The NFL Combine comes to a close today with defensive backs doing their thing, and it's kind of fitting. I have updated the Niners Nation 2014 NFL mock draft database, and cornerbacks have taken a sizable lead among positions. In the latest round of mocks, updated Monday evening, 14 are going with cornerbacks, eight are going with defensive linemen and six are going with wide receivers.
It is worth noting that the defensive line picks are going to see some changes in our next update. I'm thinking that update will have to happen later this week in light of Stephon Tuitt's foot fracture. The Notre Dame defensive lineman is currently mocked to the 49ers in four of the mock drafts, but Tuitt got some bad news at the NFL Combine. During medical examinations, X-rays revealed a foot fracture. We don't know the impact on his draft stock, but given that the 49ers already invested in an injured Tank Carradine last season, would they really make another pick like this relatively high?
For now, cornerback does make the most sense. I know some folks are looking at wide receiver as the pick to make, but depending on how the Carlos Rogers contract situation unfolds, the team could be looking at a need for one or two, cornerbacks. Even if they bring back Eric Wright and Perrish Cox for depth, they still need a long-term option.
Tramaine Brock will start on one side, and Chris Culliver likely has the edge on the other side. The team could decide a guy like Lamarcus Joyner might slip into the second round, in which case maybe the 49ers will go wide receiver in the first round. It's not like there is no need, but if they re-sign Anquan Boldin, this first round pick would be at best a third receiver, and very well could end up behind Quinton Patton as the fourth receiver. I suppose a first round pick would get more opportunities, but I am a little skeptical. It's not like this is a passing offense that spreads it out too much. I know wide receiver could happen, but logically a first round pick is a tough sell in my mind.