2013 NFL Draft - San Francisco 49ers

Posted Apr 29, 2013

San Francisco 49ers - NFC West, 2013 Draft Selections & Prospects


San Francisco 49ers

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas City |  Oakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay    
- 2012 San Francisco Draft Breakdown
- 2011 San Francisco Draft Breakdown
- 2010 San Francisco Draft Breakdown 

The Draft Was ... way, way overhyped. LSU safety Eric Reid was a good get with the 18th overall pick, but that might have been a few selections too early. Florida State's Tank Carradine is the best defensive end in the draft, and now he'll get the time to heal up from a knee injury after being taken in the second round. Also getting a year or two to get better is Marcus Lattimore, who'll get plenty of time to get his knee right, but he'll likely be nothing more than a fourth round producer, at best, considering his health history. Louisiana Tech receiver Quinton Patton might be the best value pick, but the talent quickly falls off the map with none of the final five picks from the fifth round and on not likely to stick.
Best Value Pick: WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech in the 4th round
Worst Value Pick: RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina in the 4th round
They Should've ... taken Jarvis Jones in the first round. There were several good safeties around in the first round, but for a team that values athletic pass rushers – the Niners spent a third on Auburn's Corey Lemonier – taking the best pure backfield closer in the draft could've been the one missing piece needed to take the team to another level. Reid was a solid first round selection, but Jones would've sent shockwaves through the NFC.
Division Draft Ranking: 2
Conference Draft Ranking: 8


FS Eric Reid, LSU
(Jr.) 6-1, 213
Overall Pick No. 18 CFN Position Rank: 1

CFN Analysis: While he's not a big-time playmaker for the next level, he'll start right away in the 49er secondary and will instantly be a leader and a key part to a potential championship puzzle. The best all-around safety in the draft, he might not be flashy, but he'll fit in nicely as a good value pick considering Kenny Vaccaro going a few picks earlier.

A pure baller, he's a good, sound veteran who can rattle receiver with his huge hits. A leader among pro caliber defensive backs, he's the quarterback who knows where everyone needs to be as he sees the game four steps ahead of everything else. Right for any system and extremely coachable, he'll do whatever is needed to produce. As aggressive as they come, he beats up receivers on the way to get the ball, winning more than his share of battles. Surrounded by superior talent. He was a part of one of the most talented secondaries in college football over the last few years - he didn't have to do as much as other top safeties. While he'll get torched a bit and he tends to go for the big play and pop rather just do the necessary, he has all the skills with great quickness and good enough speed to be a perennial All-Pro. Everything is there to be special.
CFN Projection: Second Round


DE Cornellius Carradine, Florida State 6-4, 276
Overall Pick No. 40 CFN Position Rank: 1
In a boom-or-bust draft for defensive ends, and without a sure-thing future Pro Bowler, there's no one with more upside or potential – if there aren't any sure-thing superstars, go for the home run.

Yes, there was a time not all that long ago when Carradine wasn't even the third best end on his own team, but that changed once he got a shot to show what he could do, proving to be far steadier than Bjoern Werner and a far more active run stopper than Brandon Jenkins.

A JUCO superstar, "Tank" stepped in at Florida State and immediately became one of the team's best all-around defensive players with tremendous size, phenomenal speed and athleticism to go along with the willingness and drive to get to the ball and make the tough tackles. Tackle-strong against power running games, he doesn't stay blocked and is always moving and always working. But there's one major problem – he tore his ACL late in the season.

