San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 1: 7 Rounds
After another wildly successful season that saw them fall just short of the ultimate goal, the San Francisco 49ers have now directed their focus toward free agency, and more importantly, the 2013 NFL Draft.
Mock drafts are all the rage these days, and lucky for you, Rant Sports will have a full seven-round mock for the 49ers each and every week as we move closer to draft weekend. San Fran is currently equipped with 14 picks in all (though that has the potential to change as each day passes), so that means 14 mock selections for your viewing pleasure.
The Niners currently feature a roster laden with All-Pro-caliber talent and just added another impact performer in WR Anquan Boldin, so the odds of 14 prospects sticking with the squad out of training camp are slim to none. With that said, you can expect Trent Baalke and Co. to use their surplus of selections to move up and grab players they are particularly fond of.
Also, don’t be shocked to see them cough up a couple of this year’s picks in an effort to stockpile more for next year. But, until a trade has actually been made, we’ll base this mock draft off of the 14 they currently hold.
The selections for the first three rounds will be numbered, but four of the Niners 14 picks are expected to be compensatory selections and it is not yet known where those will fall into place. So with that, here is your Week 1 edition of the San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL Mock Draft.
1st Round (31): TE Zach Ertz, Stanford Cardinal
Delanie Walker, the backup to Vernon Davis, is a free agent this year and may not return to the team if he finds starter’s money elsewhere. Ertz is an excellent pass-catching tight end that caught 69 passes for 698 yards and six touchdowns with Stanford as a junior. His blocking could use some work, but he gives QB Colin Kaepernick yet another weapon to make the offense that much more dynamic.
2nd Round (34): DT Jesse Williams, Alabama Crimson Tide
The top two nose tackles on the 49ers roster from 2012 are now free agents, so if the position isn’t addressed in the first round, it likely will be here. Williams has the size (6’4”, 320 pounds) and motor to become the Niners run-stuffing nose tackle for years to come. He plays with great pad level and should be able to eat up defenders on the regular, allowing SF’s pair of All-Pro inside linebackers to diagnose plays with little resistance.
2nd Round (61): S Eric Reid, LSU Tigers
It’s looking more and more like free safety Dashon Goldson won’t be back for the 2013 season, so a future replacement is a must. Reid looks like a mid-to-late second round option with great ball skills and the size to bring versatility to the secondary. The LSU product had a great collegiate career and looks to extend his success into the NFL with San Francisco.
3rd Round (74): CB David Amerson, N.C. State Wolfpack
Amerson falling to the third round may be a slight stretch, but crazier things have happened. A lack of instinctiveness in the secondary could cause him to slip, but his ball skills are up there with the best in this class at the cornerback position. He’s a big-bodied DB with plenty of versatility.
3rd Round (93): DE Malliciah Goodman, Clemson Tigers
In an effort to add depth to the defensive end position, the 49ers are getting a fine physical specimen here in Goodman that simply needs some refinement to his game. He has the tools to do what San Fran asks of its DEs in a 3-4 defense and may be a future starter if the coaching staff can touch up his mechanics and help him find that extra gear on every snap.
4th Round: C Khaled Holmes, USC Trojans
Starting center Jonathan Goodwin has only one year left on his contract and likely won’t return after the 2013 season. While there are potential replacements already on the roster, none seem too promising at this time. Holmes had a successful career at USC and brings the toughness and work ethic that the Niners love to see in their new additions.
4th Round: QB Matt Scott, Arizona Wildcats
With Alex Smith headed to Kansas City, it’s no secret the 49ers must now find themselves a backup QB. Scott’s draft stock is rising quick, so he may not fall this far, but I love his mobility and ability to make quick-strike throws. If the team doesn’t sign a veteran free agent to back up Kaepernick, it’s unlikely they’ll wait much further than this selection to add depth.
5th Round: WR Marquess Wilson, Washington State Cougars
Even with Boldin on board and last year’s first-round pick A.J. Jenkins hoping to work his way into playing time soon, San Fran could elect to grab a WR or two late in this draft. At 6’4”, 183 pounds, Wilson brings size and underrated speed (4.53 40-yard dash) that could help the Niners stretch the field. It’s not a necessity in their offense, but wouldn’t hurt considering Kaepernick’s arm is certainly capable of getting the ball to a deep threat like this.
5th Round: K Dustin Hopkins, Florida State Seminoles
Hopkins was a beast at Florida State and the Niners need a replacement for recently released kicker David Akers. He’s accurate and has a big enough leg to step in and start immediately should Hopkins fall this far in the draft. He’s the top-rated kicker in his class, so there’s a chance he’s gone.
6th Round: WR Alec Lemon, Syracuse Orange
I don’t see the Niners drafting two wideouts this year, but we’re dealing with 14 total picks here. Lemon was a 1,000-yard receiver in his final season with the Orange and could become a practice squad-type project for San Francisco in 2013.
7th Round: LB Michael Mauti, Penn State Nittany Lions
Injuries are a huge concern and are killing Mauti’s draft stock, but the versatile linebacker was a beast at Penn State when healthy and there is hardly any risk at all for the 49ers by taking him with their first pick of the seventh and final round.
7th Round: S Duke Williams, Nevada Wolfpack
Williams has shown promise as a playmaker in the secondary and was a second-team All-Mountain Conference selection in 2012 with Nevada. Maybe that doesn’t sound like much, but the pickings are mighty slim at this point in the draft.
7th Round: QB Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt Commodores
Could the Niners take Jordan Rodgers after passing up on brother Aaron Rodgers with the 1st overall pick in the 2005 draft? Wouldn’t that be something. This is obviously a luxury pick intended to add competition to the quarterback position for training camp. It’s simply not realistic to expect any seventh rounder to make the team out of camp, but someone could surprise.
7th Round: DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Lewis-Moore may not even be selected in the draft after tearing his ACL in the BCS National Championship Game, but there’s a slight chance he could be healthy enough to participate in camp and the versatile D-lineman is determined to continue his career at the NFL level.