Round 7, Pick No. 253 Overall (Compensatory): 49ers select cornerback Myles Jones, Texas A&M
Again, another seventh-round compensatory flier, and it’s still at that point where teams should go with raw traits over proven on-field skills and numbers.
Such is the case with Texas A&M cornerback Myles Jones, who is one of the tallest defensive backs coming out in this year’s class at 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds.
The lean frame is a bit of a concern, yes. But the long, lanky frame does lend for some potentially enticing physical abilities that could ultimately frustrate some of the bigger wide receivers out there.
Jones might not be a true ballhawk, yet he still has managed to put up a lot of pass breakups during his four-plus years with the Aggies, registering 28 during that span and undoubtedly using his size and length to get in the way of passes.
If the Niners end up sticking primarily with zone-style coverages, a player like Jones might be able to thrive, especially when considering his man-reaction skills are likely to suffer at the NFL level because he’ll ultimately lack the quick-twitch abilities necessary to stay with shiftier receivers.
That said, Jones’ frame alone is enticing enough to build upon. And with San Francisco in need of cornerbacks to develop, it certainly would be worth a seventh-round pick to try.
Unless the 49ers grab someone before the 2021 NFL trade deadline, which happens to be Tuesday, Nov. 4.