San Francisco 49ers: Defensive draft prospects pt 1

NFL Draft lioThe San Francisco 49ers staple has always been defense during the Jim Harbaugh era and with free agency and key players getting older, adding depth to this already stacked roster in this draft will be paramount.  Here are some players on the defensive side of the ball that the 49ers will look at in this upcoming draft.

Cornerbacks

Jason Verett,  TCU

With Tarell Brown signing with Oakland and Carlos Rogers being cut, the 49ers will likely go with Trumaine Brock and Chris Culliver as starters but after that it becomes a bit of a question mark.  Although getting a cornerback makes the most sense I doubt that San Francisco will trade up to get guys like Gilbert and Dennard so if Verett is available they should definitely select him.  Verett’s speed allows him to cover those speedy receivers that have become a big part of offenses in today’s NFL and his ball skill make him a play-maker on defense.

Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

Fuller is not the athlete that Verett in terms of speed but he does possess size at six feet.  This guy can cover the bigger wideouts and occasionally a tight end or two.  Although he may not may many plays in terms of turnovers, he will make the right play a majority of the time.  He’s not flashy but very steady and should make a decent pro.

Bradley Roby, Ohio State

Roby has all the tools to be the best corner in the draft.  He is a speedy (4.39 40) guy who is also very physical and can intercept the ball as well.  He may get over aggressive at times and has had games where he has been torched by the opposing receiver but if he can harness that athletic ability and improve his football IQ he can definitely be a starter in the NFL.

Linebackers

Ryan Shazier, Linebacker Ohio St.

The linebacker position would be the last spot you would consider the 49ers adding depth to but with the injury to Navorro Bowman I could see them selection Shazier.  Last season he led the Big Ten in tackles and his speed and quickness allow him to be active against both the pass, the run, and can pressure the quarterback from time to time.  He won’t overwhelm you with his size but his skills alone allow him to be an every down linebacker for a championship defense like San Francisco’s.

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