The San Francisco 49ers used their second 4th round pick to draft NC State defensive back Dontae Johnson. The 49ers are adding a guy that stands 6'2, 200 pounds and conceivably can play anywhere in the secondary. It sounds like he is better as a cornerback, and needs to use his hands with his size. He ran a 4.5 40 and has a 38.5 inch vertical.
The 49ers secondary will feature extensive competition. At cornerback, Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver are looking like the starters. First round pick Jimmie Ward will compete at nickel back, along with Eric Wright and Perrish Cox. Chris Cook and Darryl Morris will be in the mix as well, but now the addition of Johnson makes for an interesting competition. NFL Network's Mike Mayock likes him better as a cornerback, while Charles Davis viewed him better as a safety.
STRENGTHS: Good height, balance and athleticism ... Efficient plant-and-drive. Has a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump. Sets a hard edge in run support -- works to get off blocks, throws his weight around and tackles aggressively ... Smart and hardworking.
WEAKNESSES: [L]ean and needs to bulk up and get stronger. Has short arms and small hands. Lacks elite top-end speed ... Hesitates to diagnose from depth and takes some inaccurate angles. Shows tightness in transition. Struggles to break down and tackle in space
1. First round: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
2. Second round: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
3. Third round: Marcus Martin, C/OG, USC
4. Third round: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
5. Third round: Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson
6. Fourth round: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
7. Fourth round: Dontae Johnson, DB, NC State
8. Fifth round: Jaguars (draft day trade) - No. 10 (No. 150 overall)
9. Fifth round: own - No. 30 (No. 170 overall)
10. Sixth round: Browns (draft day trade) - No. 4 (No. 180 overall)
11. Seventh round: Panthers (Colin Jones trade) - No. 28 (No. 243 overall)
12. Seventh round: own - No. 30 - (No. 245 overall)