Possible Replacements For Released CB Tramaine Brock Part 2: The Draft

By: Zach Hernandez (@Zachhernan)

After Brock’s arrest and release, we took a look at some free agent cornerbacks that could possibly replace him. Today, I’ll be looking at some of the cornerbacks in this year’s draft and if they’d fit as a replacement for Brock. This draft class is loaded with defensive talent, so the 49ers find themselves in a good spot with 10 picks heading in. Since they will all be on controlled salaries, I won’t be looking at contracts of similar players. Let’s look at all of the picks first.


49ers 2017 Picks

  1. 1st round: #2
  2. 2nd round: #2 (34 overall)
  3. 3rd round: #2 (66 overall)
  4. 4th round: #2 (109 overall)
  5. 4th round: Compensatory pick – #37 (143 overall)
  6. 5th round: #2 (146 overall)
  7. 5th round: from Washington (Derek Carrier trade) – #17 (161 overall)
  8. 6th round: #2 (186 overall)
  9. 6th round: from Denver (Vernon Davis trade) – #18 (202 overall)
  10. 7th round: from Cleveland (Andy Lee trade) – #1 (219 overall)


Draft Prospects

Marshon Lattimore


Lattimore very well might be the best cornerback in this draft. He is an extremely athletic cornerback. He is able to run stride for stride with most receivers. He works through blockers exceptionally well to get to WR screens and running plays. While Lattimore only has one year of starting experience, he played extremely well in that year. Like I said in his scouting report, Lattimore is the Mitch Trubisky of the cornerbacks. Let’s take a look at his 2016 and NFL Combine and season stats.

 NFL Combine Stats:

  • 6’0″
  • 193 lbs.
  • 31 1/4″ wingspan
  • 8 7/8″ hands
  • 4.36 40-yard dash
  • 38.5″ vertical jump
  • 132″ broad jump

2016 Season Stats:

  • 13 games
  • 30 solo tackles
  • 11 assists
  • 1 tackle for loss
  • 4 interceptions
  • 1 return for touchdown
  • 9 passes defended

Should The 49ers Draft Lattimore?


Lattimore would be a sight to see lined up opposite of Rashard Robinson. Even if the 49ers stay at #2 overall, Lattimore would still make sense. He could easily develop into a true shut-down corner in the NFL. With the pair of Marshon and Rashard, the 49ers left and right CB positions would be set for the foreseeable future. If they feel he would be there later in the first round, he could be a trade back option as well. Even with only one year of experience at Ohio State, Lattimore proved worthy of a top pick in this draft. I think the 49ers should definitely consider him as their first round pick.

Marlon Humphrey


Humphrey is another uber-athlete on this list. Depending on who you ask, Humphrey might even be a better prospect than Lattimore. He is a very well-disciplined corner with exceptional vision. Humphrey might need a little time in the NFL to assimilate, but he could very well become a top cornerback in this league. Humphrey is great a zone coverage, which is what is predominately ran in Seattle’s 4-3 defense (which the 49ers will be mirroring). Marlon also plays against the run very well. Let’s take a look at his 2016 NFL Combine and season stats.

2016 NFL Combine Stats:

  • 6’0″
  • 197 lbs.
  • 32 3/8″ wingspan
  • 8 3/4″ hands
  • 10 bench press reps
  • 4.41 40-yard dash
  • 125″ vertical jump


2016 Season Stats:

  • 14 games
  • 26 solo tackles
  • 10 assists
  • 3 tackles for loss
  • 2 interceptions
  • 1 return for touchdown
  • 5 passes defended
  • 1 forced fumble


Should The 49ers Draft Humphrey?


Humphrey might even be a better fit than Marshon Lattimore to the 49ers. Having above average coverage and run support skils, Humphrey could very well be at the top of the 49ers board. However, a top two, or even ten pick would be too high for Humphrey. He is ranked 22 overall on CBS Sports Big Board. I could see him being targeted if they trade back into the first round , like they did last year to select Joshua Garnett. Humphrey is one of the best athletes in this talent-loaded class. He plays the game just as competitively as anyone and could bring some much-needed swagger to the Bay.

