Replacing Whitner

Assuming the 49ers re-sign Anquan Boldin and not Donte Whitner this offseason, how do you think the 49ers will replace Whitner?

The 49ers probably will draft a strong safety during the first two or three rounds, but that safety may not start from Day 1. If he can’t, Craig Dahl or C.J. Spillman or a free agent the 49ers sign might be able to play strong safety until the rookie develops.

Which strong safety do you think the 49ers will draft? My best guess is Lamarcus Joyner. He seems similar to Whitner — short, but very athletic and aggressive.  Joyner played strong safety for Florida State in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, he played cornerback and was a unanimous first-team All American. He also returned kicks.

If another team drafts Joyner before the 49ers pick in the second round, the 49ers could draft Ahmad Dixon.

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