The San Francisco 49ers got their man in the first round of the draft. Trent Baalke and his draft war room sit in a good position going into the second and third round of the NFL Draft. According to Steve Cyphers of NFL Network, the 49ers yet again know exactly who they want to take before things get started.
At this point, the 49ers have a total of three picks in the next two rounds (34, 61 and 93). As mentioned earlier, they apparently are set on who they want to take with pick #34. There are a lot of very good players that are still available. Tank Carridine, Jesse Williams, Margus Hunt and Jonathan Hankins are all available to help out on the defensive line. Don’t rule out John Jenkins either. The 49ers did have him in Santa Clara for a private workout.
The St. Louis Rams’ selection of Tavon Austin along with the Seattle Seahawks acquiring Percy Harvin makes the need for a cornerback that can cover shifty slot receivers a much more pressing need. Jamar Taylor of Boise State has been mentioned as the best corner on some boards. He is available and has some impressive numbers from the combine. He was a top performer in the forty yard dash (4.39 sec), bench press (22 reps) and 20 yard shuttle (4.09 sec). These all point towards Taylor being the ideal guy to cover slot receivers. He has really good size (5’11″ 192lbs) to go along with his physical ability. Taylor is known for his ability to excel in press coverage.
The popular selection would be Tyrann Mathieu at some point today. This would surely be a very good pick. He may drop into the third round due to his blowing off arranged visits with the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks. I spoke to Emmitt Smith about this and he said that it could be a red flag. Smith said that there aren’t many acceptable reasons to miss a visit with an NFL team.
I was also told by a former General Manager that two coaches completely dropped Mathieu off of their board after his plans of hosting a draft day party in New York City on Thursday night. He did cancel the party but the damage was already done. This could work in the 49ers’ favor and allow them to get Mathieu in the third round.
The tight end and receiver position are also possibilities. Zach Ertz is probably the player that the 49ers are set on with their first pick. He would be a natural fit. If not, Travis Kelce is also a strong possibility at pick #61. He has visited with the 49ers. Justin Hunter and Keenan Allen are other second round options that would provide great value at wide receiver.
Quinton Patton is a player that the 49ers have shown a lot of interest in. Don’t be surprised if the 49ers trade up if he is available towards the top of the third round. Another receiver that would provide tremendous value in the third round is Stedman Bailey. I met him before the draft yesterday. It was very evident that he definitely has a chip on his shoulder due to how he is being underrated. Bailey is one of the best route runners in this draft. He is right at the top of this class when it comes to YAC average. His 6.2 average YAC compares well to the 6.4 average of Cordarrelle Patterson. Don’t rule out Markus Wheaton either. Tim Brown has worked with him and said that he is a very quick and sudden receiver that can make an impact with the ball in his hands.
You can be sure that Trent Baalke has received a lot of calls about the 34th pick. That pick is one of the more valuable ones after other general managers had a full night to think about projected first round prospects that dropped into the second round. It is possible for the 49ers to obtain a first round pick next year in exchange for their pick.
Once again the 49ers are in a great position whether the 49ers stay put or trade picks. Look for them to add a few more impact players on day two of the draft.