49ers unwisely passed on these 3 players in 2024 NFL Draft

With the 20204 NFL Draft in full swing, here’s what could have been in the first two rounds for the San Francisco 49ers.
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CB Cooper DeJean

Without question, the best free-agent acquisition in the John Lynch-Kyle Shanahan era has proved to be cornerback Charvarius Ward. 

He has surpassed everyone’s expectations, and has completely locked down his side of the field week after week. 

Unfortunately, Ward is about to enter the final year of a three-year contract. 

At age 27, Ward is more than deserving of another large contract, one that could keep him in San Francisco for another three-plus years. 

On the other side of the field, cover-man Deommodore Lenoir has been no slouch in the passing game either. He too will require a substantial contract that will be challenging to fit under the salary cap. 

So what will be with the 49ers secondary moving forward?

Enter University of Iowa’s defensive back Cooper DeJean. The Hawkeye Alum brings versatility as a cornerback, safety and has spent time as a returner on special teams. 

His ball handling is reminiscent of a wide receiver and his dominant open field running is evident by his three interceptions returned for scores.

Unfortunately, he’s now a Philadelphia Eagle.

In terms of value and productivity, DeJean checks all the boxes and could've brought stability at a bargain price to a secondary that is uncertain beyond the upcoming season.