Originally written on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 11/13/14
Triple Shot: San Francisco 49ers   By Eric Judd   @ericjuddTSHQ   San Francisco 49ers Major Need: Cornerback   Best Shot: Desmond Trufant CB Washington. Sitting at (nearly) the end of the first round, San Francisco won’t be in a position to draft the class’ top cornerback. Trufant, however would provide an immediate upgrade to, and replacement for, Chris Culliver, who is on his way out of San Francisco, for more than one reason. Trufant is a physical cover corner with decent size (right about 6’ 190lbs), speed (estimated in the 4.4 range), and the skills to play the ball in the air. Trufant can jump for days, and should shine in drills at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.   Long Shot: Tharold Simon CB LSU It’s never a bad bet to draft the leader of Cornerback University, better known as LSU. Simon might not be anywhere near the quality of the last 2 CBs drafted from LSU (Patrick Peterson in 2011 and Morris Claiborne in 2012), he is a big CB (6’2” 192) and knows how to get involved with receivers and backs alike. With his physicality, you would like to see Simon get off WR blocks better but with his tools, and the proper coaching system in place, Simon could be a solid brick in the 49ers secondary foundation.   Shot in the Dark: Robert Alford CB SE Louisiana Small school player with big numbers. Exactly the kind of risk you take on day 3 of the draft. Especially when your franchise was 5 yards from a Championship. Robert Alford, even though he played in the illustrious Southland conference, Alford has quality experience in both press and zone coverage. His has good feet and better top end speed. It will be important to watch his hips and backpedal at the scouting combine, as his most important skills were rarely tested in college. Alford is a low risk, high-reward type player, and would be a good addition to the abused San Francisco secondary.  
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Hamilton: Angels knew what the risks were with signing me

MLB could move Orioles’ home games to another city

Kyle Lowry isn't exactly endorsing coach Dwayne Casey

J.R. Smith suspended two games for hitting Jae Crowder

Duke takes over as the No. 1 recruiting class


Kevin Love not expected to be available next series

Titans have reportedly been 'all over' Marcus Mariota

Report: Browns talked with Redskins about trading up

Doc Rivers tore into Clippers in film room after blowout loss

Josh Hamilton officially traded back to Rangers

Report: Landing Adrian Peterson too costly for Cardinals

Orioles VP reacts to Baltimore protests with passionate tweets

Should the Warriors be worried about extended rest?

WATCH: Paul Pierce bangs glass at Capitals-Islanders Game 7

Jon Jones turns himself into police, facing felony charge

Report: Brady was at stadium day of White House visit

Arkansas has leather belt to commemorate Texas Bowl win

John Angelos, Orioles got it right with Freddie Gray protest

Belichick's girlfriend fine with coach checking out Teigen

V. Stiviano posts birthday message to 'BFF' Donald Sterling

Mark Cuban and the inevitable playoff peril of the Mavs

Wizards made Raptors look bad while remaking themselves

Previewing Game 7 showdown between Islanders and Capitals

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Hamilton: Angels knew the risks

Jon Jones turns himself into police, facing felony charge

MLB could move Orioles’ home games

Duke takes over as the No. 1 recruiting class

Titans have been 'all over' Mariota?

Doc Rivers tore into Clippers after loss

Worst picks ever by every NFL franchise

Report: Cowboys not in on Peterson

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the QBs

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

Paul Pierce trolls Raptors fans

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.