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Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
Mathieu will never be a number one cornerback in the NFL.
But that doesn't mean that a team cannot draw great benefits from his unique skill set.
I'd propose that Mathieu make the transition to free safety. The 49ers will find it difficult to retain Dashon Goldson especially now that NaVorro Bowman should be locked up to a new deal in the next year.
Tony Jefferson and T.J McDonald were also options but I think they will be selected before pick 30.
Mathieu has the ability to be a great slot cornerback, but I can't help but feel that allowing him to play safety would take advantage of his instincts and playmaking ability.
Mathieu is 5'9" and 175 lbs. This is why many doubt him, but he doesn't need to be the most physically imposing figure in order to make an impact.
He is one of the finest tacklers in all of college football. He may not be able to knock people out like Dashon Goldson, but he is also not as likely to give up big plays because of a lack of tackling technique.
He is a big play waiting to happen. He forced 6 fumbles last year and recovered 5 of them.
In his first ever start at safety for LSU, he was able to net two forced fumbles and recover one of them. Mathieu also returned a punt over 90 yards for a touchdown.
His game-breaking return ability will also be useful when you consider that Ted Ginn will most likely be gone after the 2012/13 NFL season.
Mathieu will be seen as a luxury pick: much like LaMichael James this year.
But when you have such a talented team, it doesn't hurt to add electric players that will get fans out of their seats.