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2013 NFL Mock Draft: 49ers select Desmond Trufant in first round

The 49ers have 14 draft picks in 2013. They could look to bolster their secondary with their first selection.

Harry How

The San Francisco 49ers have been on fire in recent years when draft day rolls around. An argument can be made that they draft better than anyone in the league right now.

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When teams look to take that next step, they almost always rely heavily on players they drafted themselves. A free agent or two can help, but standout draftees are what really establish a franchise. The 49ers will look to make yet another successful selection this time around with either the 31st or 32nd overall pick.

According to the latest mock draft from Dane Brugler of CBS Sports, San Francisco will select cornerback Desmond Trufant from the University of Washington.

Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington: San Francisco has one of the best defenses in the league, but some of their weaknesses in coverage were exposed against the Falcons potent passing attack in the NFC Championship Game. Trufant had a stand out week at the Senior Bowl and is considered the top senior at his position by several teams.

Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown are both solid starters for the Niners, but there's no denying the defense would be that much better with a shutdown cornerback. As Brugler mentioned, plenty of concerns were raised in San Francisco after Matt Ryan picked apart the secondary in the NFC Championship Game.

The addition of Trufant would provide the defense with yet another weapon, as well as a very solid coverage guy down the field.

Other than cornerback, the 49ers could look to beef up their offensive line or add some depth behind Justin Smith on the defensive line.