Here’s a list of the 49ers draft picks in the 2013 NFL Draft:
Eric Reid, free safety, LSU – round 1, 18th overall – Niners trade up to get their likely Dashon Goldson replacement.
Tank Carradine, defensive end, Florida State – round 2, 40th overall – Could see time as a pass rushing outside linebacker a la Aldon Smith, but seen long term as a potential successor to Justin Smith at defensive end in the 3-4.
Vance McDonald, tight end, Rice – round 2, 55th overall – He’ll step into Delanie Walker’s old role as a blocking secondary tight end. Potentially could be another red zone target for Kaepernick.
Corey Lemonier, defensive end, Auburn – round 3, 88th overall – Another defensive player. Hmm, I sense a theme going here. Can play standing up as an OLB or with his hand down. Fast for a guy his size (6-foot-4, 255), with a 4.55 40. More depth for the defensive front.
Quinton Patton, wide receiver, Louisiana Tech – round 4, 128th overall – Put up big numbers in La. Tech’s prolific passing attack. Could also have a role in the Niners’ return game. He’ll jump into an already crowded group vying for playing time at the third receiver position. Could become deep threat for the offense with 4.48 speed.
Marcus Lattimore, running back, South Carolina – round 4, 131st overall – 49ers get the biggest steal of the draft. Devastating knee injury will keep him out the entire 2013 season. (Don’t click that link if you don’t want to have PTSD.) But arguably the best RB in this class when back to full health. He’ll likely be Frank Gore’s successor as the Niners’ featured back with the chance for a seamless transition between the two a few years down the line. It’s an ideal situation for both sides.
Quinton Dial, defensive end, Alabama – round 5, 157th overall – 49ers just keep adding to their defensive front. Also did this to Aaron Murray last year:
Nick Moody, outside linebacker, Florida State – round 6, 180th overall – Converted safety. Projected as a special teams player, particularly on kickoffs. 49ers still salty about that Jacoby Jones return in the Super Bowl.
B.J. Daniels, quarterback, USF – round 7, 237th overall – Read-option QB insurance.
Carter Bykowski, offensive tackle, Iowa State – round 7, 246th overall – We wish the best of luck to Carter in trying to break into that venerated offensive line.
Marcus Cooper, cornerback, Rutgers – round 7, 252nd overall – More defense? Eh, what the hell? By now you’re looking at potential practice squad players, anyway.