Draft Q&A With Jamie Newberg

Scout.com's National Recruiting Analyst and NFL Draft guru Jamie Newberg has been evaluating college football players for 22 years. He was kind enough to answer some questions for Niners Digest about the upcoming draft. Do the 49ers have to take a corner or receiver with their first-round pick? What other players could be enticing there? He answers these questions and more inside.

Chris Biderman: It's clear the 49ers need to address cornerback and wide receiver early in this draft. Luckily for them both positions appear deep this year. The same could be said for safeties last year when they moved up to take Eric Reid. Should they move up again to take a corner like Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby or Jason Verrett - or a receiver like Odell Beckham or Kelvin Benjamin? Or is there enough depth here that they can get what they need at their current slot at No. 30?

Jamie Newberg: Fortunately for San Francisco they have six picks in the first three rounds meaning six of the top 100. What a luxury for the 49ers because it affords them the ability to move up or stand pat and grab six very good players in the first three rounds. Certainly they have the ammunition to move up if they were to choose to target one of the high end WRs or CBs. But I like where they are at if they don't trade up. They can use that first round pick to get the best available player and use picks two through six to target the corners and receivers. There is a chance that Benjamin and/or Beckham are there at No. 30. Certainly that's the case for cornerbacks Roby and Verrett. Again, it all depends on who they deem as the best guy at thirty. If it's a big man their is certainly enough depth at wide receiver and corner (especially at wide receiver) to get those guys later.

CB: With so many picks - including those six in the first three rounds - do the 49ers have to address their needs early on, or can they afford to take the best player available? If so, what players that don't play corner or receiver could you see them taking at No. 30? In my opinion Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt seems like an intriguing player here.

JN: I believe they could go in another direction with that first pick. In my latest mock I had San Francisco picking Tuitt. He's a huge defensive end that to me is an ideal fit in their 3-4 scheme. In my first mock I had them taking nose tackle Louis Nix. Talented players drop in the first round in the NFL Draft. It happens every year. Keep an eye on the QBs, because it will really benefit the 49ers if three or four of those guys are taken before they get around to the first pick. Three or four quarterbacks taken pushes three or four non-quarterbacks down, if you get my point.

CB: If San Francisco chooses to go for a receiver in the second round, who's the best fit between Jordan Matthews, Davante Adams and Allen Robinson?

JN: You mentioned three that I really like a lot and think any one of the three could give the 49er offense a boost. They are all receivers that have above average size and are physical. I favor Matthews the most out of this trio. He was so productive at Vandy. I just don't know if he will be available at No. 56. There's a better chance that Adams and or Robinson could be there at that spot. Again, it all depends on how SF and the teams drafting around them view this position. I do believe that there will be a huge run on receivers in the second round. There's a lot of talented receivers that I see being scooped up there like Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss), Jarvis Landry (LSU), Martavis Bryant (Clemson), Paul Richardson (Colorado) and others.

CB: The 49ers reportedly met with Bashaud Breeland after his pro day. Is he someone that would be a good fit in the second or third round? Which other corners would be good fits in those rounds?

Clemson corner Bashaud Breeland could be an intriguing fit with the 49ers in the middle rounds of the draft.

JN: I believe Breeland is third-round guy. He's just outside my top 100 overall. This is a good player that certainly the 49ers will have ample opportunity to take. But will they? He has good size (5-11/197). He runs well but not great. He's solid in run support but is not overly physical. What I do like is his ability to break on the ball. He's quick at that and very smooth. He's a good athlete with good cover skills. Yeah, he would be a fit in their defense. Other possible CBs in the mid-second and third round could be Jaylen Watkins (Florida), Aaron Colvin (Oklahoma), Desir Pierre (Lindenwood), Chris Davis (Auburn), Nevin Lawson (Utah State), Victor Hampton (South Carolina), Edward Gaines (Missouri) and others.

CB: San Francisco could use a safety to develop behind Antoine Bethea. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has wanted his safeties to be interchangeable in the past, but Reid was used exclusively at free safety during his rookie season. Could Reid transition to strong safety down the road? And which safeties in the middle rounds do you think would fit with the 49ers?

JN: Yeah, I believe Reid could develop into on of those interchangeable guys at safety. He's a good athlete with versatility to his game. In fact, he may be a better guy closer to the box because of his style. He's aggressive and a big time hitter and not afraid to go where the big boys play. I don't think safety is as deep as cornerback. Middle round possibilities are Dion Bailey (USCO), Kenny Ladler (Vandy), Ed Reynolds (Stanford), Vinnie Sunseri (Alabama), and Isaiah Lewis (Michigan State).

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