The draft is also extremely deep and rich in wide receiver, a need for this team. That’s why the 49ers could target a receiver in the first round, and then go with a cornerback with one of their two second-round picks. Why?
Most of the cornerbacks in the second round are taller, stronger player who can contend with the bigger receivers in the NFC West. With Seattle having so much success with big corners such as Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner and Byron Maxwell, the rest of the league is looking at long cover
In the second round, long corners like Nebraska’s Stanley Jean-Baptiste (6-3, 218), Utah’s Keith McGill (6-3, 211), Lindenwood’s Pierre Desir (6-1, 198) will likely be there. Jean-Baptiste and McGill are so big, there’s a question that they can even play corner in the NFL. If not, they will likely be safeties.
But that could be OK with the 49ers as well. No one likes position flexibility more than they do.
In the first round, several good receivers could drop to them including LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. Former general manager and NFL network analyst Charlie Casserly calls Beckham a faster, smoother Michael Crabtree.