Aaron Lynch. That seems like a good plan, but San Francisco still needs another edge-rusher. You can never have enough edge-rushers.

    Virginia Tech’s Dadi Lhomme Nicolas is an explosive rusher, but he’s only 235 pounds. He may be too small to play on the edge in the NFL. If that's the case, the Niners could try him at inside linebacker.

    Round 6, Pick 211: Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson

    The 49ers should cover their bases and draft a safety just in case Eric Reid suffers his fourth concussion in the NFL.

    Kearse has the size (6’4” and 216 lbs) and speed (4.62 40-yard dash) the 49ers like their safeties to have, and he can play either safety position, which is important for San Francisco. The team uses safeties interchangeably, making Kearse a perfect fit.

    Round 6, Pick 213: Taveze Calhoun, CB, Mississippi State

    Cornerback may be the 49ers’ weakest position group. Their best corner, Tramaine Brock, is on the downside of his career and may not be with the team much past next season.

    The Niners should draft two corners, not just one. Mississippi State's Taveze Calhoun is a tough, competitive corner who gave up zero touchdown catches and picked off two passes in the SEC last season, according to the Pro Football Focus 2016 Draft Guide. The only knock on Calhoun is his speed; he ran a 4.58 40-yard dash at the combine.

Round 7

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    Round 7, Pick 249 (from Kansas City): Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina

    General manager Trent Baalke struck gold last year when he drafted tackle Trent Brown in Round 7. Why not draft another tackle in Round 7 this year?

    South Carolina’s Brandon Shell started four seasons in the SEC and is the nephew of Hall of Fame tackle Art Shell. His best fit in the NFL will be at right tackle because he’s powerful and has long, 34 ¾-inch arms.

    Shell could be the 49ers’ swing tackle and back up up both Brown and Joe Staley. He can play guard too. He does a bit of everything, similar to the former San Francisco offensive lineman Alex Boone.