Maiocco's first round mock: 49ers trade up

Maiocco's first round mock: 49ers trade up
May 7, 2014, 1:30 pm
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In his final year at LSU, Odell Beckham Jr. averaged 19.6 yards per catch and went over 1,000 yards. (USATSI)

Odell Beckham is a high-character guy that yielded great production at LSU, making him a 'gold-helmet' prospect. (USATSI)

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1, Houston DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina: He’s going No. 1. But to which team? Texans are open to a trade.

2, St. Louis OT Greg Robinson, Auburn: In Jeff Fisher’s head-coaching career, his teams had never chosen O-lineman in first round.

3, Jacksonville QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: And TV does not show remainder of first round because all they can do is talk about “Johnny Football!”

4, Cleveland WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson: Who’s their quarterback, again? Well, that guy now has Josh Gordon and Watkins.

5, RAIDERS OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo: In the movie “Draft Day,” fictional Vontae Mack was the No. 1 pick.

6, Atlanta OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M: QB Matt Ryan has not missed a game since 2009. The Falcons like it that way.

7, Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M: He’s 6 foot 4 3Ž4 with the longest arms of any receiver. That’s a margin for error any QB can appreciate.

8, Minnesota DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh: He might be in the backfield as much as any QB they would think about here.

9, Buffalo S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama: This spot is available for a trade. Failing that, Bills replace Jairus Byrd.

10, Detroit CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State: The best combination of size, speed, cover skills fits the Lions’ main area of need.

11, Tennessee OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA: He benefited from coaching of Jeff Ulbrich and Jim Mora to assist Titans in their switch to 3-4 scheme.

12, N.Y. Giants OT/OG Zack Martin, Notre Dame: Wherever he fits best is where the Giants will find a spot for versatile lineman.

13, St. Louis CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State: The Rams go young to replace swing-and-a-miss signing of Cortland Finnegan.

14, Chicago S Calvin Pryor, Louisville: An immediate upgrade in coverage and run support.

15, 49ERS (trade) WR Odell Beckham, LSU: HarBaalke trade up from No. 30 to select versatile wideout who can return punts, too.



16, Dallas DE Kony Ealy, Missouri: Fills the void left by team’s release of DeMarcus Ware.

17, Baltimore OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan: He’s best-suited at right tackle, and that’s where the Ravens have an opening.

18, N.Y. Jets WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State: Vertically challenged? Maybe. But the vertical game is no challenge for this speedster.

19, Miami TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina: Although they need help on O-line, Ebron is not here for his blocking.

20, Arizona LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama: The Cardinals might actually upgrade after losing Karlos Dansby in free agency.

21, Green Bay OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State: He’ll fly to the ball to make a lot of plays while Clay Matthews stalks the other side.

22, Philadelphia WR Marqise Lee, USC: If memory serves correctly, the Eagles got rid of a wideout this offseason with SoCal ties.

23, Houston (trade with Kansas City) QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida: First-year coach Bill O’Brien gets his defensive impact player AND his quarterback.

24, Cincinnati CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech: Good size and has ability to cover smaller, quicker slot receivers.

25, San Diego CB Jason Verrett, TCU: Undersized, sure, but Santa Rosa JC product is tough as nails.

26, Cleveland QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville: The Browns will stock up on gloves to prevent repeat of his disastrous pro day.

27, New Orleans WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt: He’s got SEC records in receptions and yards, as well as bloodlines to Jerry Rice.

28, Carolina OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama: Yeah, they need to get Cam Newton some targets, but they must first protect him.

29, New England DL Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame: Has the versatility to play in their base defense and provide some pass rush, too.

30, Pittsburgh (trade from 49ers) CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska: He capitalizes on the league-wide trend toward long, physical corners.

31, Minnesota (trade with Denver) QB Derek Carr, Fresno State : Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder are the only other QBs on roster.

32, Seattle DL Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota: Tall, long-armed defender will bat down a few balls before they can even get to the Legion of Boom.