Selecting him requires taking a chance on greatness considering he needs at least a year to get back to form, but in a way the time off could be a blessing in disguise. He needs technique work and he'll need plenty of fine-point tweaking, so a redshirt year to get acclimated to a pro environment could be a step back initially to come out roaring two years from now. If it wasn't for the knee injury he'd be a sure-thing first rounder, and he could play up to that level in a big hurry once he works his way back into form.
CFN Projection: Third Round

TE Vance McDonald, Rice 6-4, 267
Overall Pick No. 55 CFN Position Rank: 10
A phenomenal receiver, he's big and can move just enough to slip past linebackers and make the short-to-midrange play. He's not a blocker considering his size and he's not fast enough to be an elite target, but who plays much faster than his timed speed. Tough, he doesn't go down with one pop and can drag tacklers for a few extra yards. The offseason workouts have been impressive and he has looked the part of an NFL target. Ten years ago he would've been a far stronger prospect, but now that the game has changed to more athletic tight ends he slips back a bit. Even so, he should be a decent No. 2 target who can shine as an occasional go-to receiver.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round


DE Corey Lemonier, Auburn (Jr.) 6-3, 255
Overall Pick No. 88 CFN Position Rank: 14
With good enough quickness to get by, he has the potential to become a top pass rushing specialist with a little bit of time. Creative, he has a nice repertoire of moves and is able to find a way to be disruptive even when nothing else is working. There isn't much more room to get bigger, already rocked up and in fantastic shape, he's strong and looks the part in workouts. Throw in the great motor, and he has the basics to do a little of everything right as an end or an outside linebacker. He's not going to be a run stopper and he's going to get bullied by anyone who locks on, and he's not quite athletic enough to make up for the other issues. He'll probably be taken at least a round too early, but he's worth a mid-round flier.
CFN Projection: Third Round


WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech 6-0, 204
Overall Pick No. 128 CFN Position Rank: 6
The numbers might have been inflated in the Louisiana Tech pass-happy offense, but he had a lot to do with that. The 4.5 speed isn't great and he's not huge and bulky, but he'll be a reliable possession target who'll make the midrange play time and again. There won't be anything flashy about his play, but he'll catch pass after pass. A key leader for a great offense, he has great character and is extremely coachable as the type of guy you want to be a part of your team. A great route runner, there's no wasted motion in getting open. The hands aren't fantastic and he's not explosive, but he'll be a sure-thing, bread-and-butter short-range receiver who'll put up big pass catch numbers. He'll be a quarterback's best friend.
CFN Projection: Second Round

RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina (Jr.) 5-11, 221
Overall Pick No. 131 CFN Position Rank: 15
A cautionary tale for all top pro prospects, before suffering a devastating knee injury in the middle of last season he was considered a sure-thing first rounder, the top back in the draft and likely a top ten pick. On character he's still the type of player you want on your team, and he still has tremendous size, strength and fight, but can he ever be the same back? It's not just one knee injury he's coming back from; it's two bad ones suffering a torn ACL in each knee. While other backs have returned from major knee problems, he wasn't as sudden and didn't have the burst last season before getting hurt again, and this injury was worse than the first one. Everyone is rooting for him – he's the type of guy you want to see succeed – but at this point there are too many negatives and concerns to take before the middle rounds. Someone will be fired up to take him as a chance on greatness after the top 100 picks.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round


DT Quinton Dial, Alabama 6-5, 318
Overall Pick No. 157 CFN Position Rank: 20
Huge with NFL size, strength and toughness he knows exactly how to handle himself against the run with just enough want-to to get into the backfield from time to time and occasionally get to the quarterback. However, he's never going to be an interior pass rusher on a consistent basis and he needs to stick on the inside of the line and occupy blockers to be effective. The tools and body are too impressive to not get a long look as a possible starter in a 3-4 scheme, but he'll make his money as a key backup who holds firm on running downs and stuffs everything up against the power teams.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round


OLB Nick Moody, Florida State 6-1, 236
Overall Pick No. 180 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked


QB B.J. Daniels, USF 5-11, 216
Overall Pick No. 237 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked

OT Carter Bykowski, Iowa State 6-7, 303
Overall Pick No. 246 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked

CB Marcus Cooper, Rutgers 6-2, 192
Overall Pick No. 252 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked