The deadline for college underclassmen to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft is a few days away, and Wednesday saw a local product toss his name in the ring. Stanford cornerback Quenton Meeks announced he was going to forego his remaining eligibility and take a shot at the big time.
The Stanford University football team has emerged as a significant power over the past decade, but it was not until 2016 that the San Francisco 49ers took a look. Prior to 2016, the 49ers had last selected a Cardinal in 2003 when they spent a first round pick on offensive tackle Kwame Harris. They got back into it in 2016 when they selected guard Joshua Garnett in the first round. They followed that up with a 2017 first round selection of Solomon Thomas.
The folks at Draft Wire put together a four-round mock draft earlier this week, and they had the 49ers selecting Meeks with a third round pick. Here is the full four-man class.
1 (9). Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
2 (60). Josh Sweat, EDGE, Florida State
3 (72). Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
3 (73). Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
4 (125). Mark Walton, RB, Miami (FL)
Meeks has solid size, standing nearly 6’2, and weighing 197 pounds. The 49ers head into 2018 with Ahkello Witherspoon and K’Waun Williams as the two primary returning cornerbacks, along with Greg Mabin. They’ll be looking for a starter, be it in free agency or the draft. If they went with a higher profile addition in free agency, maybe someone like Meeks makes sense if he slips later into day two or beyond.