2010 NFL Mock Draft, Fans' Picks Edition: No. 13 - San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are in an interesting spot here, because, thanks to the Oakland Raiders having a fanbase of collective geniuses, there are plenty of surprising players still on the board. For instance, Joe Haden and Trent Williams are both available ... somehow.
Oh, and also, because the Panthers' front office is about the equivalent to those black/silver folks on the bay, the Niners have another pick coming soon, too, which means San Francisco can eye down who needs what in between its two picks.
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Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoms -- Critics who complain about Williams state that he doesn't have "force," although it's hard to argue that someone who's 6-foot-5, 315 pounds can't generate a little power. Williams' speed (a 4.81 40 at the Combine), deft footwork and upside could make him a nice addition to the 49ers' offense. With guys like Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree in place, San Francisco needs to start building on the line.
Joe Haden, CB, Florida -- Some people might be asking, "WTF is Haden still doing out here???" Excellent question. Apparently, the relative infatuation with over-hyped quarterbacks has allowed Haden to slip this far. Also, he had shoddy Combine times. However, anyone who's seen tape knows he's a player. The added bonus is that there are several top flight (or close to it) offensive lineman available -- grabbing Haden now could equal a serious haul for the Niners in the first round.
Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee -- Another player who's somewhat shockingly still on the board when the Niners gear up for their first pick; Williams provides the total interior line package at a superb value this late. At 6-2, 327, he's the definition of "lane-clogger," and no one would fault the Niners if they started thinking "best defensive player available" here.
Earl Thomas, S, Texas -- Thomas is, without question, the second-best safety on all draft boards, and probably likely to play cornerback in the NFL. Second isn't even the first loser here, as Eric Berry's hands-down better than anyone else. With his anti-Haden Combine, there's always a possibility that the Niners would consider him here (or realize they could get one of Thomas/Haden with their next pick).