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The latest NFL mock draft from SB Nation has the San Francisco 49ers selecting cornerback Xavier Rhodes out of Florida State.
The San Francisco 49ers are still awaiting their first matchup in the playoffs, in which they'll host the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round, so their draft position is not yet set. But given that the season is already over for more than half of the league, the mock drafts around the Internet have really started to pick up.
Matthew Fairburn put out his latest mock over at SB Nation and he has the 49ers at No. 28 (with their opponents, the Packers, at No. 32, mind you). By his reckoning, the 49ers will go with Xavier Rhodes, a cornerback out of Florida State.
The 49ers are a team of few weaknesses, but the secondary could use a bit of work. Xavier Rhodes is a lengthy cornerback who plays with an edge on the outside. He's the type of athlete that could take this secondary to another level.
As it stands, the top corners on the 49ers are Carlos Rogers, Chris Culliver and Tarell Brown. The former has been very good since revitalizing his career in San Francisco, but he's getting up there in age, while Brown has always fallen short of expectations.
Other than that, San Francisco appeared to get good value out of Culliver when they took him in the third round in 2011, but the position could certainly stand to see another infusion of young talent. They'll have the luxury of not being forced to pick based on need, however. Still, Rhodes may fit the "best player available" bill.