Round 3 – Pick 74
Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
The 49ers went out and addressed their secondary woes with the signing of former Seattle Seahawks All Pro corner Richard Sherman. After being let go by Seattle, San Francisco was Sherman’s first and only meeting. He will join last year’s second round pick Akhello Witherspoon as the team’s top two corners. Both are long, press corners with the ability to run with the best receivers in the league. Sherman is a local product from Stanford who grew into one of the league’s best.
San Francisco would be wise to grab the closest thing this draft has to Sherman in fellow Cardinal alum Quenton Meeks. The Stanford corner is a long, strong corner. Questions remain about his ability to play deep with a lack of speed. A strong outing at his pro-day at least silenced some of those critics.
Meeks is an intelligent corner who understands the nuances of the position. If he can show that he has deep speed, he can develop into a high end starting corner. His mirror ability is excellent on short routes. A pair of long arms help him throw receivers off their route early into the process. One of the biggest positives of his game is the ability to disrupt receivers without getting penalized. Meeks went the entire 2017 season without being flagged, an almost unheard of accomplishment in today’s football.
San Francisco can start the season with Meeks learning behind Sherman. He could come on the field in specific situations or be the team’s third or fourth corner. Witherspoon and Meeks give the team two young long corners to pair for the future.