The San Francisco 49ers have nine picks on day three of the 2016 NFL Draft, so there will draft plenty of developmental talent during that phase of the draft. One player they might have on their radar is New Mexico State cornerback Winston Rose. NFL reporter Aaron Wilson tweeted that the 49ers are among a handful of teams that have "expressed interest" in Rose as a day three pick.
Wilson is kind of a tiny guy. Well, tiny for a football player. He is 5'11, but weighed in at his Pro Day at only 177 pounds. He would have an inch on Chris Davis and Tramaine Brock, but would be 13 pounds lighter than the next closest cornerback, Keith Reaser. Given his time at New Mexico State, Rose is pretty far down the radar. One interesting note is that his defensive coordinator at NMSU was former NFL coach and defensive back Larry Coyer.
Here is what Rose's agent had to say about the defensive back:
"Winston has everything you look for in a starting cornerback," Ogilvie said. "From his length, his agility, speed, the numbers he put up at his Pro Day are top tier in every single category. On top of that, he has gained 10 pounds since he's been out here in Houston. He has the natural skill set of a starting cornerback. He's going to get a chance to develop his skills and work his way to earning a starting role."
Teams likely express interest in a lot of players leading up to the draft. I imagine teams tell numerous players they are on their radar for the late rounds. Some end up getting selected, a lot likely end up signing somewhere as an undrafted free agent. I would fully expect the 49ers will have discussions with plenty of players, particularly as day three moves along.