5 NFL Draft prospects who'd be too good to pass up if they slip to 49ers

There's no way one of these five top prospects end up slipping to the 49ers at No. 31 overall, right?


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No. 2: CB Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo

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This isn't the first time Niner Noise has touted small-school prospect cornerback Quinyon Mitchell out of Toledo, but a strong NFL Scouting Combine performance certainly pushed him from a player who'd likely go toward the end of Round 1 (possibly early in Round 2) to the very middle of the first round.

Running a 4.33 40-yard dash at the combine, the 6-foot-0 and 195-pound defensive back broke up 18 passes during his final collegiate season, and he has that blend of speed and size that could mesh well in a variety of different coverage schemes.

However, it's easy to see why the 49ers would be an ideal fit, especially considering Mitchell would be most at home in a zone-coverage scheme. Considering the Niners have a pressing long-term need to find a true starter alongside No. 1 corner Charvarius Ward, who is a free agent after this season, going after a top cornerback makes sense.

Now, the only question is whether or not Mitchell slips far enough.

Most big boards and mocks have Mitchell going somewhere in the teens, so it's not likely he winds up being available at No. 31 overall.

Should that somehow happen, though, expect San Francisco to pounce.