The 2015 NFL Draft is fast approaching, and that means that every diehard San Francisco 49ers fan under the sun will be debating, debating, and debating some more over who the team should pick in the first round. With that being said, there may be some guys mentioned who are more likely than others. Here's our list of the 5 Players The Experts Say The 49ers Will Draft In The First Round.
CB Marcus Peters - Washington
Peters has some red flags regarding his character after repeated arguments with Washington Huskies assistant coaches led to his dismissal from the program. However, from a pure talent perspective, Peters is the best defensive back in the entire draft bar none. If Jim Tomsula's passion and unwavering vision is any indication, Peters could fall into line and thrive in San Francisco.
OLB Shane Ray - Missouri
Ray could very well be a top-ten talent, but it's still plausible that he could fall to the 49ers at #15. Smith is athletic enough to shift from a 4-3 DE to a 3-4 OLB, and his presence on the roster could give the franchise some flexibility in negotiations with Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks after the 2015 season.
DT Arik Armstead - Oregon
Armstead has the frame (6-foot-7, 292 pounds) and the athletic ceiling to make the transition from a likely situational defender in 2015 to a true impact starter in 2016. If the 49ers' staff is willing to embark on a project with Armstead, the work put in could pay major dividends for the team's defensive line down the road.
OLB Randy Gregory - Nebraska
Randy Gregory saw his stock plummet after failing a marijuana test at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he's still an impact talent who's a pure hybrind outside linebacker/defensive end. Gregory wreaks absolute havoc when he gets just an inch of daylight behind an opposing team's offensive line, and he's another example of a guy with red flags who could make a turn-around under the demanding Jim Tomsula.
NT Danny Shelton - Washington
Shelton's got the 49er Empire in his blood, as he comes from a family in Sacramento full of San Francisco 49ers fans. Fleet of foot despite weighing it at a cool 345 pounds, Shelton provides a unique balance of brute force and deft lateral movement that could help him anchor the 49ers' D-line for years to come.
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