No. 5 prospect 49ers don’t want to see in NFC West: DB Jalen Pitre, Baylor
One of our NFL Draft crushes over here at Niner Noise is Baylor defensive back Jalen Pitre, a prospect who could be viewed as a poor man’s version of the Los Angeles Chargers’ Derwin James and can play almost anywhere within the secondary.
Whether it’s at nickel, on the boundary or serving at one of two safety spots, the 6-foot, 197-pound Pitre is more than versatile. And with four interceptions, nine passes broken up and six sacks over the last two seasons, he can make the splash play, too.
So, if Niner Noise likes Pitre as a possible Round 2 selection for San Francisco, one has to think the rest of the NFC West might be interested as well.
As noted earlier, both the Rams and Seahawks could potentially explore adding nickel backs, and that’s primarily where Pitre played for the Bears last season. While the Rams aren’t selecting until Round 3, it’s surely possible Seattle looks to make Pitre a Round 2 pick, potentially as early as No. 40 overall.
That’d be a bummer for the 49ers, who’d love to get their hands on Pitre and would instead have to worry about his own positional flexibility as a major boost to what’s going to be a rebuilding Seahawks secondary over the next few years.