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The Primary Question That Needs To Be Answered Prior To Next Season

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 14:  Running back Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes with the ball as safety Michael Lewis #32 of the San Francisco 49ers attempts to tackle him at Candlestick Park on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Jerry HuertaContributor IMarch 12, 2010

Since we are in the middle of draft evaluations and what team should get who, this seems like the perfect time to start evaluating what questions need to be answered before next season.

The main question that needs to be answered before next season is the cornerback situation. The San Francisco 49ers last year had an up and down year by going 8-8. When they were losing it was due in large part to the secondary. The main problem with the secondary was the lack of top end speed.

Their cornerbacks are generally all big corners, so this hurts them in pass coverage because they do not have the quickness to keep up with the speedy receivers in the NFL. This was evident against the Eagles, Falcons, Packers, and Texans, where the Niners were often beat deep.

The solution to this problem would be to draft a young cornerback with speed to compliment the other cornerbacks already on the roster.

The first thought would be to draft Joe Haden, a junior out of Florida who played receiver and cornerback for them. He was their starting corner for a couple of years. The problem with him, is at the combine in February he ran a 4.57 and a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash. That time for a cornerback is on the slower end, especially in a league that is more pass-orientated.

The 49ers want to get a cornerback, who has that speed and also can bring value as a returner. Some guys that would make more sense for the 49ers would be Kyle Wilson out of Boise State and Devin McCourty out of Rutgers.

Kyle Wilson would make sense because of the threat he was last year as a returner, that would help the 49ers special teams a lot by bringing the offense better field position. Devin McCourty makes sense because of how well he ran at the combine and his consistent play on the field.

Either one of these players would be an improvement to the 49ers secondary and will ultimately lead the 49ers in the right direction, which are the playoffs.

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