FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers

With The Tenth Pick In the FanIQ Mock Draft, The San Francisco 49ers Select...

4/16/09 in NFL   |   snbslugger   |   0 respect

With the NFL Draft coming on April 25, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we'll feature picks from the San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos. Every day until Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis. Next up is snbslugger, with the #10 pick for the San Francisco 49ers.

Here are the picks so far:

1. Detroit Lions - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2. St Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
4. Seattle Seahawks - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
5. Cleveland Browns - Micahel Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
7. Oakland Raiders - BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Everette Brown, LB, Florida State
9. Green Bay Packers - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas

As much as I hope the Packers pass on Brian Orakpo so the Niners can grab him with their pick, I tend to agree with the experts and our mock draft that he won't be there for us.  I anticipate the 49ers will choose Aaron Maybin from Penn State, who fits the 3-4 DE/MLB hybrid mold they need for their defense.  He would look great playing opposite Manny Lawson with Takeo Spikes and Patrick Willis in the middle.  It's also very possible that troubled knucklehead OT Andre Smith from Alabama is picked here.  Even though he's done just about everything humanly possible to destroy his draft stock, coach Mike Singletary might see the raw ability and decide he can reach the young man and straighten him out.

NEEDS: WR, QB, OL, DL

That said, I hope the 49ers go a different route.  Ideally I'd like to see them trade down, but I'm also very high on a player that I first saw two years ago and was really impressed with his fundamentals at his position. 

With the 10th pick in the 2009 FanIQ Mock Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select Jeremy Maclin, Wide Receiver, University of Missouri.

It looks like Todd McShay's most recent Scouts, Inc. draft agrees with me.  He and Kiper have had Maybin at the #10 pick for weeks, now he's changed his tune.

Maclin is basically the reason Chase Daniel received any Heisman consideration at all in 2007 with 80 catches for 1055 yards and 9 scores.  He was essential to Missouri's BCS hopes that season, and followed it up with a 2008 campaign that saw him catch 102 balls for 1260 yards and 13 TDs.  Additionally, the two-time All-American averaged over 1000 return yards a season in his college career and holds the school record for all-purpose yardage.  He's not a big guy at 6-1, 198, but neither was Jerry Rice.  Maclin has great hands, runs strong routes, and has that big play to-the-house speed (4.31 personal best in the 40) that makes him dangerous on the outside as well as in the slot. 

The Niners have several directions they could go here.  The quarterback position is still not 100% assured at this point, but it is unlikely they'll go QB in the first round again after getting burned by picking Alex Smith.  McShay has said he doesn't believe Andre Smith will fall past the #10 spot in the draft, and San Francisco could use another big, skillful o-lineman to protect whoever may be under center.  Maybin is still likely to be available, and Singletary is a defense-minded coach, so it certainly wouldn't be a poor choice. 

It is believed that the 49ers, with Coach Samurai in his first full season, will go with a more run-based offense and make Frank Gore their focal point.  However, if they add Maclin to a receiving corp that has future Hall of Famer Isaac Bruce, super-soph Josh Morgan, the underrated Jason Hill, and a re-focused tight end in Vernon Davis, there will be a lot of weapons available to Shaun Hill, who has demonstrated he can throw the deep ball as needed.

Jeremy Maclin looks very comfortable making all the catches on the field.  He doesn't shy away from contact and has a work ethic and level of maturity that will help him in the pro game.  He scored a 25 on his Wonderlic Test, which is well above the average for players at his position.  In fact, coming to the 49ers may be ideal for the start of his career, as Isaac Bruce will be returning for 2009 and would be an excellent mentor for the 20 year old.  While Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech gets all the headlines and will likely be the first wide receiver off the board on April 25, I have been very impressed with Maclin.  If the 49ers do decide to select him, I don't think it's a pick they will have to apologize for. 

BUST ALERT: The last player the 49ers should even consider drafting is USC quarterback Mark Sanchez.  If for no other reason because everyone is so impressed with him.  For the past week all I've heard about is what a wonderfully mature person he is and how he interviews so well and his pro day was tremendous.  He still only has 16 starts in college and with the all the hype surrounding him, the groundwork is being laid for him to turn into a colossal bust in the NFL.  The 49ers have a pro QB in Shaun Hill that went 5-3 as a starter last year and were two yards away from possibly stopping the Arizona Cardinals from making the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl.  The team will be better this year, and I think the team can at least make the playoffs with Hill at the helm.  There will be late-round value at QB.  Don't blow the #10 overall pick on one here.
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4/18/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

snbslugger wrote:
49ers hired the wrong Scott.  I have two T's in my name.  Therefore I am one "T" better than Scot McCloughan.

