This post was written by Jared Quan
With the last pick of the 2011 draft, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers selected Florida A&M’s Curtis Holcomb. During his four years with Florida, he established himself as a reliable cornerback. He stands 5 feet 10 inches, weighs 192 lbs, and runs the 40 at a respectable 4.47. During his four years he would produce twelve interceptions in forty-five games.
There is no doubt that Curtis Holcomb’s speed will help his cause at cornerback at the next level. His 33 ½ inch vertical, 10 foot broad jump, and 18 reps of 225 lbs, easily establish him as a very athletic player. His ability to help out on running plays and tackle in the open field makes him a great asset. However look for him to make plays on special teams.
Despite his impressive physical stats he has a couple of weak spots. He has shown at times that he relies too much on his physical ability to make plays, instead of technique. He has an average understanding of the game. Don’t be surprised if he is subpar at jamming at the line, or back peddling.
In conclusion this projected seventh round pick, is right at value for the 49ers pick. The good news is that his weak spots are all coachable. The question at this point is how well he can be coached. Expect to see him on special teams helping out Vic Seely’s revamped group. He has the athletic ability to be a decent backup at corner back.