2014 NFL Draft: 5 San Francisco 49ers Rumors You Need to Know

2014 NFL Draft: 5 San Francisco 49ers Rumors You Need to Know

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The San Francisco 49ers will enter May's draft seeking a few missing pieces to equip them for a run at the franchise's sixth Super Bowl title. Here are five rumors surrounding the club as the draft approaches.

5. 49ers Will Draft More Redshirt Prospects

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5. 49ers Will Draft More Redshirt Prospects

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On a team as talented as the 49ers, there isn't much need for immediate impact players. Thus, they have the luxury of stockpiling the roster with projects. During last year's draft, San Francisco nabbed essential redshirt players Marcus Lattimore, Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial. This May, an injured prospect like Clemson guard Brandon Thomas, who was a potential first-round pick before suffering a torn ACL, could be scooped up by San Francisco.

4. Safety Will Still Be Drafted Despite Signing Antoine Bethea

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4. Safety Will Be Drafted Despite Signing Antoine Bethea

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Despite signing two-time Pro Bowler Antoine Bethea to man one safety spot, the consensus surrounding the 49ers as the draft nears is that a rookie prospect will still be targeted at the position. According to this rumor, San Francisco would like a project at safety to develop behind the starting duo of Bethea and Eric Reid.

3. Cornerback Will Be Drafted On Day One or Two

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3. Cornerback Will Be Drafted On Day One or Two

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With the recent arrest of Chris Culliver and the departure of Carlos Rogers in free agency, the 49ers will be coveting help at cornerback during May's draft. San Francisco would be more than happy to land Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert or Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard if either one fell out of the top 29 picks. Don't rule out a trade up for one of the two either.

2. Trade Up For Mike Evans Possible

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2. Trade Up For Mike Evans Possible

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The 49ers are loaded with draft picks, but they are a deep, talented team with very few roster openings. For that reason, they could afford to part ways with multiple selections in order to move up in the draft. 6-foot-5 Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans would be an excellent fit in San Francisco. Some mocks have Evans coming off the board as high as pick No. 7 overall, though, so he would likely have to fall some for the 49ers to pick up the phone.

1. Kelvin Benjamin Will Be Pick At No. 30 Overall

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1. Kelvin Benjamin Will Be Pick At No. 30 Overall

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In the event the 49ers are unable to trade up for Mike Evans, Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin would be an ideal consolation prize with the No. 30 overall pick. With Michael Crabtree entering a contract year and Anquan Boldin set to turn 34 during the season, the 49ers need another wideout. Big and physical is the type of receiver they prefer. Benjamin fits that mold like a glove.


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  • Brian Gustafson

    Having a top safety, in the waiting, is not a new concept for the Niners
    who are adept at competing for the season and planning for the future.
    Trading up will also be expected of them, as top players come available.

  • Brian Gustafson

    A corner back will be drafted on day one AND on day two. There, fixed it for you.

  • Brian Gustafson

    Evans falling into the teens where we hope that Gilbert or Dennard will be around,
    would certainly complicate things. The Niners have enough trade power to do both.