The 49ers own five of the top-100 picks in the upcoming draft. Here’s how the Niners should use them.
Pick No.30: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU
The best wide receiver available. I think Benjamin is the third-best WR prospect in the draft behind Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans, but draft gurus seem down on Benjamin. If the gurus are wrong and Benjamin gets picked in the top-20, the 49ers can draft another wide receiver who the gurus underrate — Allen Robinson from Penn St.
Pick No.56: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
The best cornerback available. Kyle Fuller, Bradley Roby, Jason Verrett, Marcus Roberson and Bashaud Breeland probably will get drafted before pick No.56.
Pick No.61: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
A true deep threat who had a monster junior season in the Pac 12 even though he had a bunch of nobodies for teammates.
Pick No.77: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington St.
The 49ers can pass on SS Jimmie Ward in the second round and take Bucannon, a first-team All American, in the third round.
Pick No.94: David Fales, QB, San Jose St.
The best value in the draft. The only knock on Fales is his arm strength, but he throws hard enough — 53 mph. Jake Locker throws 54 mph. Locker has a strong arm. Fales can strengthen his arm as he develops. Remember, he played just two years of Division 1 college football, like Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers improved his arm-strength big-time in the NFL. Fales gives the 49ers a cheap option at quarterback until 2018 if Colin Kaepernick wants more money than the 49ers feel like paying him.