San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 4: 7 Rounds

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San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 4: 7 Rounds

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We've finally hit April, which means the 2013 NFL Draft is less than a month away. The San Francisco 49ers now have one less selection (13 instead of 14) after trading for quarterback Colt McCoy, and also signed free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

As much as it may seem like the two additions will affect Trent Baalke and Co.'s draft strategy, our weekly mock draft hasn't been altered much at all. Neither McCoy or Asomugha, who will be paid just $1.35 million in 2013, will be guaranteed anything but a trip to training camp, so the Niners may very well decide they should continue adding to these positions through the draft.

Let's think back to last year's draft. San Fran had already signed wide receivers Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, yet still drafted A.J. Jenkins with its first round pick. As it turned out, Jenkins wasn't needed in 2012, but I wouldn't overlook him this season.

The 49ers bring in free agents for the now, and draft rookies for the future. The Asomugha signing could be huge for this team, but if he plays well in 2013, he'll likely cash in somewhere else for 2014 and beyond. If he doesn't play well, I can't imagine he'll be re-signed.

The Niners had little reason to rush their rookies into action a year ago and we could see a similar scenario unfold in 2013 as well. That said, don't be surprised if they stockpile players at skill positions where there is already plenty of competition in place.

Because of that, my mock draft hasn't changed much from last week's edition. Go ahead, see for yourself.

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1st Round (31): Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

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Banks was the first-round selection a week ago, and I'm going to stick with him despite the addition of Asomugha. He may not see much early playing time but has a lot to like and could easily become a vital piece of this team's future.

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2nd Round (34): Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

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Another pick from last week, Ertz would be joining the Niners with hopes of becoming the No. 2 TE behind Vernon Davis. In San Francisco, that's basically a starting spot; something the Stanford product is fully capable of handling.

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2nd Round (61): Eric Reid, S, LSU

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I haven't strayed from Reid since the first weekly mock and won't do it now. The Niners seem to be fond of the LSU product and could see him as an immediate starter at free safety.

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3rd Round (74): Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia

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It seems crazy to think Jenkins would slip this far, but one-dimensional defensive tackles don't hold a ton of value in the draft, and it's starting to show. If he falls, the Niners would gladly add him to their D-line and use the big guy in run-stopping situations.

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3rd Round (93): Barrett Jones, C, Alabama

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Jones’ versatility and football smarts make him an interesting pick for the Niners, who don’t have a sure-fire successor to center Jonathan Goodwin (free agent after 2013) and could use the offensive line depth.

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4th Round: Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford

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Another depth addition for the defense, Thomas is a little slow for his position but is a high energy guy that displays excellent instincts.

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4th Round: Matt Scott, QB, Arizona

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You can never have enough competition at any position, especially at quarterback. I like Scott because he has a nice combination of size and mobility. I have a feeling Harbaugh will like him, too.

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6th Round: Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State

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Another team may get to Hopkins before this pick, but you never know with kickers. If he falls, San Fran could take him let him hang around for a season while Phil Dawson handles kicking duties in 2013.

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6th Round: Ace Sanders, WR/PR, South Carolina

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I’m sticking with Sanders as well, who is an excellent punt returner and could eventually find ways to contribute outside of special teams.

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6th Round: Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin

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Wisconsin O-lineman have a habit of panning out in the NFL, and Wagner might just be worth the late-round risk. Depth at the tackle positions definitely qualifies as a need for the 49ers as well.

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7th Round: Duke Williams, S, Nevada

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I like Williams as a potential practice squad candidate should the 49ers actually wind up with this many players in the draft. We know they won't, but it's fun to mock as if they will.

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7th Round: Joseph Fauria, TE, UCLA

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I like Fauria as a late-round pick simply because, at 6’8”, 259 pounds, he’s a major mismatch creator in the secondary. Tight end is another position that Baalke and Co. may load up on in the draft.

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7th Round: Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas

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Why not Knile Davis? He's determined to prove he can make it in the NFL, and the Niners seem to be operating under the philosophy that you can never have enough speed at offensive skill positions.


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