Round 3, Pick No. 102 Overall: 49ers select CB Julius Brents
I know what you’re thinking. Another Corner? But there are many reasons why this pick makes sense, and why three of the first four selections are defensive backs.
First, how many seasons have the 49ers needed a cornerback or safety and the need wasn’t addressed or the pick was underwhelming, to say the least? Second, outside of Charvius Ward, who on the secondary could stand alone as CB1? Isaiah Oliver has tremendous upside, but as of now, for San Francisco, is unproven.
Ambry Thomas, Deommodore Lenoir, and Sam Womack have all had their moments, but none of them have proven that they can be full-time starters.
Next, this is a very deep class for the secondary, and if Brents can transition into the NFL as analysts are predicting then a 1-2 punch between him and D.J. Turner would be one of epic proportions.
Brents covers his man like a blanket and lays the wood without regard for human safety. Not to mention his versatility is an asset that teams can not ignore. With his ability to play safety as well as a cornerback, he’s a plug-and-play prospect that can be utilized all over the secondary.
The time to stock up on talent is now and Julius Brents is worthy of more than a look. He’s a potential day-one starter.