These are the picks I think the 49ers will make in the upcoming draft, not necessarily the picks I would make if I were picking for the 49ers.
Trade pick No.30 to the Jaguars for pick No.39 and Jacksonville’s third-rounder in 2015. With pick No.39, the 49ers select JORDAN MATTHEWS, WR, VANDERBILT. The Jaguars trade up for QB Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers trade back for Matthews, who has the speed to complement Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree right now, and the size and skill to replace Crabtree at flanker by 2015.
Trade picks No.56 and No.94 to the Titans for pick No.42. With pick No.42, the 49ers select TRENT MURPHY, OLB, STANFORD. Ahmad Brooks just turned 30. In 2015, he’ll turn 31 and the 49ers will owe him more than $6 million. The 49ers need a potential replacement for Brooks in 2015 in case he’s no longer worth $6 million to the 49ers.
With pick No.61, the 49ers select JAYLEN WATKINS, CB, FLORIDA. The 49ers need a cornerback, and Watkins is similar athletically to Chris Culliver.
With pick No.77, the 49ers select PAUL RICHARDSON, WR, COLORADO. Richardson would be the 49ers’ T.Y. Hilton — a true deep threat who may not necessarily be a true X or Z. Hilton was the 92nd-pick in the 2012 draft.
With pick No.100, the 49ers select WILL CLARKE, DE, WEST VIRGINIA. Clarke is 6-7, 271 pounds, and his arms are 34-5/8 inches long. The 49ers draft him to replace Ray McDonald in a year two, once Clarke adds about 20 pounds.
With pick No.129, the 49ers select DAVID FALES, QB, SAN JOSE ST. Jim Harbaugh gave Tony Romo an early-round grade, so don’t be surprised if Harbaugh falls for Fales.