49ers' Day 2 targets: Baalke likes depth of receiver pool

49ers' Day 2 targets: Baalke likes depth of receiver pool
May 9, 2014, 11:15 am
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After five receivers went in the first round, Clemson's Martavis Bryant is looking like the top deep threat left on the board. (AP)

The 49ers still have more needs to address, including a tall corner. (AP)

The 49ers did not make the expected move to trade up in Round 1 of the NFL Draft, so that leaves the team with a lot of options for Friday’s second and third rounds.

Here are the 49ers’ scheduled draft picks for Friday:

Second round: Kansas City pick in 2013 Alex Smith trade, No. 24 (No. 56 overall)
Second round: Own pick, No. 29 (No. 61 overall)
Third round: Tennessee pick in 2013 draft day trade, No. 13 (No. 77 overall)
Third round: Own pick, No. 30 (No. 94 overall)
Third round: Compensatory, No. 36 (No. 100 overall)

The 49ers’ top needs remain cornerback –- even with the addition of safety/nickel back Jimmie Ward –- and wide receiver.

“We feel good about the wide receiver corps all the way through the draft,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. “We feel there’s going to be value to be had at every level. That is one of the positions we’ve felt all along had some depth to it.”

The top receivers available at the start of the second round are Marqise Lee (USC), Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt), Cody Latimer (Indiana), Davante Adams (Fresno State), Allen Robinson (Penn State), Martavis Bryant (Clemson), Bruce Ellington (South Carolina), Donte Moncrief (Mississippi), Jarvis Landry (LSU) and Paul Richardson (Colorado).

Any receiver the 49ers add will not be able to beat out Anquan Boldin or Michael Crabtree for a starting job. A newcomer would have to beat out veteran Brandon Lloyd and second-year player Quinton Patton for the right to get on the field approximately 30- to 40-percent of the time in three-receiver personnel packages.

The list of cornerbacks who remain on the board includes Bashaud Breeland (Clemson), Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska), Pierre Desir (Lindenwood) and Keith McGill (Utah).

But receiver and cornerback are not the only positions under consideration for the 49ers’ picks on Friday. Other spots of interest could include . . .

Defensive line: The 49ers will add two healthy players from last year’s draft, Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial. But with Justin Smith nearing the end, if the best player on their board is a lineman, they’ll pounce. Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame), Timmy Jernigan (Florida State), Louis Nix (Notre Dame), Ra’Shede Hageman (Minnesota) are still available.

Outside linebacker: The 49ers can use more depth at this spot, especially with Aldon Smith’s status up in the air. Kony Ealy (Missouri), Scott Crichton (Oregon State), Kyle Van Noy (BYU), Trent Murphy (Stanford) and Demarcus Lawrence (Boise State) are the top fits for a 3-4 scheme.

Inside linebacker: NaVorro Bowman is expected to miss the first six weeks of the season as he rehabs from his knee injury. The 49ers would like to supply Michael Wilhoite with some competition. Preston Brown (Louisville), Shayne Skov (Stanford) and Carl Bradford (Arizona State) would have a chance to get on the field.

Running back: The 49ers have drafted a running back in seven of the past eight drafts. Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter enter the final years of their contracts. Terrance West (Towson), Storm Johnson (Central Florida) and Tyler Gaffney (Stanford) are options.

Offensive line: Center Daniel Kilgore is slated to take over for Jonathan Goodwin. He might receive some competition from a player, such as Marcus Martin (USC) or Weston Richburg (Colorado State). Baalke is known to like the group of offensive linemen, as a whole.

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