Round 7, Pick No. 245: Cornerback Terrance Mitchell
Original Pick: Fullback Trey Millard
To round out Trent Baalke’s actions in the 2014 NFL Draft, the 49ers should have taken now-Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Terrance Mitchell.
Mitchell would have been San Francisco’s third cornerback taken, had the aforementioned picks gone this way. But remember, Keith Reaser is still hurt and won’t take the field his rookie season.
That would have opened up the door for the 5-foot-11, 192-pound Mitchell, who was eventually selected by the Dallas Cowboys at No. 254. While his time in Dallas didn’t work out, the Chiefs took a stab at him in 2016, and he ended up starting two games opposite standout corner Marcus Peters.
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During the season, Mitchell registered six passes defended and posted a noteworthy 82.3 Pro Football Focus overall grade.
Perhaps I’m a little biased towards Sacramento natives (I’m in Folsom), but Mitchell would have provided both depth and starting potential for a San Francisco team eventually in need of cornerbacks over the next few seasons.
Instead, the Niners grabbed fullback Trey Millard. And he has yet to see action in a regular-season game with anyone.
Hindsight sure is 20-20. And while we’ll never know if these revisionist picks would have worked out had they landed in Santa Clara, we do know one thing — San Francisco’s offense would have been much better than it has been the last two seasons.
And the defense would have been able to absorb the en masse departures that plagued it in 2015 a bit better too.