San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: 7 Rounds
San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: 7 Rounds
The San Francisco 49ers added two new players via free agency since our last seven-round mock draft, signing veteran kicker Phil Dawson and wide receiver Marlon Moore. The recent moves may alter Trent Baalke and Co.’s draft strategy to a slight degree, but the overall theme should remain the same: Defense.
Aside from the search for a No. 2 tight end, depth on offense is not much of an issue. Depth on defense, however, is. And if a potential starter at the cornerback and free safety positions can be had, San Fran will likely jump at the chance.
That’s why these mocks have been and will continue to be centered around the defensive side of the ball. At least in the early rounds. The NFL draft never unfolds the way we think it will, but it’s no secret the Niners’ defense wore down late last season and it ultimately served as one of the main reasons they fell just short of becoming Super Bowl champions for the sixth time in franchise history.
Truth be told, this team obviously doesn’t have many holes. Jim Harbaugh’s crew is 24-7-1 in the regular season since he took over as head coach in 2011, and the roster is stocked full of talent regardless of what happens in this year’s draft.
Fortunately for them, the Niners have 14 picks, though they surely won’t be drafting 14 players. Calls will be placed, trades will be made, and San Fran will either trade up, trade down or even exchange selections for next year’s draft on more than one occasion.
But for now, as we’ve been doing, we’re mock drafting as if there are actually 14 picks to be made. And with that, here’s our seven-round San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL mock draft for week 3.
1st Round (31): Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
I went with Xavier Rhodes out of Florida State a week ago, but upon further review, it seems highly unlikely he’ll fall all the way to the 31st pick. Banks is another rangy defensive back (6’2”, 185 pounds) with better speed than his NFL combine 40-yard dash time (4.61) suggests. He has excellent ball skills, is effective in run defense and handled SEC receivers impressively during his four seasons at Mississippi State.
2nd Round (34): Zach Ertz - Stanford
It’ll be interesting to see how the Niners handle the need to replace Delanie Walker, and I’m somewhat convinced they’ll bite on a guy like Ertz in the early rounds. I had him going at No. 31 in the first edition of this mock, but he should be around at No. 34 overall as well.
2nd Round (61): Eric Reid, S, LSU
Reid is probably the one pick I'll be sticking with until draft day. He fits what the 49ers need in a free safety so well. His 6'1, 213-pound frame allows him to handle any size receiver in the secondary and he plays with an impressive level of intensity that will surely be welcome in San Fran. He'll just need a little coaching to learn that too much aggressiveness at the wrong time can get his defense into deep trouble.
3rd Round (74): Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson
I went with Goodman in the original mock and have decided to go back to him again. I like Datone Jones out of UCLA a bit more, but his stock has skyrocketed of late and I'm not sure the Niners will get their hands on him without trading up or selecting him with an earlier pick. Goodman has the potential to be an every-down starter, but will need a little developing first.
3rd Round (93): Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
The addition of Jones, who I had in this spot last week, gives the Niners depth on the interior of the O-line and potentially provides them with a future starter at the center position. The Alabama product has great football smarts and is as fundamentally sound as they come.
4th Round (128): Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
The Niners may not wait this long to grab a defensive tackle, but the immediate need for a No. 2 TE changes things up a bit. Logan was part of a dominant front line at LSU and has a chance to be a starter at the NFL level given his high motor and dedication to the game. For now, he could provide depth on the interior of the defensive line in San Francisco while he develops.
4th Round (131): Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
This pick hasn't changed and likely won't anytime soon. The Niners' search for depth behind QB Colin Kaepernick will likely begin during the middle rounds of the draft, and Scott seems like a great project for Harbaugh.
5th Round (157): Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State
Despite the signing of Dawson, who was only brought in on a one-year deal, I still think San Fran drafts a kicker at some point. The best one available is Hopkins, and I'm sure the Niners are going to have their eye on him at some point.
5th Round (164): Ace Sanders, WR/KR, South Carolina
A slow 40-yard dash at the combine has folks doubting just how fast Sanders really is, but I wouldn’t put too much stock into that. The South Carolina product excelled as a punt returner for the Gamecocks and the Niners would probably like to add competition to the return game with one of their many picks in this year’s draft. That said, he would likely have to show some promise as a capable WR in order to make the team.
6th Round (180): Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
Wisconsin offensive linemen entering the draft usually do so with much more hype than Wagner, but he’s more athletic and mobile than given credit for. The 49ers’ depth at the offensive tackle position is also basically non-existent with Alex Boone now the team’s starting right guard. He’s a solid run blocker and probably underrated as a projected late-round pick.
7th Round (227): Quanterus Smith, DE/OLB, Western Kentucky
Smith is a stud from a small school who is coming off an ACL tear and his stock will suffer because of it. San Fran doesn't have much proven depth at OLB outside of Parys Haralson, who missed all of 2012, and may choose to add some competition late in the draft.
7th Round (237): Duke Williams, S, Nevada
Another depth addition for defense who could probably make a few NFL squads, just not this one. Honestly, though, do you expect any seventh-round choice to crack the 49ers 53-man roster? Could be a potential practice squad candidate, though.
7th Round (246): Brodrick Brown, CB, Oklahoma State
Brown is extremely undersized and that doesn't make him much of an exciting pick, but his ball skills and play-making abilities are intriguing and, well, there won't be much left to choose from at this point.
7th Round (252): Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
Your guess is as good as mine in regards to who San Fran will take with its final pick of the draft. I’m going to go with Davis, a talented yet oft-injured RB out of Arkansas. Davis ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at the combine and is determined to prove doubters he can succeed at the next level.
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