While many Forever Faithful are debating what position the San Francisco 49ers should target in the first-round, there are plenty of other debates that should be discussed beyond round-one. For instance, what should the 49ers do in the second-round as they hold the 46th pick. Of course, it all depends on what the 49ers do in the first-round, however there are a few prospects that may be of good value if they are still available.
There is no question the 49ers top two pressing needs on the defensive side of the ball is cornerback and inside linebacker. And while some may believe that inside linebacker is the most glaring need of the two, I would disagree as the team still has ILB NaVorro Bowman and ILB Michael Wilhoite ready to relish starting roles.
In a weak inside linebacker draft class, no linebacker in my opinion is worthy of a first-round selection let alone a top 15 pick (which the 49ers currently hold). However, should Miami ILB Denzel Perryman somehow fall to the 49ers at 46, the 49ers should strongly consider him.
A natural born leader with the instincts to match makes Perryman an intriguing prospect in the second-round. And while some would point out that he’s not a three-down linebacker in the NFL as he doesn’t have the speed to cover tight-ends or running backs out of the flat, it’s his read-and-react style of play that allows him to consistently make plays. Ranked by NFL network’s Mike Mayock as the 5th best inside linebacker in this year’s draft — I can’t help but think that Perryman would be a nice gem as he comes from a football factory.
And if they pass on Perryman or if he’s off the board, do not count out one of my top sleepers in Ole Miss CB Senquez Golson.
Ranked number 32 on my Big Board, Golson would be a nice addition to the team’s cornerback unit. And while he lacks prototypical size as he’s under 6-0, his coverage skills are elite of any cornerback in this draft class. Not to mention, Golson ran a 4.46 40-yard dash you can see why he would be a nice addition to the 49ers.
But what if Golson is off the board? Well there is another cornerback who I believe would be worthy of the 46th selection in Ohio State CB Doran Grant.
Like Golson, Grant does not have the prototypical size that GM Trent Baalke covets. But he did play in the Big Ten and Baalke loves players who come from powerhouse conferences.
The 49ers selected Ohio State product RB Carlos Hyde in the second-round last season and I wouldn’t be surprised if they did it again in 2015. Grant also displayed elite speed and strength at the NFL scouting combine when he posted a 4.44 40-yard dash while knocking out 21 reps on the bench-press, so he does have measurables the team can work with.
With the 49ers continuing to hold pre-draft visits and private workouts, do not be surprised if you hear these three names pop up as they all have the talent to succeed at the next level.