The SB Nation two-round NFL mock draft continues along with each lead NFL team blogger making the pick for their team. Up now is the San Francisco 49ers with the No. 30 pick.
With the 30th pick in the 2012 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select Georgia Tech wider receiver Stephen Hill.
David Fucillo runs our 49ers site Niners Nation. He recently started to do work for SB Nation's NFL wing in a well-earned promotion, so public kudos to him. He breaks down the pick after the jump and I attempt a response. Check out Fooch and the latest on the 49ers at NinersNation.com.
David Fucillo explains: The San Francisco 49ers have put themselves in a position where they can with the long-term future in mind, as opposed to getting immediate big production. The 49ers added Mario Manningham and Randy Moss this offseason, but even if they both play well this year, the only receiver signed beyond 2013 is Michael Crabtree. Stephen Hill is a very raw prospect, but the 49ers are in a position where they can develop him without rushing him. At the same time, his performance at the Combine and his YAC this past season show a guy who can make significant contributions at the next level. The 49ers are looking for Moss to stretch the field, but if the veteran receiver shows his age, Hill could be the guy who can stretch things out. Other possibilities at this spot include Coby Fleener, offensive line help, or trading down.
Dan Kadar responds: If this were the pick for the 49ers, it would be wide receiver overload and the big losers are Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams. But regardless, I still like the pick. I wouldn't if Manningham and Moss weren't added. Hill needs to go to a team where he can be eased into the offense while he learns a full route tree. With Manningham and Moss there, Hill could be used in a similar fashion to how the Ravens used Torrey Smith. Guard Kevin Zeitler would have been the ideal choice for San Francisco, but he went one pick before this one.
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