Boasting two first-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft means the 49ers can target their top two needs right out of the gate.
Barring a trade down from No. 31 overall, which is totally possible, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the secondary the next area San Francisco chooses to address. But by re-signing Jimmie Ward, the need for a safety no longer looks like a pressing need.
Cornerback, however, is pressing.
Veteran corner Richard Sherman is entering a contract year in 2020. Fellow corners Ahkello Witherspoon and Emmanuel Moseley haven’t solidified themselves just yet as long-term starting options. Even if one did, the need to find an up-and-coming cornerback should still be seen as a top priority.
So, at No. 31 overall, the Niners grab Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs.
Diggs, 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, is on the fringes between Rounds 1 and 2. Some might consider grabbing him here a bit of a reach, while others may view it as a steal. Either way, one can’t deny his production last year with the Crimson Tide, which netted three interceptions and eight passes broken up.
With Diggs in the fold, the Niners have both an immediate starter candidate and long-term replacement for Sherman, should that be the course taken.