Originally posted by Gore_21:
Brock and Culliver are pretty thick, physical and should be our outside guy next year. I think we need a slot guy anyways. Someone quicker who can keep up with the small fast slot guys. Not sure why Rogers is playing that roll this year I think Brown is our quickest guy and should have moved into the slot when we had 3 CBs out there. Rogers then moves to the outside. Anyways, I guess you could make a case that since Culliver is only signed through next year he could leave and we could be drafting for our future #2 (brock #1 likely) after he leaves. In that case maybe we want a bigger guy but if we are looking for a slot guy then Verrett will do fine. As for using a 1st on a slot guy in todays nfl with as much as you put a #3 out there it's not a big deal. Maybe back in the day when it was smash mouth football and only 2 wrs out there you wouldnt spend a 1st on a #3 qb but things have changed. I'd be interested in seeing how much we played 3 or more cb's this year. Would be appreciated if anyone can find that stat. Anyways, we haven't taken a CB in the 1st since 2002 with Rumph and I think we are about due. Patton could be our #3 of the future and I'd be fine with taking someone in the 2nd and competing him for the #3 role. Now if Boldin isn't back I would totally agree we need to take 2 wr's, 1 in the 1st and 1 in the 2nd or 3rd.
Or he could be the #2 WR of the future, or the #1 WR of the future, I always think its funny when people put a cap on a young player's ability before he's really gotten a chance to play. If Boldin leaves, I expect Patton to move into the #2 role, something I think he is well suited for and then draft someone to be the #3 WR, hopefully someone with some deep speed to stretch a defense out or insane catching ability ala....a Landry or Abbrederis. I expect them to draft a wide receiver high either way, if Boldin walks, then perhaps another WR in the 4th or 5th round for depth purposes. I also expect them to hold on to Osgood given his special teams performance this year, so even if Boldin walks, that second rookie wouldn't be seeing the field very much in this offense. There's also the outside chance that Manningham comes back or they bring someone like Josh Morgan in on the cheap.....another Baalke bargain bin dumpster diving special that none of us saw coming...ala Skuta perhaps?
Going back to Verrett, when you have terrific talent, you take terrific talent, a guy like that you'll always find a way for him to contribute out on the field. If Verrett was a few inches taller and 10 pounds heavier we'd be talking about a guy who is a lock to be a Top 10 pick. His cover skills are outstanding, he's rarely out of position and when he is, he has the athleticism to make up for his error in a hurry. There aren't many defensive backs that you can generally say that about. The other thing I like about Verrett is that he's far from a finished product.
He went from Santa Rosa JC to TCU, he struggled early on with TCU, got beat a lot, he learned from his mistakes, improved, got even better this season and I expect that improvement to continue. It says to me that this guy has work ethic and dedication. There's always a place like that for a guy on an NFL roster. For 2014 I'd expect him to take over the nickelback role that Rogers has had which makes him a de facto starter on Fangio's defense. I think the upgrade in speed and coverage ability on smaller, quicker type receivers would be a huge upgrade for this defense. The Tavon Austion's, Golden Tate's, Wes Welker's...etc, you could match him up with them all the time.
There's also nothing that says that they can't take a second cornerback later on to develop. In every mock draft I've done, I've added two cornerbacks, figuring that both Brown and Rogers would be gone. Normally I've gone with a bigger cornerback such as Dennard or Gilbert first, followed by a smaller, slot type cornerback such as Ricardo Allen later on, but Verrett would be a tremendous selection and would allow them to pick someone later in the draft. someone more conventional to simply develop long-term.
Keith McGill is a BIG CB that I like a lot that needs some quality coaching but has all the tools to be a very good NFL CB, he could definitely be had later on to develop in case like you said, Culliver walks. Andre Hal of Vanderbilt, Lavelle Westbrooks of Georgia Southern, all guys who could be had a lot later as well.
*Also keep an eye on Jaylen Watkins out of Florida, he'll be at the Senior Bowl. He moved to free safety this season and dropped off the radar but for the NFL, he's still most likely to be a CB. He's got a solid build, great athleticism, a good tackler, very hard-working player who I expect to move up the boards a bit in the offseason.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Jan 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM ]