Originally posted by SofaKing:
I don't know, I like our CB situation.
We know Brock and Culliver will start on the outside. Both are talented man-cover corners who typically allow very little separation, and they get pass deflections in bunches. Both are really good at making plays on the ball.
Jimmie Ward immediately comes in and becomes an impact slot corner. Fangio astutely pointed out the slot corner plays more snaps than the NT. It's practically a starting position, and Ward is perfect for the role. Quick, fast, physical, smart.
Wright and Cox are much better than your average 4th and 5th corners. Wright has been a starter most of his career. Cox has always played well when given an opportunity, both in SF and Denver.
Then you add Morris, Johnson, Reaser, Acker, and Cook to the mix. We have depth beyond depth. It's crazy.
To me, that was the huge question mark. If you look at the sheer amount of times that the 49ers were victimized in the slot by various receivers, its clear that was a major area of need. I have confidence that Ward will be able to handle that spot, he seems to relish a challenge, has terrific speed and awareness and is a ballhawk to boot. I was absolutely thrilled by that pick. My guy to take over that spot was Verrett but with Ward you get the bonus of someone who is a little bigger, can play safety in the future and tends to be a better tackler overall so I ain't even mad at all.
Out of the CB's drafted late, I'm intrigued by Johnson especially, terrific size for the position, lousy tackler, hence why he won't be a safety but if they develop him as a physical, press corner type, he could end up surprising a lot of people. Then you have Acker who will be competing for a spot as well and was the top CB at SMU with nice size as well. I like it, I can't complain at all.