San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 2: 7 Rounds
San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 2: 7 Rounds
A few things have changed since the first edition of our seven-round San Francisco 49ers mock draft last week. Trent Baalke and Co. spent much of their time bringing in potential free-agent signings on the defensive side of the ball and ultimately ended up agreeing to multi-year contracts with defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, safety Craig Dahl and linebacker and special teams star Dan Skuta.
Each signing has the potential to provide immediate dividends, but don’t think the boost on defense will force the Niners’ brass to alter their draft focus. Depth across the entire defensive unit remains an issue, and it will likely be addressed early and often throughout draft weekend.
As you probably know by now, the 49ers are loaded with 14 selections in the 2013 NFL Draft. Many of them will likely be used as ammo to slide up into the earlier rounds or simply stockpile picks for 2014, but for now we’re going to execute our mock drafts as if they actually have 14 open roster spots to offer.
We’re looking for promising youngsters ready and willing to contribute to a winning team, and there are plenty to be had in what is yet another promising draft class. The Niners have pulled gems out of the middle and late rounds before, and you better believe they’ll do it again.
Teams that win consistently don’t have the luxury of spending loosely in free agency, so it’s imperative to make the most of each and every selection. In order to continue their reign of the NFC West and keep their hunt for the Lombardi Trophy going strong, the Niners have no choice but to continue stockpiling talent through the draft.
The following slides bring you the second edition of our seven-round San Francisco 49ers mock draft.
1st Round (31): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
I went with tight end Zach Ertz out of Stanford with the first pick last week, but I’m convinced the Niners' main focus in this draft will be defense. Rhodes is one of the bigger-bodied corners available in the draft (6’1”, 210 pounds) and possesses many other qualities SF covets in defensive backs. He’s big, quick, can cover and excels in run support. Sign this guy up.
2nd Round (34): Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Despite seeing the Niners land Dorsey, Williams remains my pick at No. 34 overall. A lack of depth across the D-line seemed to be exposed in 2012 and the unit lost both of its most capable nose tackles this winter. The monster out of Alabama is a beast in run defense and could wreak havoc on the interior for years to come.
2nd Round (61): Eric Reid, S, LSU
Dashon Goldson is officially gone, and even though the 49ers have added Dahl, the safety position will likely be addressed with one of the team’s first three picks. Reid’s impressive skill set makes him an intriguing option, and the Niners will surely be drawn in by his intangibles. The LSU product is a natural born leader and possesses a work ethic that fits right in with the Red and Gold.
3rd Round (74): Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Another defender with great intangibles, Jones could provide immediate depth at the DE position and potentially serve as the heir to an aging Justin Smith once his time is up in the NFL. The 6’3”, 283-pound D-lineman’s versatility is a welcome asset, too, and you’ll never catch him taking a play off. If he falls to 74, the Niners would love to scoop him up.
3rd Round (93): Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
He doesn’t exactly have the mauler’s mentality you’ll find in most 49ers’ O-linemen, but Jones has the fundamentals perfected and his football IQ is off the charts. Versatility is another asset, as the Alabama product seemed to dominate wherever he lined up. Durability is a concern, but the Niners can afford the gamble. Jonathan Goodwin doesn’t have much left and it doesn’t look like a future starter at center is currently on the roster.
4th Round: Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
With Delanie Walker headed to Tennessee, it appears the 49ers will address the tight end position at some point in the draft. A first round-caliber TE like Ertz or even Tyler Eifert would be preferable, but defense is a big priority and McDonald is a potential sleeper who should be available later on. He’s another injury-prone prospect, but would fit well given his ability both as a blocker and pass-catcher.
4th Round: Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
No change with this pick, as the Niners have to find some depth behind starting QB Colin Kaepernick and it’s likely to come through the draft. Scott made a name for himself in 2012 as Nick Foles’ successor at Arizona. He’s swift on his feet and could be molded into an efficient passer, which makes him a good project for QB guru Jim Harbaugh.
5th Round: Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State
Hopkins is another repeated pick from last week’s first mock draft. The Niners are doing an admirable job of spending their money wisely in free agency, and none of it has been on a kicker. Hopkins is arguably the top kicker in the draft and it’s probably only a matter of when, not if, San Fran will take him.
5th Round: Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
Even with the departure of Randy Moss, the Niners still have plenty of wideouts at their disposal. That said, too many late-round WR prospects find success at the NFL level for SF to keep bringing guys like Brett Swain and Joe Hastings back to camp each season. It’s time for fresh blood, and Hamilton is a hard-working prospect with solid tools and sleeper potential. He has good size and was productive at Arkansas, catching 90 passes for 1,335 yards in 2012.
6th Round: Quanterus Smith, DE/OLB, Western Kentucky
Smith tore his ACL late in the 2012 season, but racked up 12.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss before doing so. He’s a little undersized for a DE (6’4”, 250 pounds) but would make for a nice fit as a 3-4 OLB to spell the Niners’ starters, and his pass-rushing skills are a welcome sight.
7th Round: Jordan Rodgers, QB, Vanderbilt
The 49ers might have already traded away all four of their seventh-round selections before we get that far into draft weekend, but if they were indeed stuck with all 14 picks, they just might take two signal-callers. The brother of Aaron Rodgers, Jordan is a potential sleeper candidate who could battle it out with the previously drafted Scott for a roster spot this coming season.
7th Round: Broderick Brown, CB, Oklahoma State
Brown is seriously undersized for his position (5’7”, 183 pounds), but his play-making skills are enticing and the Niners would likely use a late-round pick to add more competition to the secondary. Honestly, size is about the only thing holding Brown back.
7th Round: Alec Lemon, WR, Syracuse
Like Hamilton, Lemon would be a nice late-round pickup to help raise the level of competition in camp. That’s typically what you’re looking for when drafting in the seventh round, right?
7th Round: Tanner Hawkinson, OT, Kansas
San Fran is surprisingly weak behind its starters at the offensive tackle position, with most of the reserves being better suited for depth on the interior. Hawkinson has a long way to go if he wants to be a starter at the NFL level, but he’s a hard worker and fierce competitor that could pan out if groomed properly.