How 49ers releasing Marcus Cooper affects 2014 NFL Draft


For those of you who don’t know who Kansas City Chiefs CB Marcus Cooper is, it’s probably because he wasn’t the big name rookie like San Francisco 49ers FS Eric Reid. However, that is not to say that Cooper was any less important as Cooper had a stellar rookie season. Originally drafted by the 49ers in the seventh-round (No. 252) only to be released and picked up by the Chiefs just days before the regular season was underway, Cooper finished the 2013 season with 44 tackles, 3 interceptions and 20 pass break-ups. Compare those numbers to the 49ers cornerbacks and you can see where Cooper excelled.

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A big and physical cornerback as Cooper is 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, the 49ers will now be looking for a player like Cooper for the upcoming season. An aggressive corner with the height to match, look for the 49ers to target a cornerback early in the NFL Draft. And with both CB Carlos Rogers and CB Tarell Brown bolting across the bay to join the Raider Nation, cornerback is a glaring need. Not to mention, the uncertain future of CB Chris Culliver with his recent off-field incident, there is no question the 49ers will draft a cornerback early and often.

Whether trading up for a top tier cornerback such as CB Justin Gilbert or Jason Verrett or hoping a player slides to them such as Virginia Tech’s CB Kyle Fuller, the Niners will draft a cornerback or two, as they need to maintain their high level of play on the backend of their defense.
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