31. San Francisco 49ers – Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
Analysis by Arrowhead Addict contributor Scott Loring
After acquiring an elite receiver at pick #13 in Henry Ruggs III, GM John Lynch solidifies the defensive boundary with the Auburn receiver-turned cornerback. Igbinoghene, who converted to the defensive side of the ball in 2018, may be too raw to become a major contributor as a rookie, but he certainly has the physical tools to become a starter by 2021, and will also be able to supplant Richie James as San Francisco’s kick returner.
The 49ers sport a respectable trio on their depth chart with veterans Richard Sherman, K’Waun Williams and Ahkello Witherspoon. But all three will be free agents next spring. It is vital that the Niners find capable corners, and fast.
Franchise left tackle Joe Staley is in the twilight of his career, so San Francisco could pick an offensive tackle if the right value is there. However, the need at corner is too great, and the team is prepared to win now. Lynch needs to track down a cornerback with one of his early picks, and though he would have preferred a more refined defender like Gladney with this pick, he is happy to add Igbinoghene to the fold. (Scott Loring)
Other Players Considered: CB AJ Terrell, OL Cesar Ruiz