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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Late-Round Sleepers the San Francisco 49ers Should Target

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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Late-Round Sleepers the San Francisco 49ers Should Target

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The San Francisco 49ers finished last season in a very disappointing fashion, after falling to NFC West divisional rivals the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game off that infamous tip by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. After the beat-down that Seattle put on the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, the 49ers will feel that if that had not happened, they would have won a Super Bowl.

This season, San Francisco will feel like they have the type of talent to once again make a deep NFL playoff run. Most of their players aren’t leaving in free agency, being traded or anything negative that could send them in a downward spiral like what happened last season to the Baltimore Ravens. The 49ers are going to come into next season as a major favorite for the Super Bowl by many, but they still have some positions to fill in the 2014 NFL draft.

The 49ers need some depth at the cornerback position, some extra bodies on the defensive line and, most importantly, a wide receiver. I know it sounds crazy that the talent-loaded 49ers need a wide receiver with Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin out wide for San Francisco, but they’re missing a speedy, explosive receiver.

Here are five late-round sleepers the 49ers should take a look at in the 2014 NFL Draft. Feel free to leave a comment in the section below if you think there are any other potential late-round picks that weren’t on this list that could help San Francisco.

Taylor Sturm is a Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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No. 5 CB Jabari Price – North Carolina

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Price performed well in the combine with 16 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and ran a 4.45 40-yard dash. Although short at 5-foot-10, he’s almost 200 pounds and will be able to beat up smaller receivers.

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No. 4 DE Zach Moore – Concadia-St. Paul

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Moore comes from a small school, which means he doesn’t have a lot national highlights. However, he’s the type of player who could go to the practice squad and become a starter in the future.

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No. 3 DT Shamar Stephen – Connecticut

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A predicted sixth-round pick, Stephen’s biggest criticism was that he didn’t defend well against the pass. The 49ers could use his big frame and run-stopping prowess against run-heavy teams as a plug-and-play player.

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No. 2 CB Bennett Jackson – Notre Dame

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All of Jackson’s criticisms stem from things that a good coach can fix. He could be a player who gets some playing time wherever he goes.

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No. 1 WR Dri Archer – Kent State

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With a 4.26 40-yard dash, Archer is exactly what San Francisco needs at receiver. They have large possession receivers in Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree, but they need someone explosive.