The NFL season is now complete and the 49ers are officially locked into the number seven pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Now that the season is over for most of the NFL mock drafts are now ready to kick into high gear. If you have access to the Internet and can put a few words together you probably have created a mock draft for the 2011 NFL Draft.
SB Nation released their first mock draft with some help from Dan Kadar of Mocking the Draft. The 49ers projection at this point is somewhat difficult because the team is in the midst of finding a new GM and new head coach. Accordingly most mocks must be taken with more of a grain of salt than normal. Here’s what SB Nation had to say for the 49ers:
7. San Francisco 49ers (6-10): Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (JR). The 49ers will have a new GM and a new head coach, so it’s unclear precisely what direction they’ll take at this point in time. Fairley is a safe assumption here, as he’s near best-available quality and strengthens an already-solid 49ers defense.
The 49ers needs depend in part on what defense they’ll employ in 2011. If they switch to a 4-3 defense a new defensive tackle might be necessary. In either case, I don’t see them taking a defensive tackle in the first round at this point. The team could potentially franchise nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin and they have young Ricky Jean-Francois. If Fairley would move over to defensive end that’s possible, but even then in this draft scenario I actually could see the 49ers trading down for more picks.