Patrick Peterson: The Next Niner?

Posted on April 5, 2011 by

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With the draft coming up in 23 days, the 49ers have a league high 12 picks for this year’s draft. From a game-changing corner to a potential franchise quarterback, Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke must have a solid game plan this upcoming month, especially with the change of schemes on both sides of the ball. The Front Office also has several problems to solve with current 49ers, especially those who were not resigned before the lockout. Aubrayo Franklin who has anchored the Niner defense for the past four years is demanding a long-term deal out of the Niners range. If the front office plans on placing the franchise tag on him for a second year it will range from $8-12 million. Ray McDonald and Takeo Spikes are also unsigned which leaves uncertainty in the Niners front seven.

New Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio is one of the leaders in the resurgence back to the 3-4 defense and it looks like the Niners will stay with this scheme. He plans to insert his Cover 7 scheme, which focuses on man-to-man coverage, a switch from the Niners zone defense. This switch makes it clear that the Niners will likely draft a corner with their first pick, which would allow Nate Clements to move to the number 2 as his speed as diminished considerably since he came from Buffalo. Peterson would be a steal at number 7, as he has the tape and resume to back it up. He is a shutdown corner who is a game changer once he gets his hands on the ball.

-DMAC

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