The San Francisco 49ers draft board is all but set for the 2014 NFL Draft which will begin on May 8. This will be a new series beginning on who the 49ers could take at each position, starting with one of less importance.
Three running backs have already visited the 49ers prior to this draft even though the team has four on the depth chart. However, the team could be drafting for the long-term as Frank Gore is entering his contract season. Rounding out the mix of running backs includes Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Marcus Lattimore and practice squad RB Jewel Hampton.
While there is a high investment in Lattimore being the heir to Gore, the 49ers could use more competition for the position with a mid to late-round pick on a running back. San Francisco currently has four draft picks in the final three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft.
To start off this series, here are some running backs who could be in consideration in the upcoming draft:
Storm Johnson (Central Florida) 6-0, 209 pounds: The 49ers had Johnson come in for a visit earlier this month. He doesn't have the greatest speed, but could be a strong bruiser who can go between the tackles. He has extremely quality vision for a running back and would have the instincts to pursue the gaps in the line. Johnson is projected to be a fourth or fifth-round pick.
Terrance West (Towson) 5-9, 225 pounds: West was the second running back who was brought in for a visit in Santa Clara. He possesses great cut-back abilities along with being one of the more physical RBs. West dominated at the FCS level of football where he averaged 6.1 yards per carry where he had 2,509 rushing yards and 41 rushing touchdowns which were both records. He is currently projected as a third-round draft pick.
Terrance Cobb (University of Cumberlands) 5-10, 218 pounds: Cobb is the younger brother of Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb. He is the third RB who came in for a pre-draft visit with the 49ers and could be a durable RB if given a chance. Cobb is currently projected to be an undrafted free agent.
Rajon Neal (Tennessee) 5-11, 220 pounds: Neal would fit the bill of a running back with decent measurements where he is physical and fast for his size. He is considered to be too raw in the short term with minimal tackle breaking abilities, but has the agility and blocking for any team who wants a large running back. Neal is projected as a sixth-round draft pick.
49ers 2014 Draft Picks:
1. First round: Own pick, No. 30 overall
2. Second round: Kansas City Chiefs pick acquired for Alex Smith, No. 56 overall
3. Second round: Own pick, No. 61 overall
4. Third round: Titans pick acquired for a second round pick in a 2013 draft day trade, No. 77 overall
5. Third round: Own pick, No. 94 overall
6. Third round: Compensatory, No. 100 overall
7. Fourth round: Own pick, No. 129 overall
8. Fifth round: Own pick, No. 170 overall
9. Seventh round: Saints pick acquired for Parys Haralson, No. 242 overall
10. Seventh round: Panthers pick acquired for Colin Jones in 2012, No. 243 overall
11. Seventh round: Own pick, No. 245 overall