San Francisco 49ers 2015 Draft Preview

( – San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke hasn’t been
real conventional in recent months basically running off a coaching
heavyweight, Jim Harbaugh, for a guy, Jim Tomsula, who came off like a
“Saturday Night Live” skit in some early interviews.

For that reason the 49ers are a wild card in this process because Baalke’s not
afraid to think outside the box. With Justin Smith set on retirement and Ray
McDonald gone, bolstering the defensive line should be paramount and fast-
rising Florida State defensive tackle Mario Edwards Jr., who really put
together some average tape while in Tallahassee but possesses freakish
athleticism, is a possibility.

Inside linebacker is also a necessity after the retirements of studs Patrick
Willis and Chris Borland but it’s hard to justify taking players like UCLA’s
Eric Kendricks or Mississippi State’s Benardrick McKinney in the middle of the
first round.

2014 Record: 8-8

Top Needs: ILB, DL, CB, WR

First Three Picks: No. 15, No. 46, No. 79

Number of Selections: 9 (1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7)

RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2014 – Jimmie Ward (S, Northern Illinois); 2013 –
Eric Reid (S, LSU); 2012 – A.J. Jenkins (WR, Illinois); 2011 – Aldon Smith
(OLB, Missouri); 2010 – Anthony Davis (OT, Rutgers), Mike Iupati (G, Idaho);
2009 – Michael Crabtree (WR, Texas Tech); 2008 – Kentwan Balmer (DL, North
Carolina); 2007 – Patrick Willis (LB, Ole Miss), Joe Staley (T, Central
Michigan); 2006 – Vernon Davis (TE, Maryland), Manny Lawson (OLB, North
Carolina State); 2005 – Alex Smith (QB, Utah)