5 prospects 49ers would run to the podium for in 2022 NFL Draft

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Kyler Gordon, Washington Huskies
Washington Huskies defensive back Kyler Gordon (2) Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

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49ers hopeful No. 3: CB Kyler Gordon, Washington

The Washington Huskies are producing two top-tier cornerbacks for this year’s NFL Draft, Trent McDuffie and Kyler Gordon.

McDuffie appears poised to be a Round 1 pick, likely going in the teens or in the early 20s at the very least.

Gordon, however, could end up slipping a bit deeper into Round 2, though, and a team like San Francisco would surely be interested if the 6-foot, 194-pound defensive back winds up slipping further and further down the draft order on day two.

Sure, the 49ers already addressed the cornerback room this offseason by adding former Kansas City Chiefs standout Charvarius Ward in free agency. However, grabbing a player like Gordon from the pass-happy Pac-12 would round out the cornerback room completely, allowing No. 2 corner Emmanuel Moseley to move inside to nickel back and pushing second-year man Ambry Thomas into a primary reserve role to guard against injury.

Gordon, who had two interceptions and seven pass breakups last year, still has some work to do on the football IQ-part of the game. But his raw talent is surely there, and the Niners would be happy to capitalize on it if given the chance.