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The 49ers currently own 11 picks, but they do not figure to come out of this week’s draft with 11 new players to add to their roster.
A year ago, the 49ers made only two selections in their original draft spots – not including compensatory picks, which cannot be traded. So expect the 49ers to trade up and move back, as well as make a few of their scheduled picks. And, of course, expect the unexpected.
The moving could happen early. Multiple league sources have indicated they believe the 49ers will trade up Thursday from the No. 30 overall pick to target a wide receiver.
Here’s one projection of how the 49ers’ draft might go Thursday, Friday and Saturday:
First round (trade up from No. 30): WR Odell Beckham, LSU
He can play flanker, split end and slot. He had very good hands and can handle the team’s punt-return chores from Day 1. Beckham gets the edge over Brandin Cooks (Oregon State) because he’s taller by 1 ½ inches with arms 2 inches longer and a vertical jump that is 2 ½ inches greater.
Second round (No. 56 overall): Traded
Dealt in first round to trade up for Beckham.
Second round (No. 61 overall): OLB Marcus Smith, Louisville
A team can never have too many pass-rushers, and Smith was one of the best pass-rushers in college football last season. The 49ers still expect Aldon Smith to miss some time due to a possible league suspension, and Marcus Smith can compete for a significant role in Smith’s absence. And when the 49ers are full strength, the rookie can still win a spot as part of a rotation.
Third round (No. 77 overall): CB Bashaud Breeland, Clemson
OK, this is a bit of a surprise because everybody assumes this position will be addressed earlier. Breeland has good size at 5 foot 11 3/8 with good ability to play the ball at its highest point. He is also sound in run support and is known as a hard-worker and a strong locker room presence.
Third round (No. 94 overall): RB Terrance West, Towson
He has Frank Gore size with a similar running style. He can see the field immediately by taking over for Anthony Dixon as a core special-teams player. As early as next season, he could share the load with Marcus Lattimore.
Third round (No. 100 overall): LB Shayne Skov, Stanford
There are several legitimate Stanford products from which the 49ers can choose in this draft. Skov could compete with Michael Wilhoite for the starting job while NaVorro Bowman is out. And Skov could be a top special-teams contributor.
Fourth round (No. 129 overall): CB Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma
He sustained a torn ACL during a practice before the Senior Bowl. While that might scare off some teams, the 49ers see it as an opportunity to stash him on the non-football injury list for the season.
Fifth round (No. 170 overall): OT Matt Patchan, Boston College
The 49ers like this class of offensive linemen. There are a lot of options, including another possible redshirt selection, Clemson’s Brandon Thomas, who recently tore his ACL. Patchan has the versatility to play both tackle and guard positions.
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Seventh round (No. 242 overall): QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
There’s no questioning his arm talent – only some of his decision-making. Coach Jim Harbaugh will relish the opportunity to develop Thomas into a backup behind Colin Kaepernick for the 2015 season.
Seventh round (No. 243 overall): S Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama
The 49ers have their starting safeties, but Sunseri could be groomed to eventually take over for Antoine Bethea two or three years down the road. But before he has the chance to land in the starting lineup, he’ll be a core special-teams contributor.
Seventh round (No. 245 overall): OLB Michael Sam, Missouri
He was a tremendously productive player in the best conference in college football. In the seventh round, his value is too difficult to ignore.