Quincy Wilson

NCAA Football: Kentucky at Florida

Wilson has the size and versatility to play either cornerback or safety. At 6’1″ 211lbs, Wilson plays the game extremely physically and has the ability to neutralize most WRs completely. However, he might draw a plethora of holding calls if asked to do too much too soon. Wilson will need some time to develop his game at an NFL level. Let’s take a look at his 2016 NFL Combine and season stats.

NFL Combine Stats:

  • 6’1″
  • 211lbs.
  • 32 1/4 wingspan
  • 9 5/8″ hands
  • 4.54 40-yard dash
  • 14 bench press reps
  • 32″ vertical jump
  • 118″ broad jump
  • 6.86 sec. 3-cone drill
  • 4.02 sec. 20-yard shuttle

2016 Season Stats:

  • 13 games
  • 18 solo tackles
  • 15 assists
  • 3.5 tackles for loss
  • 1 sack
  • 3 interceptions
  • 1 return for touchdown
  • 6 passes defended


Should The 49ers Draft Wilson?


Yes, but not in the first round or at 34 overall either. With all of the defensive talent in this class, Wilson will more than likely fall. If the 49ers could get him with their third round pick, I’d say pull the trigger. CBS Sports Big Board has Quincy ranked 66 overall. He brings competitiveness severely lacked at the position. As long as they don’t overwhelm Wilson with responsibilities right away, he should develop just fine into a starting caliber corner. Depending where they decided to put Jimmie Ward, Wilson could fit at either CB or S.

Tre’davious White


Coming out of what I consider Defensive Back University, White could follow in the steps and become the next best DB out of LSU. Starting since week 3 of his freshman year, White has more experience than most incoming CBs. His foot work is possibly the best the best in this class. While some doubt his physicality and argue he only had 6 interception despite his lengthy collegiate career, White has the potential to develop into a CB1 for whichever team drafts him. Let’s take a look at his 2016 NFL Combine and season stats.

2016 NFL Combine

  • 5″11″
  • 192 lbs.
  • 32 1/8″ wingspan
  • 9 1/8″ hands
  • 4.47 sec 40-yard dash
  • 16 bench press reps
  • 32.0″ vertical jump
  • 119.0″ broad jump
  • 6.90 sec. 3-cone drill
  • 4.32 20-yard shuttle


Should The 49ers Draft White?


No, White is better suited for a defense that runs more man coverage. The 49ers do not need another slot corner, especially with the release of Brock. There is a need for a physical corner who thrives in zone coverage and can provide exceptional run-support. Unfortunately, White does not fit that picture. While he may excel in the NFL in due time, it most likely won’t be with the 49ers.

Kevin King


King is one of the taller corners in this draft. At 6’3″, he has typical size for LCB or RCB. King has valuable versatility, with experience in the slot and at safety as well. Due to his lack of speed, King is not suited for man coverage and needs to improve on his tackling. Let’s take a look at his 2016 NFL Combine and season stats.

2016 NFL Combine Stats:

  • 6’3″
  • 200 lbs.
  • 32″ wingspan
  • 9 1/2″ hands
  • 4.43 sec 40-yard dash
  • 11 bench press reps
  • 39.5″ vertical jump
  • 6.56 sec. 3-cone drill
  • 3.89 sec. 20-yard shuttle
  • 11.14 sec. 60-yard shuttle

2016 Season Stats:

  • 14 games
  • 26 solo tackles
  • 18 assists
  • 3.5 tackles for loss
  • 2 interceptions
  • 13 passes defended


Should The 49ers Draft King?


Yes, King would fit in extremely well in Saleh’s 4-3 defense. He excels in zone coverage due to his speed, thereof, but that might just play into the 49ers plans. King finished his time at Washington allowing only one touchdown in the last 101 targets. He has the versatility and experience to play all four spots in the secondary which might prove extremely valuable to John Lynch and Co. With that being said, King would be a perfect selection with the 49ers second round pick (34 overall). He is ranked 33 overall in CBS Sports Big Board. He could very well become the starting CB or S depending how things play out.


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