49ers Pick No. 172: Cornerback Samuel Womack, Toledo
The 49ers started Day 3 addressing the need on the interior offensive line, but with K’Waun Williams gone, the team needed to address depth at the nickel corner role, and that’s what it did with Samuel Womack out of Toledo.
While Womack wasn’t high on my radar as a draftable player, it made a lot of sense to bolster the depth here. Womack’s 4.39 40-yard time probably stands out primarily for him as a player. He’s also got experience as a five-year player at Toledo and had a whopping 37 passes defended in the last three seasons to go along with four touchdowns in that same time span.
Early on, Womack might need to start as a gunner on special teams, given his speed, but his tackling is a bit of a question mark. He fielded exactly one kick return in his entire collegiate career, but similar to Gray, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility San Francisco decides to give him a shot there.
Womack addresses a need, but I don’t expect him to feature heavily this season. Nonetheless, you can never have too much depth, and his collegiate production, as well as speed, demonstrates at least some potential in the NFL.
A lot will depend on his special teams prowess and his patience. That’ll be an interesting pick to look at three years down the line, and I can’t grade it highly, as I didn’t think he would be drafted.
But it’s a Day 3 pick, so you can’t be too harsh either.