Curtis Taylor, S, at Pick 219

The 49ers finally addressed the safety position by drafting LSU safety Curtis Taylor with the 219th pick.

Taylor replaced All-American LaRon Landry in 2007 and proved capable of handling the challenge, posting 54 tackles and three interceptions. His production dropped in 2008 (43 tackles, one for loss, two INT), partially because he missed three starts due to injury but also because his inconsistent play allowed younger players to earn playing time late in the season.

Positives: Long, chiseled frame. … Prototype size for the position — rangy and athletic. … Reads the field well and reacts quickly to the action. … Good straight-line speed and range in coverage. … Has natural hands for the interception and times his leaps well to pluck the ball at its highest point. … Competitive. … Has long arms and strength to wrap up tacklers. … Flashes explosive hitting ability.

Negatives: Can be too aggressive and can be tricked by effective play-action. … Takes poor angles in run support and when attacking receivers in the open field. … Is not a physical intimidator. … Will go for the hit instead of the secure tackle or interception. … Tight in the hips and is best when coming straight into the action. … Lacks the change-of-direction agility to handle running backs or receivers one-on-one in the open field.

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