I think veteran leadership in the secondary is over-rated. And, I really don't know how fans aren't on to what the NFL is trying to do with defensive secondaries. It should be obvious by now. How many bogus flags did Whitner draw this year? How many times did they throw a flag and then not fine him? He never got fined for anything, but these flags affected games. Does anyone think the NFL is not trying to change the way teams play defense in the secondary? Enforcing big hitters at the safety position are on their way out of the game. The game is going to evolve towards tight coverage all around. The Niners need both safeties to be like Eric Reid - speedy with good coverage skills. They can get that with any one of about three or four safeties available in the draft this year.