2012 NFL Mock Draft: San Francisco 49ers Add Cornerback in Stephon Gilmore
2012 NFL Mock Draft Sees 49ers Patch Up Secondary with CB Stephon Gilmore
The San Francisco 49ers gave up over 230 passing yards per game and 25 total passing touchdowns last season.
The secondary, complete with the aging Nate Clements and inconsistent Shawntae Spencer, gave up a good deal of big passing plays.
The 49ers have possibly already addressed their needs at outside linebacker and quarterback, with Aldon Smith and Colin Kaepernick respectively (although we'll see about Kaepernick). The team needs to focus on its secondary now.
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And although the 49ers selected South Carolina cornerback Chris Culliver in the third round, he's wasn't an elite talent in the draft and he's unlikely to be their No. 1 corner in the future.
But with Culliver's teammate at South Carolina, Stephon Gilmore, the 49ers might find their future No. 1.
Gilmore is well-schooled, plays with solid technique and, above all, raised his game against top competition last season.
Mel Kiper of ESPN may have corners Cliff Harris (Oregon) and Jayron Hosley (Virginia Tech) ranked ahead of Gilmore on his Big Board, but I really like Gilmore's game.
I don't think there's any question he'll be a solid player in the NFL; it's just a matter of if he can be a No. 1. Right now, I'd say he's got a little ways to go before next year's draft, but I also think he can get there come draft time.
But one thing's for sure: the 49ers need to make their secondary a priority in the 2012 NFL Draft.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples |
2. Washington Redskins: Andrew Luck
3. Denver Broncos: Matt Barkley
4. Arizona Cardinals: Matt Kalil
|17. Kansas City Chiefs: Manti Te'o|
18. New York Giants: Zach Brown
19. Jacksonville Jaguars: Vontaze Burfict
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cliff Harris
|5. Tennessee Titans: Jerel Worthy |
6. Buffalo Bills: Donte Paige-Moss
7. Seattle Seahawks: Dre Kirkpatrick
8. Cincinnati Bengals: Trent Richardson
|21. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon|
22. San Diego Chargers: Keenan Robinson
23. Indianapolis Colts: Jeff Fuller
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Travis Fuller
|9. Cleveland Browns: Alshon Jeffery |
10. Minnesota Vikings: Jonathan Martin
11. San Francisco 49ers: Stephon Gilmore
12. Oakland Raiders: Janoris Jenkins
|25. New England Patriots: Andre Branch|
26. Cleveland Browns: Mike Adams
27. Baltimore Ravens: Robert Lester
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kelechi Osemele
|13. Miami Dolphins: Landry Jones |
14. Detroit Lions: Luke Kuechly
15. Dallas Cowboys: Jayron Hosley
16. Houston Texans: Ray-Ray Armstrong
|29. Chicago Bears: Michael Floyd|
30. New York Jets: Brandon Jenkins
31. New England Patriots: Jared Crick
32. Green Bay Packers: Chase Minnifield
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