Let’s do a mock draft. I’m sticking to the first-three rounds this time.
Round 1, Pick 30: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State. With so many juniors declaring for the draft this year, next year’s wide receiver class probably will be lean. The 49ers better grab a WR now. There’s a chance eight will get drafted in the first round this year — Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin, Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks, and Adams.
Round 2, Pick 24: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State. Donte Whitner had a good season and is a free agent. He’s going to want a pay increase. He’s a big hitter, but a liability in coverage. So the 49ers replace him with the best strong safety prospect in the draft — Bucannon.
Round 2, Pick 30: Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina. The 49ers could lose Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown this offseason. So the Niners need to draft a couple of cornerbacks, and Hampton seems to fit the profile of cornerbacks the 49ers like — fast, quick and stout. About 200 pounds.
Round 3, Pick 13: David Fales, QB, San Jose State. The 49ers take their backup QB who can compete for the starting job in 2015 if Kaepernick does not improve next season.
Round 3, Pick 30: Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State. Jonathan Goodwin is a free agent and probably will retire. The only other center on the roster is Daniel Kilgore, a former fifth-round pick who never has started a game in the NFL and is a free agent after next season. Larsen is big, strong and agile, like the other 49ers offensive linemen.
Round 3, Comp: Chris Davis, CB, Auburn. The 49ers draft a second cornerback to compete with Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver.