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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Where Does Cornerback Fit In For 49ers?

Most of the NFL mock drafts across the Internet have focused in on the wide receiver position for the San Francisco 49ers. The team had incredibly poor production from the position in the NFC Championship Game, and generally seemed to lack a monster big play threat for much of the season. Vernon Davis stepped up in the playoffs, so that might raise some confidence in what the team already has on its roster.

Aside from wide receiver, an intriguing position for the 49ers is cornerback. This season saw a dominant season from Carlos Rogers, a strong step forward from previously questionable Tarell Brown, and a solid rookie season for Chris Culliver. As is, that is a solid group to build around. The big question is whether or not Rogers priced himself out of the 49ers budget with his monster season. If that is the case, Brown and Culliver are likely one and two on the depth chart, but the depth does take a hit.

SB Nation released their first post-Super Bowl NFL Mock Draft and they have the 49ers selecting South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore:

Conventional wisdom in most of the recent mocks gives the 49ers a receiver here, but all the first-round worthy guys are off the board. Gilmore would be a nice addition for the 49ers, who run a lot of zone coverage out of the base defense. He also has tremendous ball skills.

The 49ers could be in a best player available mode in the draft, which opens the door for a lot of possibilities. I would be a little bit surprised to see them go with a cornerback given their apparent happiness with guys like Brown and Culliver, but in a pass-heavy league, I suppose you can never have another secondary depth.