Niners just re-upped with Nedney, which I think is a good call, so hopefully they can resist spending the #10 pick on a kicker.  As tempting as it may be.

Haralson too, which is nice. I like his game, plays intense on the D-Line.

4/17/09   |   snbslugger

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Man I love this pick! If Raji isn't available, I don't think he will be. Man oh man do we ever need a receiver, even more than we need a QB right now. Snbslugger for 49ers GM! Now watch, we'll draft a kicker or something.

49ers hired the wrong Scott.  I have two T's in my name.  Therefore I am one "T" better than Scot McCloughan.

Niners just re-upped with Nedney, which I think is a good call, so hopefully they can resist spending the #10 pick on a kicker.  As tempting as it may be.

4/17/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Not that is means a whole lot, but according to the ESPN front page poll, 35% of people think that the 49ers are the best fit for Mark Sanchez, leading the Jets who are at 23%.  I think he makes sense for them, but I also think he will be gone before they choose. 

P.S. - I chose the Jets, who would need to trade up to even have a shot at him.

4/16/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

I like the write up, but I hope the niners are able to get Smith here. I think the niners need to get younger at O-Line or their best offensive player, Frank Gore, is going to either move on or get destroyed in the backfield. Face it, the niners are a running team and they need to do everything they can to make Frank Gore as effective a weapon as possible.

I also think the niners need to look at getting younger in the defensive backfield before they worry about the defensive line or LB's. Walt Harris is still playing well, but it is only a matter of time before age catches up with him. 

4/16/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
I don't know, I'm just not real confident in our drafting abilities. We did draft Alex Smith, remember? Even Al Davis hasn't drafted anyone that bad.

Then I guess we are in the same boat in terms of confidence in our team's ability to evaluate and draft talent.  Kiffin gave me some confidence with his two draft classes, but Al and Cable scare me a little.

4/16/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Michael_G wrote:
 I beg to differ....Todd Marinovich

As soon as Marinovich costs the Raiders $26 million in guarantees, I will agree with that.  Busts now are a lot different then busts back then.

4/16/09   |   Michael_G   |   38401 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
I don't know, I'm just not real confident in our drafting abilities. We did draft Alex Smith, remember? Even Al Davis hasn't drafted anyone that bad.

 I beg to differ....Todd Marinovich

4/16/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
Why?  Is there news that Al Davis bought he 49ers too?

I don't know, I'm just not real confident in our drafting abilities. We did draft Alex Smith, remember? Even Al Davis hasn't drafted anyone that bad.

4/16/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Man I love this pick! If Raji isn't available, I don't think he will be. Man oh man do we ever need a receiver, even more than we need a QB right now. Snbslugger for 49ers GM! Now watch, we'll draft a kicker or something.

Why?  Is there news that Al Davis bought he 49ers too?

4/16/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Man I love this pick! If Raji isn't available, I don't think he will be. Man oh man do we ever need a receiver, even more than we need a QB right now. Snbslugger for 49ers GM! Now watch, we'll draft a kicker or something.

4/16/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Very nice write-up and interesting choice Scott.  While I think Maclin is about the same as Desean Jackson (who the 49ers passed on TWICE), he would be a good choice for them in terms of game-breaking ability.  There' no doubt that these Top 10-15 teams need a lot, but I like the curveball here as most guys have the 49ers taking a QB or an offensive lineman (which wouldn't be a bad idea at all).

4/16/09   |   Derrich

Still think Robiske is the best WR available after Crabtree. Of course, he'll probably be picked in the 6th round and will end up being the greatest WR that ever lived. I rest my case.

(Actually, there is no basis for my argument except lack of sleep and need for coffee...but I still like Robiske).

4/16/09   |   Keeter   |   92 respect

I think that, if Sanchez is still available, they'll take him.     Lets face it, he's not a BAD QB, could take over next year perhaps, and the California connection certainly may help sell some tickets as well !!

Plus.......I think Maclin's going to the Raiders as a slight surprise pick at 7..............

4/16/09   |   JKB37   |   2409 respect

Great Article.  Good Pick.  I think if Andre Smith is still on the board at this point they take him..