The San Francisco 49ers are expected to use their extra picks to trade up in the first round, but let's play by the rules of our community mock draft.
The 49ers don't need any instant replacement players right now, but rather some pieces to develop and turn into starters in the future. This will probably be reflected in their picks.
One of the biggest issues in this coming season is the situation of Justin Smith. He's getting older and soon may not produce as well as he has the past few years. Add in the fact that 2013 is the final year of the six-year $45 million contract he has, and we may think it would be a smart thing for GM Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh to grab a defensive end in the first round.
There are many options on the market:
- Datone Jones - Would be my first guess, but he has already been selected by the Colts here.
- Margus Hunt - Also a good option. Although older than most of the other prospects (he will be turning 26 this year), he could make a difference for any team with his combination of size and athleticism.
- Cornellius Carradine - A good player, but lacks experience in a 3-4 and his torn ACL may be a problem.
On the offense, I don't think they need any "first-round quality" pieces, but maybe a tight end would be a plausible choice. Although Tyler Eifert's draft stock is higher, Zach Ertz would also be a good addition to the team, since he has already worked with Harbaugh in Stanford.
With all this in mind...
With the 31st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select Cornellius "Tank" Carradine.
Tank Carradine played right end in the Seminoles 4-3 defense, but that wouldn't be a problem in the 49ers 3-4 scheme - he has enough size and athleticism to be a good replacement for Justin Smith when needed. And if Carradine's ACL heals up fine, his pass rush abilities could be a fine alternative threat to Aldon Smith.
|1||Star Lotulelei||DT||Utah||[Link to pick]|
|2||Dion Jordan||DE/OLB||Oregon||[Link to pick]|
|3||Sharrif Floyd||DT||Florida||[Link to pick]|
|4||Dee Milliner||CB||Alabama||[Link to pick]|
|5||Eric Fisher||OT||Central Michigan||[Link to pick]|
|6||Luke Joeckel||OT||Texas A&M||[Link to pick]|
|7||Lane Johnson||OT||Oklahoma||[Link to pick]|
|8||Barkevious Mingo||OLB||LSU||[Link to pick]|
|9||Chance Warmack||OG||Alabama||[Link to pick]|
|10||Jonathan Cooper||OG||North Carolina||[Link to pick]|
|11||Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia||[Link to pick]|
|12||Xavier Rhodes||CB||Florida State||[Link to pick]|
|13||Ezekiel Ansah||DE||BYU||[Link to pick]|
|14||Cordarrelle Patterson||WR||Tennessee||[Link to pick]|
|15||Jarvis Jones||OLB||Georgia||[Link to pick]|
|16||Kenny Vaccaro||S||Texas||[Link to pick]|
|17||Tyler Eifert||TE||Notre Dame||[Link to pick]|
|18||Sheldon Richardson||DT||Missouri||[Link to pick]|
|19||Bjoern Werner||DE||Florida State||[Link to pick]|
|20||D.J. Fluker||OT||Alabama||[Link to pick]|
|21||Alec Ogletree||LB||Georgia||[Link to pick]|
|22||via||Eddie Lacy||RB||Alabama||[Link to pick]|
|23||Sylvester Williams||DT||North Carolina||[Link to pick]|
|24||Datone Jones||DE||UCLA||[Link to pick]|
|25||via||Geno Smith||QB||West Virginia||[Link to pick]|
|26||Johnathan Hankins||DT||Ohio State||[Link to pick]|
|27||Arthur Brown||LB||Kansas State||[Link to pick]|
|28||Matt Elam||S||Florida||[Link to pick]|
|29||Keenan Allen||WR||California||[Link to pick]|
|30||Desmond Trufant||CB||Washington||[Link to pick]|
|31||Cornellius Carradine||DE/OLB||Florida State||afbassi|