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San Francisco 49ers Should Target These 5 CBs in Round 1 of 2014 NFL Draft

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5 CBs the San Francisco 49ers Should Target in 1st Round

Tramaine Brock/Perrish Cox
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While the San Francisco 49ers boast one of the deepest rosters in the NFL, they have some holes at the cornerback position. The team will look to address the need in the NFL Draft as there are a number of players who could be targeted by the Niners in the first round.

5. Jason Verrett, TCU

Jason Verrett
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5. Jason Verrett, TCU

Jason Verrett
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Verrett is a physical corner who is sound in his coverage. At 5-foot-10 he's on the smaller side but more than makes up for it with his speed (4.38 40). If the team is truly content with Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver on the outside, Verrett would fit well in the nickel role.

4. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

Kyle Fuller
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4. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

Kyle Fuller
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If the 49ers decide to stay put at pick No. 30 in the first round, Fuller could be a player who is available. He excels at defending the run as well as the pass, but he could have some issues matching up with some of the bigger receivers in the NFL unless he puts on weight (currently 190-pounds).

3. Bradley Roby, Ohio State

Bradley Roby
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3. Bradley Roby, Ohio State

Bradley Roby
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Roby has world class speed (4.39 40) and has upside that will intrigue some teams. At 5-foot-11, he is another corner who could play nickel in the 49ers' scheme. In today's NFL, that type of role is just as valuable as a starter because of how many snaps they will still play. Roby has had some off the field issues, but the 49ers have never shied away from that before.

2. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

Darqueze Dennard
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2. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

Darqueze Dennard
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Considered by many to be the top corner in the draft, Dennard could be taken as early as pick No. 10. The 49ers would have to trade up to get him, but they do have the firepower to do so. The name of Dennard's game is consistency as his numbers were almost identical the past two seasons at Michigan State (four interceptions, 10 passes defensed in '13, three interceptions, 10 passes defended in '12).

1. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

Justin Gilbert
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1. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

Justin Gilbert
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Gilbert is one of the most explosive players coming out of college and could make an instant impact. He has the size (6-foot) and speed (4.37 40) to be able to lock down receivers, and his big play ability can swing a game's momentum at any time. He returned two of his Big-12 leading seven interceptions for touchdowns in 2013. He's also an impact player in the return game, as he took six kick returns back for scores during his collegiate career.