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2016 NFL mock draft: Niners Nation 2.0 goes with defensive backs

The San Francisco 49ers have a need at cornerback. Could they nail a playmaker at No. 7?

The 2016 free agency signing period gets started on Wednesday, which means team needs are going to get shaken up. I don't expect free agency to drastically shake up the top seven picks, but it could have some kind of impact. Just looking at the San Francisco 49ers, the team's quarterback situation leaves open all sorts of possibilities based on how free agency goes.

I asked Greg and Jake to put together a new mock draft to reflect the close of the Combine, and so here we have it. And I think their picks are intriguing possibilities that we do not see discussed too often. Cornerback is a position of need to some extent, but I have not seen a lot of mocks suggesting either of these two players. I don't know if Jalen Ramsey slips to No. 7, but it would certainly be intriguing if he did. Below are Greg and Jake's respective reasons for their picks, followed by their full first round mock drafts.

Greg's reasoning: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

Jalen Ramsey is an absolute playmaker with the ideal combination of size (6'1), speed (4.41 40), and athleticism. He is a physical defender bringing toughness and aggressiveness in run support, impressive blitzer off the edge, and an excellent tackler. Ramsey's size and fluidity makes him a great match-up in coverage, where he can utilize his length (33 3/8" arms) and aggressiveness in press, and solid instincts and awareness with a great burst in zone. The shut-down corner also shows impressive versatility to play the boundary, slot, and the safety position. Ramsey, a sure fire top ten pick, will likely be a shock slipping to the 49ers picking 7th. Nevertheless, if he's available, look for the 49ers to finally draft a gem of an elite shut-down corner worthy of his high draft status, and a prospect with the physical traits both the "Bigger is Better" Trent Baalke and Chip Kelly covet.

Jake's reasoning: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

With Jared Goff, Myles Jack and DeForest Buckner all off of the board, the player with the best value still sitting there is Vernon Hargreaves. A true lock-down cornerback with electric feet would be immensely appreciated to a well-depleted secondary that ranked 27th in pass yards allowed last year. Hargreaves, a Florida native, displays amazing athleticism, ball skills, physicality and sound play in both man and zone coverage. He is a bit undersized but he plays big (a cliché but it has never been more true). Considering he's all over the field and his athleticism is the through the roof, I have no problem with Hargreave's smaller frame.

Pick Team Greg Jake
1 Titans Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2 Browns Jared Goff, QB, California Jared Goff, QB, California
3 Chargers DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
4 Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
5 Jaguars Myles Jack, LB, UCLA Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
6 Ravens Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State Deforest Buckner, DE, Oregon
7 49ers Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
8 Dolphins Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
9 Buccaneers Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
10 Giants Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
11 Bears Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
12 Saints Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
13 Eagles Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
14 Raiders Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
15 Rams Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
16 Lions Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
17 Falcons Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
18 Colts Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
19 Bills A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
20 Jets Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State
21 Washington Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
22 Texans Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
23 Vikings Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
24 Bengals Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
25 Steelers Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State William Jackson III, CB, Houston
26 Seahawks Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
27 Packers Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor
28 Chiefs Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
29 Cardinals Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
30 Panthers Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana Karl Joeseph, S, West Virginia
31 Broncos Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M