2016 NFL Draft: Breaking Down CB Will Redmond to San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers select Will Redmond, cornerback out of Mississippi State with the fifth pick in the third round and 68th pick overall.

 

The San Francisco 49ers addressed another position of need as they selected Will Redmond, a cornerback out of Mississippi Satte, with the 68th pick overall and the fifth pick in the third round of the NFL Draft.

Redmond ended up having to sit out a year at Mississippi State after a recruiting fiasco. He is a very athletic player who could add a lot to the 49ers secondary. Redmond is also a classic Trent Baalke pick, as he is coming off of an ACL tear that likely had an impact on his draft stock. At 5’11 (generously) he is average height for the cornerback position in a division that tends to gravitate towards bigger cornerbacks, so this will be a bit of a challenge for him at the next level, but Redmond — if he can get healthy — should be a good addition to a 49ers defense in desperate need of a cornerback.

Redmond is also coming off of only seven career starts after his ACL tear cut short his season last fall. In 2014, despite only playing in eight games, he led the team in interceptions (three) and had five pass breakups. Last season, despite shortened due to his knee injury, he still managed two interceptions and 25 tackles.

Rob Rang over at CBS Sports had this to say on the 49ers newest member:

Redmond possesses the natural athleticism and physicality to make an NFL roster but his draft stock is in flux until he proves he’s on the way to a full recovery from the torn ACL which tragically ended his collegiate career just as it appeared he would be able to make a name for himself.

Will Redmond is a solid pick for the 49ers. While it is more than a bit surprising that the 49ers passed on Connor Cook, who was still available at the time, Redmond should be helpful for a defense in desperate need of help at cornerback.

It is still to be seen if Redmond will be able to start right away. Baalke has a hit-and-miss record with injured players in the draft, and Redmond is yet another one of these players. He definitely has the talent to be a starting cornerback in the NFL, but with limited collegiate experience and the ACL tear, he is a risk.

 

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