In his latest mock draft, in an Insider piece, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay believes the San Francisco 49ers will shore up the defensive line.
He has Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III tabbed for the 49ers. Nix is a high quality player and he would be good value at No. 30, where the 49ers pick. But the 49ers are deep on the defensive line.
McShay has Nix as the pick because his mock has a late first-round run on receivers and cornerbacks. Those are the 49ers’ biggest needs.
Still, the 49ers, who are poised to have 13 draft picks, have the capability to trade up in the first round. If they think that's what it would take to get Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks or Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin, the 49ers would.