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May 5, 2014
Beatwriters mock draft: run on CBs, WRs in Round 1

The annual beatwriter mock draft concluded this afternoon, and here are the results. This obviously is a no-trade mock and is designed to give fellow writers an idea of your team's draft needs, possible targets, etc.

  1. HOU Jadeveon Clowney, DE
  2. STL Jake Matthews, T
  3. JAC Sammy Watkins, WR
  4. CLE Khalil Mack, DE
  5. OAK Greg Robinson, T
  6. ATL Taylor Lewan, T
  7. TB Mike Evans, WR
  8. MIN Blake Bortles, QB
  9. BUF Eric Ebron, TE
  10. DET Anthony Barr, OLB
  11. TEN Aaron Donald, DT
  12. NYG Zack Martin, T
  13. STL Darqueze Dennard, CB
  14. CHI Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. S
  15. PIT Justin Gilbert, CB
  16. DAL Johnny Manziel, QB
  17. BAL CJ Mosley, ILB
  18. NYJ Odell Beckham, WR
  19. MIA Ja'Wuan James, T
  20. ARI Calvin Pryor, S
  21. GB Ryan Shazier, OLB
  22. PHI Kyle Fuller, CB
  23. KC Marqise Lee, WR
  24. CIN Bradley Roby, CB
  25. SD Jason Verrett CB
  26. CLE Teddy Bridgewater, QB
  27. NO Brandin Cooks, WR
  28. CAR Kelvin Benjamin, WR
  29. NE Stephon Tuitt, DE
  30. SF Cody Latimer, WR
  31. DEN Kony Ealy, DE
  32. SEA Demarcus Lawrence, DE

All of the draft crush disciples reading right now are familiar with why I chose Latimer with the 30th pick. I definitely can see a scenario in which the 49ers trade ahead, say to Baltimore's No. 17 spot, and take either Odell Beckham or Kyle Fuller.

In this draft, the Top 5 cornerbacks were off the board and six receivers were as well. As I wrote in the mock draft, I could see the 49ers going with a pass rusher in this scenario with Kony Ealy, Dee Ford and Demarcus Lawrence being the likeliest picks. A scenario in which the 49ers traded out of the first round, say with Houston, Jacksonville or Oakland, also would be a possibility. Latimer, Ealy, Ford, Lawrence and the next-rated cornerback would be in play early in the second round as well.

-- 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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