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Ifo Ekpre-Olomu leads the Oregon secondary.
In their past two games, the San Francisco 49ers' pass defense has been torched for big yardage and big plays.
Against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons, the 49ers allowed 348 yards passing. In their final regular season game against the Arizona Cardinals, Carson Palmer had a field day: throwing for an alarming 407 yards passing against the 49ers' defense.
A large part of the problem was the lack of consistent pressure on either quarterback. The 49ers' defensive backfield was shown to be quite vulnerable.
There are major question marks surrounding four of the 49ers' top five cornerbacks, it will be imperative for GM Trent Baalke to focus on solidifying this position.
Carlos Rogers will be 33 years old when the 2014 season begins. He has had a decent year, but has looked very inconsistent in these past two games.
Rogers is one of the highest paid players on the roster and San Fran would save roughly $5 million in cap room by releasing him.
The contracts of both Tarell Brown and Eric Wright expire after this season. Prior to sustaining a rib injury midway through the season, Brown was the 49ers' best cornerback.
Brown had a base salary of $925,000 in 2013 but he will want a big raise and hefty signing bonus. If the 49ers do not sign him to an extension and he hits the open market, Brown will be one of the most attractive free-agent defensive backs out there.
There is no guarantee that Brown or Wright will return to San Francisco.
Chris Culliver, who showed promise as the 49ers' nickel back in 2012, suffered a season-ending ACL injury in training camp and his future is uncertain. There is also the possibility the 49ers could move Culliver to a safety spot if Donte Whitner leaves.
With so much uncertainty surrounding the 49ers' cornerbacks, this appears to be their most glaring area of need looking forward.
Barring a trade, the 49ers will be drafting at or near the bottom of the pecking order.
Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu would be an ideal fit for the 49ers. He has good speed and is strong in coverage.
Ekpre-Olomu is 5'10" and 185 pounds, just a bit smaller than most would like. However, he has the athleticism to make up for it.
Playing in the Pac-12, Ekpre-Olomu also had to face some of the top receivers in the country, including Marqise Lee, Paul Richardson and Brandin Cooks. He fared very well and even looked good in the Alamo Bowl, as Oregon held Texas to only 56 yards passing and registered an easy 30-7 victory.
Dane Brugler, of NFLDraftScout.com writes, "Ekpre-Olomu has terrific hand-eye coordination, quick reflexes and explosive footwork to make plays against the pass and the run. If there is a better draft-eligible cornerback in the country, I have yet to see him."