This is my final attempt to predict which picks the 49ers will make in the upcoming draft.
Round 1, pick No. 15: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
The Niners have had at least one great defensive tackle for the past 22 years.
They drafted Dana Stubblefield with the 26th pick in 1993. He made three Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team in five seasons with the Niners.
The Niners drafted Bryant Young with the 7th pick in 1994. He made four Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team in 14 seasons with the Niners.
When Young retired in 2008, the 49ers gave a $45 million contract to former No.4 pick Justin Smith. He made five Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team in seven season with San Francisco.
To replace Smith, one of the best players in franchise history, the 49ers will draft one of the best defensive tackles available this year – Malcom Brown.
The Niners do not skimp on defensive tackles.
Round 2, pick No. 46: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
The 49ers like big corners, and Collins is one of the biggest in the draft. He has the size and speed to cover big receivers like Calvin Johnson and tight ends like Jimmy Graham.
Round 3, pick No. 79: Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan
The Niners also like big receivers. Funchess is 6’4”, 232 pounds and he runs a 4.47-second 40-yard dash. Funchess has a lot in common with Alshon Jeffery, the wide receiver the Niners should have drafted with their first round pick in 2012.
Round 4, pick No. 127: Taiwan Jones, ILB, Michigan State
A strong run defender from the Big 10 to replace Chris Borland.
Round 4, pick No. 132 (comp.): Obum Gwacham, OLB/DE, Oregon State
Former third-round pick Corey Lemonier is a terrible pass rusher, a bust. The Niners replace him with someone who has potential.
Round 5, pick No. 151: Matt Jones, RB, Florida
Jones will be Carlos Hyde’s big, bruising backup.
Round 6, pick No. 189: Mario Alford, WR, West Virginia
One of the best kick returners in the draft. Averaged 28.6 yards per kick return in 2014. Also led the Big 12 in receiving touchdowns with 11. Last season was only his second season playing wide receiver.
Round 7, pick No. 246: Blake Sims, QB, Alabama
The 49ers draft an athletic quarterback who played in a pro-style offense in college.
Round 7, pick No. 254 (comp.): Jermaine Barton, OT, Illinois State
A 6’7” tackle with 36-inch arms. Barton falls to Round 7 because he had knee surgery in February.