49ers’ Chris Culliver’s arrest impacts Niners first-round draft plans

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When news broke out that San Francisco 49ers CB Chris Culliver was arrested for felony hit-and-run, there is no doubt in my mind the 49ers will strongly consider drafting a cornerback with their 2014 first-round pick. One of the top needs anyway as the Niners need to find a young cornerback to groom, Culliver’s off-field issues may force the 49ers to expedite that ideology.


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Just a few days ago I wrote an article that the 49ers would trade up and draft WR Brandin Cooks, or WR Mike Evans if they can trade up with the Atlanta Falcons at No. 6. Our scenario was further evaluated as NFL Network talked about the possibility on the 49ers Path to the Draft. However, since Culliver’s arrest that may alter that prediction, as the Niners may now need to go cornerback, as I said:

With the 49ers preparing for this upcoming NFL Draft, Culliver’s future with the team will greatly determine what the team does with their first-round pick as cornerback may now be the unanimous No. 1 need.

Two months ago before free-agency and the new NFL league schedule started, I said the 49ers should trade up and draft either CB Justin Gilbert or CB Jason Verrett. Now, that may be a likely scenario. Let’s be honest, had the Culliver incident not happened, I would place my money on the 49ers grabbing a wide receiver simply because of the past.

People tend to forget that in 2012, the 49ers added both WR Randy Moss and WR Mario Manningham via free-agency and then added another wide receiver in the draft with WR A.J. Jenkins. However, with Culliver coming off a torn ACL and recent off-the-field setbacks, I wouldn’t be surprised if they now go cornerback with their first-round pick as they clearly need to shore up that secondary with the loss of CB Tarell Brown and CB Carlos Rogers.

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