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This is an unusually deep cornerback class, which should benefit a 49ers team in need of some secondary help.
The 49ers aren't in desperation mode, despite what many pundits and experts have said. In fact, the 49ers secondary was ranked fourth in passing yards allowed during the 2012 regular season.
The postseason, however, was a different story. Inconsistencies and bad play-calling plagued the 49ers defense in three postseason matches, especially in the NFC Championship Game.
Aqib Talib or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could be a nice fit for the 49ers, but Sean Smith is the gem in this class.
At 6'3'', he has all the physical tools to be a shutdown corner. He can match up height-wise with the bigger receivers and has the speed to keep up with most of the road-runners in the NFL. However, Smith does his best work on the outside, not in the slot.
Smith had a solid year last year but was dogged by some inconsistencies. He gave up the most combined touchdowns and first downs of any cornerback in 2012, according to Pro Football Focus.
However, I am banking on the 49ers coaching staff to work their wonders with Smith. The 49ers do a great job in putting their players in the best position to succeed, and Smith would receive the same treatment if he were signed by the Niners.
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