San Francisco 49ers Mock Draft Tracker

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Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State (Bill Frakes/SI)

San Francisco 49ers 2014 NFL mock draft tracker: Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

What will the San Francisco 49ers do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 30: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

We said: Yes, the Seahawks won the Super Bowl to end the 2013 season, but the 49ers and their fans will always wonder if the story of the NFC West would have turned out differently had Michael Crabtree been on the field for the entire season. Colin Kaepernick may have Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis together in 2014, but let’s give this offense a good backup plan at the bottom of the first round. Cooks is a smaller, tough receiver with impressive speed, and the Niners could use someone to split deep coverage and allow Kaepernick to unleash his deep ball more often.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 30: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

We said: The 49ers might lose Anquan Boldin to free agency, thus leaving them shy a physical fail-safe receiver on the outside who can go snatch Colin Kaepernick’s passes from DBs. Benjamin was inconsistent for the Seminoles, yet his 6-5, 244-pound frame (matched with a 4.53 40) falls right in line with what the 49ers crave at wide receiver.

Round 2, pick 56: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida

We said: Another typical 49ers pick at 56: an athletically gifted player with high upside in Watkins.

Round 2, pick 61: Keith McGill, CB, Utah

We said: San Francisco doubles down on DBs in Round 2 with the tall, athletic McGill, who can play cornerback but has safety experience.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 30: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

We said: Receiver and cornerback are the short-term needs in San Francisco, but Hageman's potential to be a long-term force on the defensive line might change the 49ers' thinking. With Justin Smith nearing the end of his career, San Francisco would view Hageman as his eventual replacement, while hoping it can get some early production from him as he rounds off the rough edges of his game. Hageman's talent and ability aren't in question. The former high school basketball player has freakish athletic ability and might post impressive numbers in Indy and come out of the combine as one of the first round's risers. But he needs to improve his technique and show more consistent effort, and the team that takes him may have to show some first-year patience with him.

Feb. 6, 2014 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 30: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

We said: At some point in the draft, head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke will look hard at receivers, knowing that if Michael Crabtree had been healthy all season, the NFC might have gone a different way. But there’s also the matter of the defensive line over the long term — and that’s the cornerstone of Vic Fangio’s defense. Hageman, with his knack for blasting opposing linemen from the nose-shade and three-technique spots, would be an exceptional complement to Justin Smith in the short term — and Smith’s ultimate replacement over time.

Jan. 9, 2014 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 28: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

We said: NFL scouts will not love seeing the moments of inconsistency from Benjamin. What they will love is how he uses his 6-5 frame to box out defenders, as he did on the game-winning catch in the BCS title game. The 49ers obviously coveted that sort of ability in trading for Anquan Boldin, one of the best at winning contested balls. Benjamin would add another option.

Dec. 5, 2013 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 26: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

We said: The 49ers have been searching for corner help since the offseason, which explains moves to add Nnamdi Asomugha (later waived) and Eric Wright. Verrett does not have top-end size at the position, but he’s demonstrated shutdown abilities throughout his career.

Sept. 24, 2013 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 21: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

We said: The 49ers spent the preseason trying to piece together their cornerback depth chart — they signed Nnamdi Asomugha this offseason, then twice added Eric Wright. They could use an influx of young talent there, and the physical Ekpre-Olomu has shown himself to be a playmaker in Oregon’s secondary.

April 30, 2013 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 32: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

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