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49ers Mock Draft Tracker 2.0


The folks at continue to look at various mock drafts for our "49ers Draft Tracker" series where we share wide-ranging analysis on who the 49ers will take with the No. 30 overall draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Here's our second roundup of current mock drafts leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

The 49ers need to add more depth along the defensive line and Nix has the ability to develop into a three-down player.

[Previous selection – Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State]

Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois

If they don't re-sign Donte Whitner, they have to get better next to Eric Reid. This would give them two young players back there.

[Previous selection – Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State]


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Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

Dazzled in Indy, so much so that the 49ers might pass up the bigger body in Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin.

[Previous selection – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State]

Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Receiver and cornerback are the short-term needs in San Francisco, but Hageman's potential to be a long-term force on the defensive line might change the 49ers' thinking. With Justin Smith nearing the end of his career, San Francisco would view Hageman as his eventual replacement, while hoping it can get some early production from him as he rounds off the rough edges of his game. Hageman's talent and ability aren't in question. The former high school basketball player has freakish athletic ability and might post impressive numbers in Indy and come out of the combine as one of the first round's risers. But he needs to improve his technique and show more consistent effort, and the team that takes him may have to show some first-year patience with him.

[Previous selection – n/a]

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

The San Francisco 49ers need a speedy wide receiver to take the top off the opposing defense and truly stretch the field. That's something quarterback Colin Kaepernick has never had—and something the team never needed with Alex Smith at quarterback. But now, with Kaepernick's big arm, the 49ers need that deep threat with elite speed.

Enter Brandin Cooks. His 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the combine proves that his speed is legit, and his production at Oregon State led to him winning the Biletnikoff Award in 2013. Cooks has the speed, hands, body control and range to be excellent when working down the field in a loaded San Francisco offense.

[Previous selection – Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State]

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

General manager Trent Baalke is expected to make re-signing veteran Anquan Boldin a priority but adding a playmaker to play in the slot could make San Francisco's offense less predictable. Cooks is an extraordinary athlete with the agility and speed to help immediately on offense and special teams.

[Previous selection – Jason Verrett, CB, TCU]


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Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

San Francisco went secondary in the first round last year and it wouldn't be a shock if they do so again, addressing the cornerback position. Fuller isn't the fastest player, but he's incredibly instinctive and natural at the position with an aggressive nature and fluid footwork.

[Previous selection – Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida]

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

For the third straight year, the 49ers reached the NFC Conference Championship Game and didn't bring home a Lombardi trophy. Is Cooks the guy to put them over the top? Probably not, but the Pac-12 superstar is an underneath threat of the Victor Cruz/Percy Harvin variety. That's something the 49ers would gladly take at 30th overall.

[Previous selection – Jason Verrett, CB, TCU]

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State:

His 4.33 40 time at the combine confirmed his raw speed. What better way to diversify a passing attack that relies on TE Vernon Davis and WRs Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin (assuming he re-signs) but doesn't have a classic vertical element?

[Previous selection – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State]


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