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49ers select a cornerback in latest Mock Draft

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Georgia v Florida Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A year ago, the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff was at the Senior Bowl scouting players and preparing for the NFL Draft. Fast forward a season, and the Niners staff is preparing for a Super Bowl; what a difference health makes. I’m sure on January 22, 2019; you had memorized every mock draft. With the 49ers being as good as they are, this is only the third mock draft of the year for us.

The ranges of outcomes this season for the 49ers will make the draft far more interesting this time around. Many believe the team will trade out of the first round to recoup some of the draft capital they gave up to acquire Dee Ford and Emmanuel Sanders. We’ll go through all those scenarios as we get closer to the draft.

SB Nation releases a weekly mock draft, and this week the 49ers selected Florida’s cornerback C.J. Henderson at No. 32:

32. San Francisco 49ers: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida

A starter for two-and-a-half seasons at Florida, Henderson would give the 49ers a defensive back who can work on the outside or be used in the slot. Don’t forget, Richard Sherman is a free agent after the 2020 season.

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah said, “Henderson is widely viewed as the second-best player at his position in this class.” He fits the 49ers scheme as he can excel in both man and zone coverage, plays with great effort and is a willing tackler. It helps that Henderson knows how to play the ball in the air, especially considering how December went for a certain cornerback in San Francisco.

I haven’t done a lot of work on Henderson, but from what I’ve seen, I wouldn’t bat an eye if he was the pick. I do think it’s important for the 49ers to continue to add skill, whether that’s on the perimeter, or it’s another pass rusher. I’d stay away from the offensive line as we’ve seen time and time again that the offensive line is a sum of its parts. San Francisco has scored over 60 points in two playoff games with an undrafted center and right guard. There have been zero issues upfront. What do you think?