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April 22, 2012
Mock mock. Who's there? A wideout at pick no. 30

1. QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
Figures that a team with a horseshoe emblem would draft a guy named Luck.

2. QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
A franchise that knows what its doing should make a mega star out of Robert Griffin. Too bad he's being drafted by the Redskins.

3. OT Matt Kalil, USC
A lot of talk lately about how the Vikings don't really like Kalil. Maybe they opt for Claiborne in a division with Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler. But moving Claiborne here also would ruin my mock, so ...

4. RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
A solid running game should take pressure off of Colt McCoy ... or the guy who eventually replaces Colt McCoy.

5. CB Morris Claiborne, LSU
Happy birthday, Ronde Barber. He turned 57 earlier this month.

6. DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
Defensive-minded coach gets a player who should make everyone around him - Chris Long, Robert Quinn, James Hall - better.

7. OLB-DE Melvin Ingram.
Yes, he has the arm length of a velociraptor, but Ingram's tenacity and versatility should be alluring to the Jaguars.

8. QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M.
Signing David Garrard instead of Peyton Manning is like getting a sweater vest for Christmas when you really wanted an iPad 3.

9. WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State.
Blackmon takes a slide similar to the one Big 12 counterpart Michael Crabtree took three years ago. Hope M.C. Hammer isn't busy.

10. WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
Ryan Fitzpatrick is the second best quarterback in the AFC East. This says more about the NFC East than it does Ryan Fitzpatrick.

11. DT Michael Brockers, LSU
Tamba Hali, Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson .... Who sees the pattern forming here?

12. DE Nick Perry, USC
Perry compares to NFL defensive end Chris Clemons. So why not pair him with Clemons?

13. OT Riley Reif, Iowa
David DeCastro might be the better player here, but offensive tackle is needed to protect Peyton Manning's Kevin Kolb's blind side.

14. S Mark Barron, Alabama
The Cowboys began shoring up their secondary in free agency with Brandon Carr. They finish rounding out the unit with Barron.

15. LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College
Kuechly (pronounced "Krzyzewski") goes from one Eagles squad to another.

16. OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
The Jets bring in a f---ing inside linebacker to bolster the f---ing defense. Now let's go get a God d--- snack!

17. CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
Chris Culliver's South Carolina teammate will be expected to beat out Nate Clements for a starting job.

18. G David DeCastro, Stanford
Chargers could use help at guard and center. DeCastro plays guard and is willing to learn center. Can they clone him?

19. DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina
Coples slides to the Windy City where he'll be paired with another UNC defensive lineman, Julius Peppers. Could also go with Whitney Mercilus here.

20. DT Dontari Poe, Memphis State
It would be poetic if Poe landed with the Ravens (Where all the English majors at?) but he stays in-state instead.

21. WR Kendall Wright, Baylor
Wright reportedly registered 18 percent body fat at his pro day, which obviously means he's preparing to be picked by Minnesota. (Turns out he was mixing gorgonzola in his post-workout shakes).

22. OT Mike Adams, Ohio State
The Browns can find a future right tackle and hire from within the state at the same time.

23. OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford
I hope Martin doesn't shake his new coach's hand too firmly on draft day.

24. OT/G Cordy Glenn
The Steelers could use help at right tackle and both guard spots. Take your pick, Cordy.

25. - DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
A worthy addition to a defense that already has Von Miller and Elvis Dumerville on the edges. Broncos finished 22nd against the run last year.

26. WR Rueben Randle, LSU
The Texans finished No. 2 in total defense last year and 18th in passing offense. Yes, the Houston Texans. This is not a typo.

27. CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
Character concerns could send this cornerback tumbling down round one. Would the 49ers pull the trigger if he falls to No. 30?

28. OLB Shea McClellin, Boise State
If McClellin lets his blond hair grow, say, shoulder length, it will confuse the hell out of opposing offensive lines.

29. ILB Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
Ray Lewis runs about as fast as my Mee'maw these days (Please don't tell him I said that).

30. WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
Coby Fleener, Kevin Zeitler, Peter Konz, Amini Silatolu and others are on the board, but the 49ers go with a player with size, speed, hops and toughness. He'll be raw in Year 1, but he can learn from Randy Moss and, at the very least, defenses will have to respect his speed. **Don't be surprised if the 49ers trade back into the early second**

2. RB Chris Polk, Washington. The 49ers must think about an eventual replacement for starter Frank Gore, who was not the same workhorse at the end of the year as he was at the beginning. Polk, a former high school receiver who weighs 225 pounds, has three-down potential.

3. S Brandon Hardin, Oregon State. This is just the kind of pick Trent Baalke likes to make in the third round. Hardin played cornerback with the Beavers, but he has the size (6-2, 222) of a safety. He'd be insurance if a Dashon Goldson deal doesn't get completed, and he'd be an instant special teamer.

4. DE Akiem Hicks, Regina. Former Sacramento City College player is massive and has the long arms - 35 ½ inches - that the 49ers love. Recruiting violations at LSU forced him to play in Canada. Extremely raw, but Jim Tomsula might love him as a project.

5. LB Miles Burris, San Diego State. He's a high-character, high-motor type of player who would be an immediate star on special teams and who could be a backup at multiple linebacker positions. He had 18 sacks over the last two seasons but might be best on the inside.

6. OT Jeff Adams, Columbia. I picked Adams almost at random. The point is that he's got good size and quick feet and could be the type of small-school offensive tackle the 49ers would push inside to guard as a developmental project.

7. CB Pickah Nameouttahat. Baalke has taken a gamble on a small-school cornerback at this spot the last two years (Phillip Adams, Curtis Holcomb). Watch for him to do the same in April.

31. RB Doug Martin, Boise State
Bah-ston loves short guys named Doug.

32. Coby Fleener TE, Stanford
You'd have to believe that Eli Manning would love this pick. But would Ahmad Bradshaw?

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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