Originally posted by pwillis52beasty:
From what I know, Aikens is more of a raw prospect with more upside. Also, Jean Baptiste would be a pretty old rookie at 24, I don't think he has the greatest long speed and believe a lot of the passes he gives up are deep balls ( I don't like that), he's going to likely go higher than Aikens, and I feel like we already have our Richard Sherman like project in Chris Cook. Really though I wouldn't be mad with any of those guys. I'm confident in our team when it comes to drafting the right guys on defense.
As for Fuller and Verrett. I think Verrett is better in coverage, but Fuller has the size and length you look for in a top corner when matching up against the Calvin Johnsons, Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas's, etc. I think because the NFL is a copycat league, Fuller will end up being drafted before Verrett. I'd love to have Fuller or Verrett, but think it's more likely that Verrett drops to 39 than Fuller.
My other argument for Verrett is that you need guys who can match up with and shut down the Victor Cruz, Percy Harvin, TY Hilton types. Verrett is perfect for that, tremendous speed, quickness and lateral movement. If he can lock down guys like those listed for years to come, he'd be well worth the pick and then some.
Coming up this season alone, the 49ers will be facing: Percy Harvin x2(assuming he doesn't injure his cervix), Tavon Austin x2, DeSean Jackson, Wes Welker, Victor Cruz....etc....
Out of all the guys in the draft, I don't see anyone being a better fit to cover guys like Harvin and Cruz than Verrett. If Culliver can sort out his legal issues and he and Brock can handle the outside and Verrett in the slot with Wright subbing in for Culliver's inevitably suspension, the 49ers could be alright.