Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
NO. Not this.
I like what Phoenix brings to this draft forum, but that attitude is downright disrespectful and close-minded.
Culliver has plenty of solid moments at CB, but it's a mixed bag. Moving him to FS does make sense in many ways. First.. it puts Rogers back at LCB where he belongs. Not sure what some were watching, but Rogers as a NCB was a mess. The guy does not have the click and close recovery to keep up in the slot. Culliver shadows receivers well, but has poor ability to shadow AND locate the ball once it is on its way. Culliver has remarkable speed (range) for the safety position, and he's physical as well. He could easily benefit from seeing the plays develop in front of him... then closing with that speed.. and making a play with that long reach. He has prior experience at S and a full offseason would get him sharpened up... more so than any damn rookie. This is also a sweet CB draft class, so it isn't as if we would be desperately inept at filling in at CB.
So it should be fine to express the opinion of Cully to FS without someone being rude and puffing out their chest to shut that down.
... but if we go with an early rookie safety that could play either S spot? I like Swearinger or Reid in rd 2 (prefer both at SS) or Rambo in rd 3.
I'll put down money against anyone that Culliver stays at cornerback. He has the perfect size for the position and QB's had a ridiculously low passer rating throwing the ball in his general direction. To me, he was drafted as a cornerback and will remain at cornerback, especially with Brown being a free agent next year and Rogers riding off into the sunset after this following season since his performance no longer justifies his salaryand the dead money hit will basically be nil.
You don't take a guy with excellent coverage ability and outstanding athletic prowess and move him to safety in the prime of his career after he had one bad game. To me that's emotionally-based fan logic. "This guy was one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL but struggled in the Superbowl..clearly he needs to move to safety."
Crazier things have happened in the past but to me, there's not a chance of that. I think he's penciled in as a long-term starter for the 49ers at CB with a future draft pick at the other spot. Culliver is more valuable to the 49ers as a cornerback than as a free safety. With this draft being absolutely loaded with safeties, the 49ers easily could go with a quality rookie that can be a starter from day 1.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Mar 20, 2013 at 13:08:59 ]