49ers Select CB Chris Culliver in the 3rd round

The 49ers traded the 76th pick to move down 4 spots to No. 80 and picked up another 6th round pick. With the 80th pick the 49ers select…CB Chris Culliver from South Carolina.

Weight:199 lbs.
Arm Length:31 1/4 in.
Hand Size:8 5/8 in.
College:South Carolina

Culliver has the pure cover skills to eventually develop into a starter but does not display natural instincts and is not willing or productive in run support. Is versatile enough to play corner or free safety. Has the athleticism and speed to shadow in man coverage and the hip fluidity to turn and run but lack of route anticipation allows receivers to gain separation. Has the range to play the deep half or middle in zone but can be sucked in by play-action. Really needs to improve his ability to diagnose run and be productive coming up in support. Culliver’s a mid-round talent with higher upside.

Culliver’s a nice combination of height and speed. Smooth, fluid athlete. Can flip his hips or mirror receivers on underneath routes. Displays a good closing burst to the football. Very comfortable with deep half responsibilities and can as a single-high safety. Ball skills are good.

Liability in run support. Doesn’t want to take on blockers and takes too long to shed. Pursuit angles need work and also fails to breakdown and tackle in space at times. Tackling technique needs to be more consistent. Awareness in coverage is still a work in progress. Lacks some recovery speed when on an island.

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