Nov 30, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive back Lamarcus Joyner (20) rushes during the first quarter against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Rumors: San Francisco 49ers targeting a Safety


Now that the San Francisco 49ers know they are going to have dish out a giant contract to quarterback Colin Kaepernick, they have felt the hit in free agency, losing defensive back Dashon Goldson last season and defensive back Carlos Rogers this season, among several others.

The 49ers now have to focus on finding replacements in the draft.

According to Matt Burrows of The Sacramento Bee, the 49ers are targeting a safety.

They were one of four teams who sent a scout to watch Central Arkansas’ Jestin Love, a strong safety, go through his pro-day workout earlier this week. Love had a 38-inch vertical jump, leaped 10-foot, 3 inches in the broad jump and had 22 reps on the bench press. He is thought to be a third-day draft pick.

The 49ers also were on hand for Northern Illinois’ safety Jimmie Ward’s pro day and Trent Baalke himself attended Florida State’s pro day, which for the second straight year was loaded with NFL prospects, including cornerback/safety LaMarcus Joyner.

The 49ers drafted a safety in the first round last year when they took LSU’s Eric Reid with the 18th overall pick.

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