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The San Francisco 49ers have a need at safety, but will they find their man in the 2013 NFL Draft?
The San Francisco 49ers just played the last game of their season, and though they came further than 30 other teams this year, they still fell short of their ultimate goal, losing to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXLVII. It was a tough loss, but it was one that did a good job of showing the team's flaws in their most crucial game.
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One such flaw: the issues in the secondary. Safety Donte Whitner and cornerback Chris Culliver struggled mightily, and going forward, the 49ers will have to evaluate both positions to ensure they can get back to the big game and perhaps win Lombardi Trophy No. 6.
Matthew Fairburn of SB Nation released his latest 2013 NFL Mock Draft on Monday, and he has the 49ers addressing one of those positions, by taking safety Jonathan Cyprien out of Florida International.
The Super Bowl exposed the 49ers' weakness in the secondary. Jonathan Cyprien may be a bit of a longshot for the first round, but it's tough to find too many safeties with a more complete game than Cyprien. The choice of A.J. Jenkins a year ago shows that the Niners aren't afraid to step outside the box.
Not only is Whitner a liability in pass coverage, but free safety Dashon Goldson is a free agent once again. It will be interesting to see what the 49ers do with the position, especially given that both Goldson and Whitner were voted into the Pro Bowl this season.
The Ravens were able to pull ahead due to multiple mistakes in the secondary, and it's clear the 49ers need a new, young safety. Whether that will be Cyprien or not is up for debate, but it seems a solid pick at this point.