The San Francisco 49ers have plenty of business to attend to this weekend with the NFC Championship Game, but the front office remains busy as ever with other matters. On Tuesday, they signed several players to reserve/future contracts, and over the course of the week they will have scouts busy at the East-West Shrine Game. We'll have some coverage here this week, particularly prospects to watch, but otherwise, check out SB Nation's Shrine Game coverage.
The Shrine Game is the first all star game of the draft season, so it means the NFL mock draft season is picking up steam. Over at SB Nation's Mocking the Draft, Matthew Fairburn put together his latest mock draft. If the 49ers win on Sunday, they will draft No. 31 or No. 32. If the 49ers lose on Sunday, they will draft No. 29 if the Denver Broncos lose, and No. 30 if the New England Patriots lose.
30. San Francisco 49ers - Darqueze Dennard, Cornerback, Michigan State: Eric Reid had a great rookie season with the 49ers, but the secondary is still a sore spot for San Francisco, mostly due to the play at cornerback. Darqueze Dennard is aggressive and physical, two things the Niners lack at corner. He's still refining his game, but he would be a nice addition to the back end of San Francisco's defense.
Our man Nick Chiamardas put together cornerback rankings last month, and in them he had Dennard as his No. 3 cornerback. We'll have more scouting reports in the offseason, but in the meantime, Behind the Steel Curtain and Cat Scratch Reader both took a look at Dennard.
It's safe to say cornerback is high on the 49ers to-do list. Aside from Tramaine Brock, Chris Culliver and Darryl Morris, it's hard to tell who will be in red and gold next season. Tarell Brown, Eric Wright and Perrish Cox are all hitting free agency, and Carlos Rogers will either need to restructure his contract, or be cut.
It leaves plenty of questions, and given Eric Reid's success, maybe the 49ers go for a second straight first round pick in the secondary. Of course, it's hard to really know what the 49ers will do given all the tradable assets at their disposal. The 49ers could move up or down, and the odds seem pretty good that we see a lot of movement from the 49ers throughout the draft.
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