The San Francisco 49ers just spent their third pick pick on cornerback Will Redmond from Mississippi State.
Redmond (5’11”, 182 lbs) tore his right ACL during practice last October. Before he hurt his knee, he had given up just 11 catches on 23 targets, according to the Pro Football Focus 2016 Draft Guide. And he had intercepted five passes in his last 18 games.
Grade: B. Inside linebacker was a bigger need, but the Niners would have reached if they had taken one at Pick 68. Redmond is much more talented than any inside linebacker the Niners could have taken at this spot. But, Redmond’s knee is an issue. Can he play his rookie season, or will he be another medical red shirt? The Niners need him on the field.