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49ers GM Evaluates NFL Draft Prospects at CB, WR

Posted May 8, 2014

Cornerback and wide receiver are two popular selections for the San Francisco 49ers in mock drafts. Find out what general manager Trent Baalke looks for at those positions.


Cornerback or wide receiver?

According to the majority of NFL Draft experts, these two positions could be early targets for the San Francisco 49ers later Thursday and Friday.

It’s difficult to argue with this logic. Both positions are perceived as team needs, and there are intriguing prospects that could be available when the 49ers are scheduled to pick at No. 30, or perhaps be acquired via trade.

Entering the draft, cornerbacks Tramaine Brock, Eric Wright, Perrish Cox, Chris Culliver, Darryl Morris, Chris Cook and Dax Swanson and are currently on the  roster.

At wide receiver, the roster comprises Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Brandon Lloyd, Kassim Osgood, Quinton Patton, Jon Baldwin, Chuck Jacobs, David Reed, DeMarco Sampson and Devon Wylie.

On Wednesday, 49ers.com spoke with general manager Trent Baalke to get his take on the two position groups.

BAALKE ON CORNERBACKS:

"At every position, you’re looking at key traits that you feel they need to be successful, and it’s no different at the corner position. They have to be explosive athletes, they have to be instinctive, they have to have a short memory because in this game, you’re going to get beat. The shorter the memory, the easier it is to come back from the difficult times. There are a lot of things we’re looking at. Corner is certainly a position we’re looking at, but I wouldn’t weigh that any more than any other positions. We’re looking for good football players."

READ: Get to Know Cornerback Prospects

BAALKE ON WIDE RECEIVERS:

"That’s tough once again because you’re looking at your system. That’s what you try to do – look at your system, look at what you have, try to determine what your needs are. We’ve had a lot of conversations with the coaching staff through this process and feel we have the wide receiver group in the order that we’d like to take them. They come in all different shapes and sizes. You have Kelvin Benjamin who is 6-5, 240 down to Brandin Cooks who is a shade under 5-10 and 190 pounds. They come in all shapes, all sizes. They all have a quality that you like in them as players. They all can fit into your system depending on what you do. You take a lot of that into account and then you draft the best player available."

READ: Get to Know Wide Receiver Prospects

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