5 draft picks 49ers can select to replace Jimmie Ward

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Jammie Robinson, Florida State Seminoles, 49ers
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49ers safety target No. 1: Jammie Robinson, Florida State

Prior to a solid NFL Scouting Combine performance, Florida State defensive back Jammie Robinson could have been safely in play for the 49ers toward the end of Round 3.

Since that point, though, Robinson’s stock value has likely increased, and it seems doubtful he’ll slip late into the third round and probably will end up being picked sooner than that.

However, just like J.L. Skinner, Robinson could be the kind of player for whom the Niners would be willing to move up from No. 99 overall in a draft-day trade.

At 5-foot-11 and 191 pounds, Robinson is a little on the smaller side but nevertheless plays bigger and with a nonstop motor that helped him record five interceptions, eight pass breakups and 12 tackles for a loss over the last two seasons with the Seminoles.

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Plus, like Skinner, San Francisco met with Robinson, too.

Skinner has the means and traits to be a day-one starter, and he also could potentially play a Jimmie Ward-like role where he’d step in as a nickel defender before eventually transitioning full time to free safety.

The 2023 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, April 27.

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