Round 7, Pick No. 252: Defensive Back Marcus Cooper, Rutgers
Original Pick: Defensive Back Marcus Cooper
Hey, a pick where Trent Baalke actually got something right.
More from Niner Noise
- 49ers 2023 NFL Draft tracker: Pick-by-pick news and analysis
- Predicting 49ers NFL Draft picks by looking at final mocks
- DraftKings NFL Draft Promo – Win $150 Guaranteed on Any $5 Bet
- 2023 NFL Draft: EDGE Byron Young could be impact player for 49ers
- 5 low-key NFL Draft options for 49ers who are flying under the radar
Well, sort of. Former Rutgers defensive back Marcus Cooper never made the 49ers’ 53-man roster his rookie season, instead landing with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013.
The only argument against Baalke here is he should have kept Cooper on the roster.
Sure, Cooper’s coverage skills have never turned into something Pro Bowl worthy. But he has been a bit of a ballhawk over his four years at the NFL level, logging seven interceptions, three of which were recorded in 2013.
San Francisco already had a decent crop of cornerbacks entering 2013, although Cooper would have been a nice contributor on both special teams and the depth chart that season.
Plus, his addition would have alleviated the need for Baalke to land a plethora of corners in the draft the following season. This would have, most likely, allowed the Niners’ former general manager to focus his efforts elsewhere.
And one can only think what he could/should have done with those picks, with the 2015 debacle less than a year away.
Speaking of 2014, Niner Noise will revisit that draft and make our revisionist picks shortly. So stay tuned!