I’ve been pretty hesitant to release a mock draft on here. It’s the trendy thing to do these days, and the speculation is definitely fun. I just don’t like being wrong, and Trent Baalke has a way of making us all look really stupid when draft day arrives.
But then, everybody’s mock drafts end up looking stupid, so why not? Mel Kiper Jr. has released, what, 100 mock drafts since Super Bowl Sunday? Even the brightest draft experts in the business (I prefer Mike Mayock, despite the lisp) end up looking foolish after the first trade happens. What do I really have to lose?
So I’ve whipped together a full seven-round mock for you guys to tear apart. I’m allowing myself one trade, because I think the 49ers will move into the early first round, but beyond that I’ll stick to the format. Let me know what you guys think (if you do, you can win a party’s worth of free food from Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria):
Round One: 49ers trade No. 31, No. 61 and No. 173 to the New York Jets for No. 13 — Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Earlier I tweeted about how suspicious the 49ers leaking their interest in Richardson is, but in this case I think the 49ers pull a double-reverse and actually take the guy they’re reported to have interest in. Shariff Floyd, Star Lotulelei and Dion Jordan will be gone, but Sheldon Richardson could be one of the best defensive line prospects in this draft.
Round Two: No. 34 — DJ Swearinger, FS, South Carolina
The 49ers let Dashon Goldson walk, but Swearinger has all the makings of another hard-hitting piece for the 49ers’ defensive backfield. Best part? He won’t cost them $22M in guaranteed money.
Round Three: No. 74 — Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
We’ve beaten this topic to death so I won’t break it down anymore. The more I think about it, the more Mathieu makes sense for the 49ers.
Round Three: No. 93 — Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
You know I had to get my draft crush in here.
Round Four: No. 128 — Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina
A torn labrum during his 2012 season might cause his draft stock to drop, but he could be a value pick in the fourth round for the 49ers.
Round Four: No. 131 — Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State
I think we all may be sleeping a little bit on the Cameron Morrah signing. The 49ers may be straying away from two-tight end sets anyway, especially with the addition of Anquan Boldin. Nonetheless, Sims is an intriguing addition, and he can block.
Round Five: No. 157 — Duke Williams, SS, Nevada
Baalke & Company will be preparing for the eventual exit of Donte Whitner, and Williams very well may be the guy to replace him.
Round Six: No. 180 — Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas
Here’s a track athlete trying to be a football player (/drink), but the 49ers don’t need immediate contributions from the draft at the position of wide receiver. Wait, where have I heard that before?
Round Seven: No. 237 — Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky
Are you guys even paying attention at this point? Me neither.
Smith suffered an ACL tear after having an outstanding 2012 season (12.5 sacks, 18.5 TFL, 3 FF). Baalke loves late-round value.
Round Seven: No. 242 — Tanner Hawkinson, OT, Kansas
Hawkinson would be an athletic addition to a position in which the 49ers only need depth.
Round Seven: No. 252 — Curvin Johnson, WR, Detroit City College
Calvin Johnson’s brother. Heard this guy is good (just watch the video) …
A couple caveats: (1) by the end of the fourth round I was effectively throwing darts blindly at a draftboard, and (2) some or all of the late round picks may be traded for picks in 2014.
But if you take out that last pick (since it was not serious whatsoever), how would you grade this draft if it actually happened? If I was Baalke, would you give me an “A”? Maybe an “A-”? Or would my draft sink the team???
Let us know in the comments, and each person who gives out a grade gets entered to win one of two 10-person pizza parties from Amici’s. Winners will be announced tomorrow, so get your grades in ASAP. If you haven’t entered any of the other contest posts, here they are:
Tuesday: Who’s your 2013 NFL Draft crush?
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