Mel Kiper Mock Draft 2012: 49ers Select Reuben Randle, WR, LSU In First Round

ESPN's Mel Kiper is known for two things: unflappable hair and scrupulous NFL mock drafts.

Kiper released his 2.0 version of the later on Wednesday, with the San Francisco 49ers selecting LSU wide receiver Reuben Randle with their first round pick, 30th overall.

Here is Kiper's analysis of the pick:

San Francisco 49ers. Record: 13-3. Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

Randle could be a steal. This is a guy who, in a more dynamic passing offense, could have been far more productive. Obviously, the combine will tell us a lot, but Randle could be preferred over Alshon Jeffery of South Carolina, because he has the length, but will be a lot quicker into and out of his breaks because he's got a leaner frame. He's better suited to beat opposing defenses over the top. The Niners need a big target in the passing game outside of Vernon Davis, and Randle could be that guy.

San Francisco has really lacked that 'go up and get it' receiver since Terrell Owens, and although few players will be at the athletic capability of T.O. back when he was a 49er, Randle would make a great addition to an offense in need of more deep threats.

For more on the Niners head over to Niners Nation. For more on the draft in general, head over to Mocking the Draft.

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