49ers NFL Draft Target No. 4: Keidron Smith, Ole Miss
Ballhawking and interceptions aren’t the only quality indicators of an NFL-level cornerback, and there are certainly players who won’t be as highly touted early in the draft but have the intangible skills to eventually develop into long-term starters.
That might have to be the gamble the Niners would take, should Ole Miss cornerback Keidron Smith be a day-three draft target.
At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, Smith fits the mold for a long, lanky defensive back with good speed and some physicality to play at the position. While there are concerns about his quick-twitch reaction skills and recovery abilities, Smith already has 18 tackles on the year with a pass broken up.
Smith might require a little bit of polish at the pro level, perhaps taking a year to fully acclimate.
Considering San Francisco needs some long-term investments anyway, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to make some of those late-round moves and hope they pan out for the better.
Especially if Smith is able to capitalize on his physical attributes.