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While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, this is completely out of left field.
San Francisco received high remarks emerging from this year’s draft, and until Lowell Cohn, it was pretty unanimous.
The 49ers hit on needs, drafted several top-rated players, managed to get value in each round and even added picks next year.
Cohn gave the 49ers a passing grade and nothing more.
The argument he makes is that San Francisco needed to draft one or two cornerbacks and they failed to do that. The Niners waited until Round 7 when they selected Rutgers CB Marcus Cooper.
However, Cooper (6’2”, 192 lbs.) is a very interesting prospect that Cohn is dismissing too quickly, in my opinion. The former Scarlet Knight brings good measurables, versatility and an extremely physical demeanor.
With secondary coach Ed Donatell and the rest of this coaching staff, Cooper has a chance to take his game to the next level.
And while Cohn insists the 49ers needed a slot or boundary corner, they currently have five CBs that have started in this league. San Francisco has every reason to feel comfortable with this corner group and how they fared in this draft.
Here's what saves their draft. Their first pick was free safety Eric Reid, a very good player. The 49ers needed a free safety because starter Dashon Goldson went to Tampa Bay for big money the 49ers didn't want to pay. So, the 49ers had a big hole at free safety. Reid filled the hole, addressed their second-biggest need
They also get credit for drafting Cornellius Carradine, a promising defensive tackle, Vance McDonald, the kind of rugged tight end coach Jim Harbaugh understands, and Corey Lemonier, a linebacker.
The 49ers needed to draft a significant cover corner. They did not. They needed to draft a significant slot cover guy. They did not. When teams go into an offense called ‘11 Personnel,’ the Niners are in trouble.
Dylan DeSimone is the San Francisco 49ers' lead columnist for Bleacher Report. A former NFL journalist and fantasy football writer for SB Nation, Niners Nation and SB Nation Bay Area, Dylan now writes for B/R.
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