Our staff at cover32 has broken down the top players at just about every position in this year’s draft.
Now we get to the good stuff: cornerbacks.
The 49ers need to take someone in this group. Their current depth chart at cornerback reads as follows (in semi-particular order):
– Tramaine Brock: He beat out Nnamdi Asomugha for the No. 3 spot last offseason and hasn’t looked back. Brock is the most reliable corner in the 49ers secondary. His play in 2013 earned him a four-year contract extension. He’s a star in the making.
– Chris Culliver: He has earned the team’s confidence despite missing all of 2013 with a torn ACL. It seems like a stretch to think of him a No. 2. He’d be better fit as a No. 3, but the 49ers have no better options.
– Chris Cook: A vastly underperforming high-round draft pick, Cook was a quintessential draft bust for the Minnesota Vikings. He was taken 34th overall in 2010 and, in four years, totaled zero interceptions, and 101 tackles in 34 games. Cook allowed a league-worst nine touchdowns in 2013, according to Pro Football Focus. Still, the 49ers still signed him to a one-year deal this offseason.
– Perrish Cox: He came up huge in place of Carlos Rogers during the 49ers’ playoff run last season. But his experience had more to do with the 49ers signing Cox to a one-year deal last month than his talent. They’re better off with him than without him. That’s the best thing I can say about Cox.
– Eric Wright: I’m still trying to figure out why the 49ers re-signed him for another year. He’s a talented veteran, but Wright didn’t play much in 2013.
Given their situation at cornerback, plus the fact this is one of the deepest draft classes ever at wide receiver, the 49ers will almost certainly take a corner with their first pick at No. 30. They can’t afford not to.
Realistically, I think they’ll go with Kyle Fuller of Virginia Tech, Jason Verrett of TCU or Bradley Roby of Ohio State.
What are your thoughts?
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