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Top NFL Draft Picks to Visit Levi’s® Stadium, Face 49ers in Regular Season

Posted May 14, 2014

Jimmie Ward has the fortune of being the San Francisco 49ers first top pick to play at Levi’s® Stadium, but Ward is just one of five first-rounders to play at the 49ers new home in 2014.

Jimmie Ward has the fortune of being the San Francisco 49ers first top NFL Draft pick to play at Levi’s® Stadium.

But Ward is just one of five first-rounders to play at the 49ers new home this coming season. Let’s take a closer look. 

Week 2 | vs. Chicago Bears | CB Kyle Fuller (14th)

"Talk bout DNA. His older brother Vincent played in the NFL. He other older brother Corey plays for the Lions. He played with his younger brother Kendall, who was a freshman at Virginia Tech (in 2013). I thought he was most NFL-ready cornerback I saw on tape. He doesn't move as fast as Justin Gilbert. In run support, he reminds me of (Kansas City Chiefs cornerback) Brandon Flowers when he came out of Virginia Tech. Fuller can play nickel corner on Day 1." – NFL Media’s Mike Mayock 

Week 4 | vs. Philadelphia Eagles | OLB Marcus Smith (26th)

"Marcus Smith is a pretty exciting edge player. The important thing ultimately is 'can this kid play?' They have Connor Barwin on one side and Trent Cole, who will turn 32 years old, on the other. In that scheme he's a perfect fit. The pick attacks an area of need for the Eagles, and they got some extra picks in the process." -- Mayock 

Week 5 | vs. Kansas City Chiefs | DE Dee Ford (23rd)

"Ford played well toward the end of the season and then ripped up the Senior Bowl. What is his scheme fit? That's the question. In Kansas City, they have to pay two defensive ends, Tamba Hali (set to become a free agent in 2016) and Justin Houston (set to become a free agent in 2015)." -- Mayock

Week 16 | vs. San Diego Chargers | CB Jason Verrett (25th)

"This is one of my favorite players in the entire draft. The knock is his size (5-foot-9, 189 pounds), but he's feisty and so competitive. Sometimes a bigger wideout can take advantage of a matchup against him." -- Mayock


The 49ers will also visit eight first-round picks.

Week 1 | at Dallas Cowboys | OT Zack Martin (16th overall)

"The Cowboys went from one of the wild cards of the draft (Johnny Manziel) to one of the safest picks of the draft. He played in 52 games at Notre Dame (the most in school history); he never missed a game. I contend he's the only player in the draft who can start at every position on the offensive line. The knock on him is his arm length (32 7/8-inch arms). At the Senior Bowl, he stoned everybody all week long." – NFL Media’s Mike Mayock

Week 3 | at Arizona Cardinals | SS Deone Bucannon (27th)

"I'll tell you right now, I really enjoyed watching this guy's tape. He's an impact safety with size. He's bigger and faster than Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Calvin Pryor. Pair him with Tyrann Mathieu, that's a really good secondary in Arizona." -- Mayock

Week 6 | at St. Louis Rams | OT Greg Robinson (2nd) and DT Aaron Donald (13th)

"When I put the game tape in, the first guy I thought about ... Orlando Pace." -- Mayock

"Donald is a disruptive one-gap three-technique defensive tackle. The lack of size (6-foot-1, 285 pounds) concerns some teams, but not me. He had a really big week at the Senior Bowl. He's as quick a defensive tackle I've seen since Geno Atkins." -- Mayock

Week 7 | at Denver Broncos | CB Bradley Roby (31st)

"The Broncos signed Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward in free agency. But they really need some help at the other corner spot and nickel until Chris Harris comes back. Jared Abbrederis from Wisconsin ate him alive, and that is what concerns me." -- Mayock

Week 10 | at New Orleans Saints | WR Brandin Cooks (20th)

"At 190 pounds, he was able to make a lot of people miss (while playing for Oregon State). At the NFL Scouting Combine, he ran a 4.33 40-yard dash (the second-fastest among all performers). This is a guy who catches the ball easily." -- Mayock

"At 6-foot-4 and 218 pounds, he is today's NFL corner. He's a lot like Richard Sherman in that he's a converted wide receiver, but he has the size of Brandon Browner. I think (New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator) Rob Ryan is going to turn him into a future All-Pro." -- Mayock 

Week 11 | at New York Giants | WR Odell Beckham (12th)

"His mother was an All-American sprinter at LSU. His dad played football at LSU. He's got all the measurables. He's also one of best route runners in this draft. He's very advanced in terms of his route running." -- Mayock

Week 14 | at Oakland Raiders | LB Khalil Mack (5th)

"He ran 4.65 (40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine), but he's faster than that. His game tape against Ohio State is single best game tape against Ohio State I'd ever seen. He plays with intensity. He's going to be an All-Pro."  -- Mayock