Five players who 49ers may draft first
The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows forecasts the selections in Thursday’s first round of the NFL draft. Quarterbacks Jared Goff of Cal and Carson Wentz of North Dakota State are expected to be the top two picks, but uncertainly reigns thereafter. The 49ers could land Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner at No. 7 and the Raiders might wind up with Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland at No. 14.
Jared Goff, QB, Cal
Hollywood’s best-kept secret: Rock Hudson was gay. Worst-kept secret: Goff to Rams.
Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Wentz scored a stellar 40 on his Wonderlic intelligence test. Take that, Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan (who scored a stellar 38).
Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi
Tunsil may be the best offensive tackle in the draft, but his surname is too phonetically close to “turnstile” to warrant being taken this early. Pick could be traded.
Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Jerry, this is Joey. Joey, Jerry.
Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and Tennessee compose the Bermuda Triangle of the NFL. So long, Jalen. Say hello to Amelia Earhart and Luke Joeckel for us.
Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
His 10 5/8 -inch hands are bigger than the other top-ranked tackles but still smaller than Donald Trump’s, according to the Big Hands/Big Plans Super Pac, which is in no way affiliated with Donald J. Trump.
DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
DeForest. DeTrees. Buckner and last year’s first-round pick, Arik Armstead, would give the 49ers two 6-foot-7 defensive ends.
Jack Conklin, OL, Michigan State
Opposing players call him “Jerk” Conklin. To an offensive lineman, that’s a lovely compliment.
Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Glazer family on phone with attorney, asking what kind of tax credit Florida offers for hiring in-state.
Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Knee-jack reaction: Good pick for Giants. They could use health on defense, have a big kneed at linebacker.
Shaq Lawson, DE/OLB, Clemson
Fact: There are more draft-eligible “Shaqs” this year (five) than there are “Jasons” (four).
Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville
If he is selected this early, Rankins really ought to write a thank-you note to Aaron Donald.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Ezekiel 4:28: And He who shall be chosen here shall spilleth into the end zone and filleth fantasy football owners with fortune and mirth.
Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
Reggie McKenzie is figuring out the trick to this general manger thing: spend a lot of time in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Good news: Tennessee led the league in one offensive category last year. Bad news: It was sacks allowed (54).
Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
Dodd has been accused of being a one-hit wonder. Actually, he had 62 hits last year, 24 behind the line of scrimmage.
Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
Lee would be the fifth Buckeye taken in the first round. Idea: Give the Browns a year off, see what Ohio State can do in the AFC North.
Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
Quarterback Andrew Luck has taken so many hits in recent years his backup decided to retire this offseason.
Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Mississippi
You know what Bills coach Rex Ryan calls an eccentric prospect who falls out of hotel windows and who wants a panther for a pet? My kind of guy.
Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
Suggested title of Spence biography after his draft stock fell because of overuse of party drugs: “The Ecstasy and the Agony.”
Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama
General manager Scot McCloughan likes big-bodied rushers the way Flemish painter Rubens liked full-figured models. At 307 pounds, Reed is stout, powerful and Rubenesque.
Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Note to self: Something about staying in Texas? Maybe tie in the “Coreys” from those 80s movies? Don’t worry. The draft is not till April 28, plenty of time to think of something funny.
Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Doctson’s a fluid athlete but needs more body mass to handle press corners and Minneapolis winters.
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
Bengals discouraged to discover Treadwell has no arrests, wonder how he’ll fit in with teammates.
Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
Apple is coming out with popular new product in Pittsburgh area, the iPick.
Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
Scientists baffled by two questions: How life can exist in outer space? And how it can exist behind Seattle’s current offensive line?
Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor
How stocky and low-to-the-ground is Billings? He enters rooms without opening the door.
William Jackson III, CB, Houston
He sounds like the Glazer family attorney.
Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
Apprenticing behind Carson Palmer in the Cardinals’ aggressive, downfield offense? Lynch probably wants to go higher, but this would be an ideal spot.
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
Carolina was forced to get by last year with Jared Allen at pass rusher. If you see Jared, wish him a happy 61st birthday. Be sure to speak into his ear horn.
Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
Denver’s goal this season: Keep Peyton Manni...uh...Trevor Siemian upright.
*New England Patriots forfeited first-round pick, 29th overall.