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NFL Mock Draft 2012: 49ers Select Amini Silatolu According to Don Banks' Final Mock

With the 2012 NFL Draft about 24 hours away, everyone is just giddy with excitement over whom the San Francisco 49ers will take with their first round pick.

One of those folks in Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, who in his final mock draft before the actual draft has the 49ers selecting OG Amini Silatolu out of Midwestern State.

Here is Banks with the commentary:

The 49ers' need at right guard has led them to do their homework on Silatolu, and they like what they see of the small-school standout. As much as the re-pairing of Stanford tight end Coby Fleener and Jim Harbaugh might have made sense, he would represent something of a luxury pick for the 49ers.

The 49ers used two first round picks on offensive lineman a few seasons ago on Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati, but could look to do the same again with Silatolu. He certainly is a solid talent, though they may be better served using their pick elsewhere, possibly an offensive weapon. Nevertheless, another big body protecting Alex Smith is always a good thing.

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