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April 24, 2013
Crystal ball: Seven-round look at 49ers' draft

One idea on which everyone seems to agree when it comes to the 49ers' draft: Despite having 13 picks today, they will not have 13 prospects by the end of Saturday. The team has moved up, moved back and traded into future drafts in recent years, and they are expected to do each of those things - perhaps more than once - this week. With that in mind, there's no sense in a 1-13 prediction of whom they'll take. Instead, let's go round by round.

First (No. 31): There's now a lot a chatter that the 49ers will move up, and if they do, it's easy to see them targeting a defensive lineman. Stay put, and a safety or cornerback or maybe even a wide receiver makes sense.
Targets: Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri; Star Lotuleile, DL Utah; Tank Carradine, DE/OLB Florida State; Datone Jone, DL, UCLA, Sylvester Williams, DL, North Carolina; Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International; D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston; Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State; Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia; Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee.

This is the video from Tank Carradine's recent workout. He's obviously not 100 percent recovered from ACL surgery 4 1/2 months ago (Notice he dips well on his left knee but not his injured right). Also notice the guy filming in the background. It's 49ers DL coach Jim Tomsula. Nice red shoes, Jim.

Second (Nos. 34, 61): It's quite possible the 49ers also could trade down at No. 31 or No. 34 with a team seeking a quarterback. If they stay put, this seems like a spot for safety, cornerback or tight end.
Targets: Cyprien; Eric Reid, S, LSU; D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina; Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut; David Amerson, CB, N.C. State; Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford; Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati; Kawann Short, DL, Purdue; John Jenkins, DL, Georgia; Jesse Williams, DL, Alabama.

Third (Nos. 74, 93): This is the round the 49ers typically have used to take red-flag players, whether it be because of injury (Frank Gore, Ray McDonald), position switch (Chris Culliver, Reggie Smith) or perhaps character concerns. This has been a risk-reward round for them.
Targets: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina; Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford; Le'veon Bell, Michigan State; Tyrann Mathieu, CB/PR, LSU; Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech; Brandon Williams, DL, Missouri Southern; David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose State.

Fourth (Nos. 128, 131). The 49ers might search for some of the same type of players as in Round 3; They also could start looking for a swing tackle here. Could they also get a quarterback?
Targets: Duke Williams, S, Nevada; John Boyett, S, Oregon; Matt Scott, QB, Arizona; Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech; Luke Marquardt, OT, Azusa Pacific; Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford; Tyrone Goard, WR, Eastern Kentucky; Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State.

Fifth (No. 157). At this point, the team is looking for depth and players who can become special teams contributors. The 49ers also might be looking a year or two down the road as far as whom they might lose to free agency.
Targets: Boyett, Williams, Josh Evans, S/CB, Florida; Matt Furstenburg, TE-H-back, Maryland; Montori Hughes, NT, Tennessee-Martin; Zach Sudfeld, TE, Nevada; Denard Robinson, WR/RB, Michigan.

Sixth (173, 180). If the 49ers can't trade these picks away (both are trade-able), they'll continue to look at backup spots and prospects who are projects. Some sixth-round picks from years' past: Kyle Williams, Anthony Dixon, Delanie Walker, Andy Lee.
Targets: DE Lawrence Okoye, no affiliation; Sean Renfree, QB, Duke; Marquies Gray, TE-HB, Minnesota.

Seventh (237, 246, 252). Two of these picks are compensatory and cannot be traded. Look for the 49ers to hit small schools and to snap up players, like Cam Johnson a year ago, who have fallen for one reason or another.
Targets: No clue. Every player listed in Round 6.

-- Matt 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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