NFL Draft: 49ers double up on cornerback in mock 3-round NFL Draft
Our draft coverage won’t be as in-depth this season since the San Francisco 49ers don’t have a selection until after the second round. Last year, the Niners had the 12th overall selection.
We wondered if a quarterback would be available for them or if they would continue to build around Jimmy Garoppolo. But then the team went all-in and moved to No. 3.
Endless fictional drafts, quarterback debates, and searching the Internet for scouting reports on top players are a thing of the past.
When a fictional draft in two or three rounds comes along, that’s when we’ll share. NFL.com published one on Monday, and the 49ers selected a cornerback with both selections.
Pick 61: CB Tariq Castro-Fields, Penn State
Castro-Fields was in the Senior Bowl, so he’s probably already on the Niners’ radar. He is 6-foot, 198 pounds and finished the season with six pass breakups. Penn State’s recent recruits have done well.
Look no further than last season, between Micah Parsons, Jayson Oweh and Pat Freiermuth. The Nittany Lions produce some of the finest athletes in all of college football. Castro-Fields is a elite athlete.
I’m not sure of his 40-yard rush time, but in the spring of 2020, Castro-Fields had the second-fastest short shuttle time at 3.94 yards. Also, his wide jump was better than everyone else on the team at 10-foot-11.
At the time, that was better than Oweh, who ended up jumping 11ft 1in in last year’s combine – good enough for eighth place among all positions.
We’ll see if Castro-Fields lasts until the No. 61 pick. I’ve watched a few games and he understands how to play the position. I imagine teams would give Castro-Fields a higher rating than Ambry Thomas.
Castro-Fields performed well against an Ohio State team that includes three quality future receivers in the first round. He’s not afraid to tackle, can defend against man coverage, and had no trouble turning and running with the speed of the Buckeyes.
I’m a fan.
Pick 93: CB Marcus Jones, Houston
If you’re familiar with college football, you’ve heard of Jones. Yes, he’s a cornerback, but he has 11 career touchdowns.
He is undersized at 5’8, 185 pounds. But Jones finished last season with 13 passes defended and five interceptions. I would pull him alone from the ability of his special teams. Jones is one of the most dynamic returners of all time in college football. During his career, Jones returned six kickoffs for touchdowns and three punts for scores. It was inevitable. Even better, some of those scores came when Houston needed a game.
The Cougars have fielded Jones on offense on occasion. He finished last season with 113 yards from scrimmage on 12 attempts with a touchdown.
Jones is the type of player described as the “toughest pound-for-pound player in the draft.” He didn’t mind mixing up the defense when it came to tackles. When you play in the slot machine, you have to tackle.
Considering Jones’ man coverage skills, he would be an ideal replacement for K’Waun Williams. His ball skills are transferable and his returning ability would be a dream come true for San Francisco.
Pick 104: DT Otito Ogbonnia
Ogbonnia would serve as a cheap replacement for DJ Jones. The author knows the 49ers well, as Ogbonnia also played in the Senior Bowl:
Man oh man… Otito Ogbonnia is a one-on-one LOAD.
Cole Strange had a great day today, but Ogbonnia’s explosiveness, pad level and leverage are TOUGH. pic.twitter.com/z2CXnjM0oE
— Spencer N. Schultz (@ravens4dummies) February 2, 2022
One guy who looked great throughout the heads-up today at the Senior Bowl was UCLA NT Otito Ogbonnia. Flashed his reverse power pass run and some quick ones on back-to-back reps. Sleeper. pic.twitter.com/qHSUqUO5cw
— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) February 2, 2022
Ogbonnia is a huge human. He entered at 6’3, 326 pounds in the Senior Bowl. Kris Kocurek would love to get his hands on a player like this.