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2014 49ers Draft: Round by Round analysis

Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh are working through the fourth draft together
Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh are working through the fourth draft together
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The San Francisco 49ers have 11 draft picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, but it doesn't appear they will use all of them having a loaded roster. There should trade ups and downs throughout the three days, whether it's to find a player in the moment or stock up for the 2015 draft.

While a mock draft would create too much uncertainty and inaccuracy, a projection of who the 49ers could take can be done. Here is a round by round look at who the 49ers could be taking in the 2014 NFL Draft:

First Round (30th Overall):

With the 49ers having six draft picks in the top 100, they have plenty of ammunition to trade up into the middle of the first round if they desire. Cornerback is biggest position of immediate need while a deep threat wide receiver would also help. They could take a project WR to be the player to stretch the field, but with the CB class being thinner, it would be important to address the secondary. CB Justin Gilbert and WR Odell Beckham are most likely to be gone in the middle of the first round.

Trade-up Targets: WR Odell Beckham (LSU), CB Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech), Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State), CB Bradley Roby (Ohio State)

Targets at #30: CB Jason Verrett (TCU), CB Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State), WR Brandin Cooks (Oregon State), WR Marqise Lee (USC), WR Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State)


Second Round (56th and 61st Overall):

Assuming the 49ers take either a CB or WR in the first round, they should address the opposite in the second round. With the WR class having depth, there should be a plethora of receiving talent available in the second round. They can also take a pass rusher if a certain player falls to 61st overall.

Targets: WR Davante Adams (Fresno State), WR Allen Robinson (Penn State), WR Cody Latimer (Indiana), CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB Pierre Desir (Lindenwood), DE/OLB Demarcus Lawrence (Boise State), LB Marcus Smith (Louisville), WR Dri Archer (Kent State), CB Keith McGill (Utah)


Third Round (77th, 94th and 100th Overall):

The 49ers could trade away either the 77th or 94th overall pick for a future pick in 2015 or even trade down if another team makes a strong offer. Their 100th overall pick is untradeable as it's the only compensatory pick they received for the 2014 NFL Draft. There could be a long-term draft pick here from OL to RB as a contributor for 2015 and beyond. With this class being one full of wide receivers, they could also draft a second one in the third round.

Targets: LB Trent Murphy (Stanford), Kyle Van Noy (BYU), Jeremiah Attaochu (Georgia Tech), WR Martavis Bryant (Clemson), WR Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss), WR Paul Richardson (Colorado), LB Preston Brown (Louisville), LB Christian Jones (Florida State), OT Santrel Henderson (Miami), C Weston Richburg (Colorado State), RB Terrance West (Towson), RB Jeremy Hill (LSU), DT Caraun Reid (Princeton), CB Antone Exum (Virginia Tech)


Fourth Round (129th Overall):

A few talented players who were projected as second or third rounds picks should be slipping to the fourth round. The 49ers could have more picks at this point if they trade down. If Jim Harbaugh believes in adding a quarterback for depth, this would be the first round that a QB could be taken.

Targets: QB Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech), FS Marqueston Huff (Wyoming), TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (Iowa), OT Laurent Dunvernay-Tardiff (McGill, Canada), OL Russell Bodine (North Carolina), G Brandon Linder (Miami), G Zach Fulton (Tennessee), WR Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin)


Fifth Round (170th Overall):

We're coming in at the home stretch with the final three rounds and the 49ers should be taking the best player available on the board. Teams can be a little more risky in finding a player with character concerns or athleticism, but require more coaching.

Targets: QB David Fales (San Jose State), CB Dontae Johnson (NC State), CB Aaron Colvin (Oklahoma), RB Storm Johnson (UCF), DE Will Clarke (West Virginia), FS Lonnie Ballentine (Memphis), WR Jalen Saunders (Oklahoma)


Sixth Round (None):

The 49ers traded their sixth-round pick to acquire Blaine Gabbert, making him their de-facto selection in this round. They could easily acquire a pick in this round by trading down or for even a player they deem to be expendable.

Targets: LB Aaron Lynch (South Florida), LB Jordan Zumwalt (UCLA), OT Matt Pachan (Boston College), RB Rajon Neal (Tennessee)


Seventh Round (242nd, 243rd, 245th Overall):

The final round of the draft will see the 49ers with three draft picks that most likely won't be traded, unless it's part of a package to go up. Almost anything goes in this round, from an athletic player, to someone with size or even hard hitter for special teams.

Targets: SS Deron Furr (Fort Valley State), WR Albert Wilson (Georgia State), TE Nic Jacobs (McNesse State), QB Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), LB Nate Askew (Texas A&M), SS Vinnie Sunseri (Alabama), WR John Brown (Pittsburgh St.), FS Eric Pinkins (San Diego State)


Note: Anything from the sixth and seventh ronds are almost interchangeable as there should be a strong difference of opinion among teams and their draft boards.

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