Now that Carlos Rogers has officially joined the Oakland Raiders across the Bay, the San Francisco 49ers must take a serious look at replacing him. This is ever more true with the trouble brewing in Chris Culliver’s off-field life. Who should the 49ers get to solidify their secondary?
The first option, of course, is free agency. The 49ers have by and large let that come and go without making a splash. The main cornerback left on the market is aging Champ Bailey, who may be good for another year or so but lacks top-end speed and would struggle at times if he is forced to play the number 2.
The next option is the draft. The 49ers, of course, hold the number 30 pick in the first round–and five more in the top 100. The number 30 pick could potentially pick up the likes of Jason Verrett–though more recent mocks have him potentially going earlier. The other issue with using the first-rounder on a cornerback is that the 49ers likely have an eye on a receiver or two around that position. Fortunately, with the amount of picks the 49ers have acquired, they have quite a bit of trade ammunition and could maneuver around to get a couple of late first-rounders. This would essentially take away any opportunity of trading up for a receiver such as Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans, but it would definitely fill the two most gaping wholes on the 49ers’ squad.
Please hit up the comments with other ideas, I am sure you have them!