49ers big board: How many draft prospects have first round grades?

The 49ers have the 31st pick in the first round of the upcoming draft. Ideally, they would have about 25 players graded as first rounders on their big board (80 percent) – players they would feel good drafting at pick No.31.

Do you think the 49ers have given 25 players first round grades on their big board? Let’s try to figure it out.

It’s fair to assume the 49ers do not have any quarterbacks graded as first rounders, because there is no way the 49ers would draft Geno Smith or Matt Barkley or Tyler Wilson at No.31.

Here’s my best guess at the draft prospects to whom the 49ers have given first round grades.

  1. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
  2. Eric Fisher, OT, Eastern Michigan
  3. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
  4. Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
  5. Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
  6. Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
  7. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
  8. Dion Jodan, OLB/DE, Oregon
  9. Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU
  10.  Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
  11.  Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
  12.  Jarvis Jones, OLB/DE, Georgia
  13.  Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
  14.  Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU
  15.  Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
  16.  Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
  17.  Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
  18.  Damontre Moore, OLB/DE, Texas A&M
  19.  Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
  20.  Bjoern Warner, DE, Florida State
  21.  Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
  22.  Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
  23.  Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

I didn’t put any inside linebackers on this list because I don’t think the 49ers would draft one in the first round this year. I didn’t put any tight ends on this list either, because the top TE prospects – Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz – are not H-backs, which is what the 49ers need. Neither player would have a prominent role on the 49ers’ offense as long as Vernon Davis is around.

So, I count 23 players the 49ers would feel comfortable drafting at No.31. That’s less than ideal. I think there’s a good chance the 49ers will have to trade up or trade back from pick No.31.

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