Much of the talk heading into the 2018 NFL Draft has been about the big names the San Francisco 49ers might consider at No. 9. We hear some chatter about day two options as well, but No. 9 is where the high profile action is.
But of course, the 49ers are busy considering their options for the end of the draft. The team has two picks in the seventh round, and then will be plenty active when undrafted free agency gets started Saturday afternoon.
The latest rumor could impact that. NFL Draft analyst Tony Pauline is reporting the 49ers worked out Stony Brook safety Chris Cooper at some point over the past month. Pauline is hearing the Seattle Seahawks hosted Cooper for an official visit, and he is Skype-ing with team for last minute interviews.
Cooper measured in at 5’11, 202 pounds at his Pro Day. He ran a 4.43 40 yard dash even while dealing with a hamstring issue, put up 17 reps on the bench press, and had a 35 inch vertical jump. He has been under the radar and still seems like no more than a seventh round pick at best, but he’s on the radar.
Teams can find starters in the seventh round, but more often than not when talking about offensive and defensive skill position players, you’re looking for a guy who can excel at special teams.