NFL Mock Draft 2013: 49ers to draft a safety replacement?

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Could the San Francisco 49ers draft a new free safety in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft?

Thirty teams in the NFL are now focusing on upcoming free agency and the 2013 NFL Draft, while the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens are forced to slug it out with yet another game. Don't they know that they're missing out in the draft frenzy?

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Fortunately, we know where they'll be picking. The 49ers will be picking at either No. 31 or 32, depending on whether or not they win the Super Bowl. As such, the mock drafts around the Internet have them picking last, due to the seeding.

Dan Kadar of SB Nation released his latest mock draft on Monday, and he has the 49ers taking a safety, D.J. Swearinger out of South Carolina.

One of the things lost in San Francisco's run through the playoffs is the team's poor pass defense. The cornerbacks, with Tarell Brown, Chris Culliver and Carlos Rogers, the cornerbacks are set. Swearinger could replace Dashon Goldson, an impending free agent, and help improve pass coverage.

There are some 49ers fans who would argue that the cornerback position is not set as Rogers gets up there in age and Brown continues to be inconsistent. That being said, the 49ers do have a little potential inconsistency at the safety position.

Sure, they both would have played in Sunday's Pro Bowl if the 49ers weren't in the Super Bowl this year. But Goldson is a free agent yet again, and Whitner is getting up there in years. Fans have expected the 49ers to address the position in recent years, but the draft hasn't been deep on safety talent for a while. This time around it is, and Swearinger could be the pick.

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