Here is my latest attempt to predict which picks the 49ers will make in the upcoming draft.
Round 1, pick No. 15: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
To replace Justin Smith, the 49ers take the best 3-technique defensive tackle available, maybe the best 3-technique in the entire draft. Brown made 15 tackles for loss in 13 games last season.
TRADE: 49ers send pick No. 46 to the Dallas Cowboys for pick Nos. 60 and 91
Round 2, pick No.60: Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State
To replace Anquan Boldin, the 49ers draft the best Florida State wide receiver since Anquan Boldin.
Round 3, pick No. 79: Kwon Alexander, ILB, Louisiana State
Alexander ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash at the combine – he is one of the fastest linebackers in the draft. He has the speed to cover Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham.
Round 3, pick No. 91 (from Dallas): Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
Ekpre-Olomu would have been a late-first-round pick or early-second-round pick if he hadn’t torn his ACL in December. He was a first-team All-Pac 12 player three times, and he broke up 48 passes in 53 games.
Round 4, pick No. 127: Tyrus Thompson, OT/OG, Oklahoma
Thompson is 6’5”, 324 pounds, has 34 7/8-inch arms and was an All-Big 12 first-team left tackle last season. He isn’t quick enough to play left tackle in the NFL, but he can play right tackle or guard.
Round 4, pick No. 132 (comp.): Obum Gwacham, OLB/DE, Oregon State
Gwacham is 6’5”, 246 pounds, has 34 3/8-inch arms and runs a 4.72-second 40-yard dash. He has the athleticism of a first-round pick, but he’s falling to the fourth round because he has played defense for only one season. He was a wide receiver until his senior year.
Round 5, pick No. 151: Matt Jones, RB, Florida
Trent Baalke recently said Carlos Hyde weighs in the mid-220s. The Niners need a big, bruising back to fill out the running-back committee. Jones is 6’2”, 231 pounds and only 21 years old.
Round 6, pick No. 189: Mario Alford, WR, West Virginia
Alford is one of the most underrated players in the draft. He runs a 4.27 40-yard dash and has good hands. He’s proven a deep threat and kick returner.
Round 7, pick No. 246: John Timu, ILB, Washington
Timu is a tough run-stopper in the middle of the defense. He made 108 tackles in 14 games last season.
Round 7, pick No. 254: Bryan Bennett, QB, Southeastern Louisiana
Bill Walsh believed teams should draft one quarterback every year.