The San Francisco 49ers are headed to the NFC Championship Game, but that doesn't mean that the 2012 NFL Draft will arrive any later. Nor does it mean that the discussion and analysis of potential selection is going to fade away. A recent intriguing development is regarding who the Niners might select with their second-round draft pick.
Mock draft website DraktTek believes that the 49ers might use their second-round pick (the No. 62 overall pick) to select Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Jayron Hosley. Here is what Tim Hudson, the 49ers DraftTek analyst, has to say on the matter:
49ers Pro Bowl CB Rogers will turn 31 this summer, and the 49ers need an option on the other side if they're going to punish the pass-heavy NFC teams. Enter the ball-hawk Jayron Hosley at the #62 pick in our DraftSim. His ball skills are like a wide-receiver (comes to the highest point of the pass) and he can match the breaks of NFL route runners. His tackling skills will need improvement, but he shows a willingness to provide the the run-support. His quick break, great hands, and sharp eyes project well as a zone corner to start, and with work on his jam and backpedal he can progress toward a cover corner. There are some durability concerns with his slight frame (172lbs at 5'10"). The larger concern is his lack of top speed, but Hosley could be a dangerous weapon in a defense that forces offenses to pass.
If there's one aspect of the vaunted 49ers defense that could use shoring up, it is pass coverage in the secondary. The Hosley move would make a lot of sense.
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