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San Francisco 49ers 7-Round NFL Mock Draft, Late-April Edition

San Francisco 49ers' 7-Round NFL Mock Draft, Late-April Edition

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With the 2014 NFL Draft rapidly approaching, it's time to compose a seven-round mock draft for the San Francisco 49ers. This mock was conducted via First-pick.com's simulator, so please note this isn't a prediction on my part, but merely myself picking for the 49ers as if I were the GM according to what prospects the simulator deems available in each round. Let's get to the results.

Round 1: Trade Up

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Round 1: Trade Up

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With a plethora of picks but a limited number of roster openings and needs, the 49ers will likely trade up in the first round. The only question is how high and for who? In this mock, I traded the 49ers' first-round pick (No. 30 overall), the 24th pick of the second round, the 13th and 30th picks of the third round and the 30th pick of the fifth round to the Chicago Bears in exchange for the No. 14 overall selection of the draft.

Round 1, Pick No. 14 (CHI): Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

Odell Beckham Jr.
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Round 1, Pick No. 14 (CHI): Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

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With Anquan Boldin set to turn 34 in October, the 49ers will target a receiver during the draft. Some have speculated they will trade up for Mike Evans or stay put at pick No. 30 to nab Kelvin Benjamin, but LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. would equip them with a dynamic playmaker and potentially the second best receiver of the class.

Round 2, Pick No. 29: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

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Round 2, Pick No. 29: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

Phillip Gaines
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If the 49ers go receiver in the first round, they will likely take a cornerback with their first pick on day two. Rice's Phillip Gaines offers an impressive combination of length and speed. He also possesses impressive ball skills that could produce plenty of deflections and interceptions in the pros.

Round 3, Pick No. 36 (COMP): Bryan Stork, C, Florida State

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Round 3, Pick No. 36 (COMP): Bryan Stork, C, Florida State

Bryan Stork
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Center is currently the weak spot along San Francisco's offensive line, and Florida State's Bryan Stork could provide it with an upgrade during the third round. He might take some developing, but he has the size and intelligence the position requires in the NFL.

Round 4, Pick No. 29: Craig Loston, SS, LSU

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Round 4, Pick No. 29: Craig Loston, SS, LSU

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In addition to cornerback, the 49ers are expected to pick up a project to develop at safety in the secondary. Selecting LSU's Craig Loston should be an enticing possibility in the fourth or fifth round. Loston is an aggressive, hard-hitting defensive back who has the skill set to play in the box or as an interchangeable safety.

Round 7, Pick No. 27: Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson

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Round 7, Pick No. 27: Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson

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The 49ers drafted a few injured prospects to red-shirt in 2013, so expect them to do the same in 2014. Clemson's Brandon Thomas will be one potential investment on the third day. He was considered a likely second-round pick before tearing his ACL in a pre-draft workout.

Round 7, Pick No. 28: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

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Round 7, Pick No. 28: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

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Like Thomas, Aaron Colvin tore his ACL in the pre-draft process, doing so at the Senior Bowl back in January. Similarly, Colvin was deemed a top cornerback prospect before the injury. The 49ers are arguably one of his most likely destinations. He could become one of the steals of the draft if he's still attainable in the seventh round.

Round 7, Pick No. 30: L'Damian Washington, WR, Missouri

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Round 7, Pick No. 30: L'Damian Washington, WR, Missouri

L'Damian Washington
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Poor route running and a deep receiver class are factors that don't bode well for Missouri's L'Damian Washington. He has enough speed and size to intrigue a team like the 49ers on day three, though.