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A tough call on each side of the ball in this latest 2018 NFL mock draft

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The 49ers have needs at wide receiver and cornerback. This mock draft offers a chance to choose.

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The NFL wrapped up wild card weekend, which settled four more positions in the 2018 NFL Draft order. The San Francisco 49ers’ final position will not be known until the coin flip at the NFL Combine, but it will be either No. 9 or No. 10.

SB Nation’s Dan Kadar put together his latest 2018 NFL mock draft on Monday, and it offered an intriguing choice for the 49ers. Dan has the 49ers at No. 9, and taking Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley. He had this to say about Ridley to the 49ers:

With Nelson off the board, the 49ers could turn to wide receiver and find a No. 1 piece on the outside for Jimmy Garoppolo. With his stellar route running and short area explosiveness, Ridley is the draft’s best receiver. Some will quibble about his age – he’ll turn 24 in December – but his talent shouldn’t be overlooked.

Dan had the Oakland Raiders using their No. 10 pick on Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and immediately making the dual-use defensive back a full-time cornerback

The Raiders need to make cornerback a priority this offseason. If Fitzpatrick is available – and that will be a stretch – the Raiders should grab him and permanently move him to cornerback. With his size and playing style, Fitzpatrick might remind Raiders fans of Nnamdi Asomugha.

The 49ers have needs at both wide receiver and cornerback. I don’t know enough about Ridley vs. Fitzpatrick to say which is the clear choice. I think cornerback is a bigger need, and adding an impact corner makes a lot of sense in the first round. The 49ers need long-term considerations at wide receiver, but I think they are in a position with the return of Pierre Garçon to have a little more flexibility with how they approach the position.

Dan had four quarterbacks going in the top six picks, and six total in the first round. After the first four, Josh Allen went to Washington at No. 13. We don’t know what the future holds for Washington and Kirk Cousins, but if he leaves in free agency, that certainly opens up a need.

Where it gets more interesting with that pick is that maybe we see someone prepared to climb a little bit higher to draft Allen or Mason Rudolph (the two first round quarterbacks outside the top six). Maybe that puts the 49ers in position to find a willing trade partner looking to climb up for one of the quarterbacks?