49ers seven round mock draft

A complete seven-round mock of the 49ers 2015 draft.

First Round, pick 23*: Byron Jones (6-1, 199), CB, Connecticut

The 49ers move back in the first round because receiver DeVante Parker is off the board and the value isn't there to pick at 15. Jones checks every box: freakish athleticism (147-inch broad jump, an unofficial world record, 44.5-inch vertical, 4.40 forty), good size, long arms, and a potential team captain. He will be in the mix for playing time at cornerback, a position of need, right away.

*49ers trade pick No. 15 to the Arizona Cardinals for pick No. 23 and 86 (third round)

Second round, pick 14 (46 overall): Devin Smith (6-0, 196), WR, Ohio State

The 49ers grab their receiver, who falls later than expected because some question is intermediate route running and size, or San Francisco trades up to get him (that's called hedging, kids). The 49ers would suddenly have two outside deep threats for Colin Kaepernick, forcing defensive coordinators to keep two safeties deep when they're both on the field. All that space could help the running game significantly.

Third round, pick 15 (79 overall): Hau’oli Kikaha (6-2, 253), OLB, Washington

Kikaha might not possess the great size and length that general manager Trent Baalke typically covets at outside linebacker. But Kikaha had 19 sacks (19!) and 25 tackles for loss in 2014 for the Huskies. He would fit right into Dan Skuta's old role as a reserve behind Aldon Smith, Aaron Lynch and Ahmad Brooks, putting Corey Lemonier's roster spot in jeopardy.

Third round, pick 22 (86 overall)*: Donovan Smith (6-6, 338), OL, Penn State

Smith has very long arms, 34 3/8 inches, and could play either guard or tackle in the NFL. He would compete for both the starting left guard spot, vacated by Mike Iupati, and the swing tackle position opened via the release of Jonathan Martin. In 2016 Smith could be an option to play right guard if Alex Boone does not sign an extension with the 49ers. The 49ers need to add a young, versatile offensive lineman.

*Pick acquired in trade with Cardinals

Fourth round, pick 27 (116 overall): Bobby Richardson (6-3, 283), DE, Indiana

Richardson doesn't have great height, but he has the length to make up for it with 34 5/8-inch arms. He notched 5.5 sacks for Indiana last year despite playing defensive end in their 3-4 defense, a position that rarely lights up the stat sheet. The 49ers feel confident enough in their current group of defensive lineman to wait until the fourth round to add a player with the traits that fit their scheme, despite losing Ray McDonald and the uncertainty surrounding Justin Smith.

Fourth round, pick 33 (132 overall): Taiwan Jones (6-3, 245), ILB, Michigan State

Jones possesses good size, durability, and played in the heart of the one the country's best defenses with the Spartans for four seasons. He would have gone a round or two higher had he posted a better forty time at the combine than his 4.95. But the 49ers aren't afraid to draft linebackers that run slow at the combine if they can play (See: Borland, Chris). And it doesn't hurt that Jones has 34-inch arms. Jones is a classic run stuffer, who could leave the coverage responsibilities to the 49ers' more athletic inside linebackers.

Fifth round, pick 15 (151 overall): DeAndre Smelter (6-2, 226), WR, Georgia Tech

Smelter tore an ACL late in 2014 and will likely have to red shirt as a rookie, but possesses promising upside. He is a physical and competitive wideout that would compliment the Smiths well. He has 11-inch hands. Last season, he had 715 receiving yards in Georgia Tech's triple option offense that doesn't do receivers any favors in terms of numbers. Smelter could be a good stash pick here.

Sixth round, pick 14 (190 overall): Matt Jones (6-2, 231), RB, Florida

With Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush and Kendall Hunter, the 49ers are lacking a big, thumping running back. Jones could be that guy and would be a good value in the sixth round. He averaged over 5.0 yards per carry twice in his career with the Gators and scored seven touchdowns in 2014. The 49ers extend their streak to seven consecutive drafts taking a running back.

Seventh round, pick 29 (246 overall): Dexter McDonald (6-1, 200), CB, Kansas

The 49ers take a flyer on another cornerback with good size and length to develop with McDonald late in the draft. McDonald ran a an impressive 4.42 forty at his pro day. He had issues with grades at Kansas that led to a stint at Butler Community College, lowering his draft stock significantly. In the right situation, McDonald could end up being a steal if developed properly.

Seventh round, pick 37 (254 overall): Gerald Christian (6-3, 244), TE, Louisville

The transfer from Florida can play both tight end and fullback, making him a potentially versatile piece in the late rounds. Christian is athletic and strong (28 reps of 225) with very big hands. It's not a good class for tight ends, so the 49ers decide to take a chance a player with upside late who could become a versatile contributor down the road.

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