Mailbag: Why Jason Verrett fits

April, 12, 2014
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Weekend mail call:

Jay from Meridian, Idaho, wants to know why I think TCU cornerback Jason Verrett is a good fit for the San Francisco 49ers.

Bill Williamson: He is a fantastic player. Let's start there. Verrett is smallish and he is more of a nickel cornerback than an outside cornerback, but he has a chance to be a star from that position. Defenses are playing from the nickel often, so if you are going to have a nickel on the field, you might as well have a great one and Verrett can become that.

Joseph from San Jose wants to know if I think the 49ers could trade their entire draft class to get Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins.

BW: I don't think it would cost all 11 of their picks, but it would probably cost No. 30, No. 56, No. 61, No. 77 and No. 94 to get in the range to take Watkins. The 49ers need to at least take a cornerback early, so I'm not sure they would be willing to give up so many picks. Drafting Watkins is tempting, but in the end, it would be a lot to swallow.

Mark from San Francisco wants to know if I think the 49ers could trade for Dallas cornerback Morris Claiborne.

BW: I really don't think it would take much to get Claiborne. He would reunite with LSU teammate Eric Reid and he could benefit from being in this strong system. But I'm sure the 49ers are likely more interested in players from this draft first before making a flier on a player who been a disappointment so far. But, the idea is not unthinkable.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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