2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players San Francisco 49ers Should Target With 30th Pick

2014 NFL Draft: 5 1st Round Target For San Francisco 49ers

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Arguably the most dominant team in the NFL over the last 3 seasons, the San Francisco 49ers have played in 3 consecutive NFC Championship games.

However, with zero Super Bowl rings to show for it, the 49ers will continue to seek improvement as the 2014 offseason continues. San Francisco has specific areas of need and will look to bolster their depth in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Here are 5 players San Fran should keep their eye on come May 8.

5. WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr, LSU
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5. WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr, LSU
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Likely to still be around at the end of the first round, speedy LSU wideout Odell Beckham Jr. could give San Francisco another offensive playmaker. Beckham had a great career catching passes for the Tigers as well as returning punts and kicks. In 2013, he registered 59 catches, 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns with LSU. Beckham has a successful history running down deep throws and working in the slot. He would be a great addition in 2014.

4. CB Jason Verrett

Jason Verrett, TCU
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4. CB Jason Verrett

Jason Verrett, TCU
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On the defensive side of the ball, the 49ers' only immediate need is at cornerback. San Fran's defensive secondary was solid overall but periodically broke down, allowing deep, bailout completions. With Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown both gone, TCU corner Jason Verrett would be a solid addition in 2014. Verrett lacks height, but he showed tremendous speed and athleticism at this year's combine.

3. DT Ra'Shede Hageman

Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota
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3. DT Ra'Shede Hageman

Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota
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It's hard to ignore the combination of sheer size and athleticism Ra'Shede Hageman could bring to an NFL front line.
At 6-foot-6 and 311-pounds, the giant Hagemen was a third-team All-American selection and first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2013. A converted tight end, Hageman doesn't fill a present gap in San Francisco, but he could spell veteran Justin Smith and look to take over for the aging Smith as the 49ers' future line stuffer.

2. CB Bradley Roby

Bradley Roby, Ohio State
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2. CB Bradley Roby

Bradley Roby, Ohio State
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By pick 30, if Jason Verrett isn't available, it's likely that Ohio State corner Bradley Roby will be or vice-versa. Roby almost mirrors Verrett's speed and has great strength for a corner. He's known for getting physical with wideouts in press coverage and laying a big hit from time to time as well. Roby had eight interceptions in parts of three seasons with the Buckeyes and has all the tools to be a great corner in the NFL.

1. WR Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
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1. WR Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
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While it might be wishful thinking for the 49ers to expect Oregon State wideout Brandin Cooks to be available at pick 30, it's worth thinking about. Cooks ran the quickest 40-yard dash as well as the quickest 20 and 60 yard shuttles at this year's combine. His speed is unreal and led to 128 catches, 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2013. Cooks would fit perfectly as a slot receiver, and big play threat for San Fran in 2014.


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