Highest Selection: Philadelphia at No. 22 (NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread)
Lowest Selection: Not a first-round pick (five different writers)
Median Selection: San Francisco at No. 30 (five different writers)
Most common selection: San Francisco at No. 30 (five different writers)
Over the 20 mock drafts, the 49ers take eight different players. Three of them stand out above the rest.
Four mocks apiece have the 49ers taking either USC wide receiver Marqise Lee or Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller, but the most common selection for the 49ers is in fact Jason Verrett, with five selections.
I think this is less of a glowing recommendation for Verrett than it is a simple statement that he’s the best around at the No. 30 slot. Four of the five mocks with the 49ers taking Verrett have all the other four corners listed here gone, while all the mocks with the 49ers taking Fuller have at least one other cornerback remaining on the board at the time.
The 5'9", 189-pound Verrett is the smallest of the top five corners in the draft. Only 19 cornerbacks were listed at 5’9” or lower last season. That’s not a guarantee that Verrett can’t play—both Chicago's Tim Jennings in Chicago and Captain Munnerlyn, now with Minnesota, did well as short cornerbacks—but it is, however, a notable drawback.
Verrett’s speed and ball skills are enough to push him into a first- or second-round grade, but he’s the closest thing we have to a consensus as the lowest of the first-round corners. That’s a fine pick at No. 30, mind you, but it’s really not something that warrants moving around the draft board.
Verrett might well be the best worst-case scenario selection—if the 49ers are unable to make a decent deal to go up and get someone else, Verrett would make a fine addition to the team. He just isn’t worth vaulting the Chargers or Bengals to go get him.