It wouldn’t be shocking to see the 49ers land two cornerbacks in this year’s draft, and one of the team’s two first rounders could ultimately go this way.
The Niners surely wouldn’t mind Ohio State cornerback Jeffrey Okudah falling to No. 13, but Okudah is a top-10 pick, if not going in the top five. That dream is a little more distant than remote possibility.
The next cornerback on most NFL Draft big boards is Florida’s C.J. Henderson, who has the right combination of size (6-foot-1 and 204 pounds), speed (a 4.39 40-yard time) and strength (20 bench-press reps of 225 pounds) stemming from the NFL Scouting Combine.
Henderson’s mirroring skills are excellent, and he’s projected to handle both zone- and man-coverage duties with relative ease.
The problem, though, is Henderson might be a bit of a reach at No. 13. He’s likely to be a pick taken in the early 20s, meaning the Niners would either have to give up value with their first selection or get a bit lucky and wait for Henderson to slip to them at No. 31 overall.
This latter possibility sure would look like a dream, right?